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2016 Domaine Calendal "Plan de Dieu" Côtes du Rhône-Villages

SKU #1374874 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 My money is on the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan De Dieu Calendal, from brilliant consultant Philippe Cambie, being the finest example of this cuvée to date, and it’s certainly one of the finest Côtes du Rhônes ever produced as well. Made from 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre brought up in barrel, this full-bodied beauty boasts a saturated purple color as well as a huge nose of cassis, toasted spices, crushed flowers, and hints of garrigue. It’s round and opulent, yet also elegant, with rock-solid underlying structure. Don’t miss it.  (8/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the partnership of enologist Philippe Cambie with Gilles Ferran (of Domaine des Escaravailles) comes Calendal's 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu. A poster child for Cambie's style, it showcases ripe black-cherry fruit, plenty of weight and richness on the palate, velvety tannins and hints of baking spices. It's a lush, easy-drinking wine to enjoy over the first 4-5 years of its life. (JC)  (10/2018)


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Staff Image By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2018 | Send Email
This is a complex, earthy wine, with savory notes of sage and pepper, underscored by hints of jasmine and dried currants. It's full-bodied with lots of texture, but enough bright acidity to provide a great sense of balance. This wine would be amazing with a big hunk of lamb by its side.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
Incredibly pure and refined, it takes the modest category of Cotes du Rhone to an entirely different level. There's intriguing high-toned aromatics, an abundance of deep red fruit with a building finish, and balanced acidity. While many might compare this to a high-end CdP, I find that it has much more early appeal and finesse than what many of those wines bring to the table. It is, however, a stunning example of why 2016 in the Southern Rhone will continue to be cherished for the years to come.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
God´s plan - isn't that a Drake song? Anyway...this is good, really good. This appears to be yet another indication that the 2016 vintage in the southern Rhone valley is every bit as impressive as reported by the press. Aromas are forward, effusive, bright, and fresh, with waves of red fruit and a hint of fresh citrus peel. Purely fruited and balanced on the palate - intense and fresh are the two words I'd use to describe the flavors. For any fan of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, buy this wine in quantity to drink and age as you wait for your 2016 CdP's to come around.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
This is a wine that punches far above its weight-class. Served blind I would have easily guessed that this was a Chateauneuf-du-Pape because of its seductive, Grenache dominant nose. Beautiful aromas of raspberry kirsch, crushed volcanic rock and spice notes. The palate is silky-smooth with a cool rush of red fruits, minerals,, spice and garrigue notes. This is an ideal wine for those who want the Chateauneuf-du-Pape experience at a Cotes-du-Rhone price.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.5