2014 Clos Chanteduc Côtes du Rhône (Previously $16)

SKU #1377126

Owned by Patricia and Walter Wells, the Clos Chanteduc is situated above the historical part of Vaison la Romaine. Their Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grow from 60-plus-year-old vines. Harvesting of the grapes are done manually with all stalks and stems removed, with a gentle extraction done after sorting. The juice is aged for 12 months on the lees in old wood casks. Patricia Wells refers to the wine in humble language, calling it the perfect “everyday red” and speaking of it in terms of a bistro wine. The lovely hillside vineyard of Clos Chanteduc overlooks the little town of Vaison la Romaine and commands a beautiful view of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux. Most of the vines were planted in the 1950s, so the fruit is fully mature, bringing a concentration and depth that can’t be produced by younger plants. The winemaker is Yves Gras of the famous Domaine Santa Duc in Gigondas. He also manages the vineyard for Patricia Wells, and pursues a fastidious attention to detail both in the vineyard and the cellar. So what makes this particular Côtes du Rhône the perfect food wine? Rhône blends already tend to be food friendly, and this one has a touch more Syrah, increasing the black pepper note, and a lighter bodied style with good acidity that plays perfectly with savory and salty elements. It might not surprise you that one of Patricia Wells’ favorite pairings is black truffle spaghetti.

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.