Sub-region: Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
Grape(s): Mourvedre 34%, Syrah 33%, Grenache 33%
When it comes to soft, sweet-fruited fragrance and tender flesh, few regions can rival the Southern Rhone at its best -- and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this great value Best In Show. The colours are black-purple, and bilberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and just about every other berry you can think of comes curling from the glass as you swirl, all freshly defined. The palate, too, is fruit-packed: brimful, overflowing, exuberant, exotic and life-enhancing. There are tannins, but they are soft too and almost an afterthought, and the juicy acidity is buried in the fruits. Enjoy this wine as soon as you can, and don’t even think about ageing it .. which would be to sacrifice its youthful appeal. Drink and buy more instead.
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