Domaine Pierre Usseglio Côtes Du Rhône 2016

$35.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Dark purple in the glass, with a spicy nose full of blackberry, fresh flowers and savory aromatics of fresh herbs thrown on the grill. Black fruits persist on the layered palate along with lavender, olives and licorice. Think of this as a mini-Chateauneuf-du-Pape, not a Cotes-du-Rhone. Medium to full-bodied, with bright acidity keeping it fresh.
Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Grenache Mourvèdre Cinsault
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Côtes-du-Rhône
Brand Domaine Pierre Usseglio
Vintage 2016

Wines of Rhone Valley

The Rhone wine region is situation in the south of France in the Rhone Valley. The region is split into north and south with distinctively different winemaking styles. In the north, the main grape used is Syrah and is sometimes blended with white varietals. In the south however, reds are a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. You may be familiar with this sort of blend; in Australia it is labelled GSM.

Wines are produced under various Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designations. The most prestigious of which is Chateauneuf-du-Pape. You may also have heard of other AOC names such as Gigondas, Hermitage, Lirac, St Joseph. Wines coming from these and other AOCs are all on the higher end of the market.

On the value end we have wines produced in Cotes-du-Rhone AOC. Cotes-du-Rhone often refers to wines made in the Rhone Valley that do not fall under any other AOC, often from the flatter areas around Southern Rhone. However, it also does include the fringes of well-respected northern appellations as well. In terms of volume, a majority of Rhone wine falls under the Cotes-du-Rhone AOC and it offers some of the best value in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds.

Full-bodied and flavourful white wine blends are also made in the region. These are typically a combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.

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James Suckling – Fruit-derived complexity with fragrant spicy red and blueberry notes and sappy, foresty nuances. The palate has juicy depth and nicely defined structure, with red cherry, plum and raspberry flavors. Drink now.

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Blackberries, raspberries, peppery spice and Provençal garrigue all emerge from this ripe, textured, downright delicious Côtes du Rhône that has real class. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink: 2017-2024.

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