This is one of the best young Cotes du Rhones I've had in quite some time. It has lovely bright aromas and flavors--a joy to drink. And it's widely available for about $9.95.
Deep ruby. Good strong core of Syrah showing. Beautiful aromas of cherries, peppercorn, cassis, spice and freshly cut flowers. Reminds me of Vinsobres, and I love Vinsobres. Flavors are lively and intense. Dark cherry and licorice with some Syrah-type pepper. Fleshy texture, just right for hearty foods. Traditional CDR without the international trappings.
Actually, I discover, the cuvee includes 20% Syrah from the Perrins' vineyards in Vinsobres--a very good source--plus Grenache and Mourvedre. The wine is showing well right now but with plenty of strength to carry on for a few years.