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Cotes du Rhone Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2017

February 15, 2019

 

Cotes du Rhone Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2017

 

The Wine Society -  RH50701 £7.75

 

Tasting date - 15/12/2018

 

 

Appearance - Medium ruby

 

Nose intensity - Medium minus

 

Primary aroma - Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, strawberry, simple

 

Secondary aroma - None

 

Tertiary aroma - No bottle evolution

 

 

Sweetness - Dry

 

Acidity - Medium

 

Tannin and nature -  Medium ripe and soft

 

Alcohol - High alcohol

 

Body - Medium plus

 

 

Intensity - Medium

 

Primary flavours -  Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, strawberry, simple

 

Secondary flavours - None

 

Tertiary flavours - No bottle evolution

 

 

Finish - Medium but slightly burning

 

Quality - Good

 

 

Tasting Logic

 

 

A simple red fruited wine with tannins on the lower level could send you many places; Beaujolais, Valpolicella, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Loire Cabernet Franc. The key elements to focus on here would be alcohol, acidity and lack of ripe nature of the fruit.

 

Most common red fruited wines are usually from a cooler climate and would often show a medium level of alcohol and maybe higher levels acidity. Other than Pinotage, there are very few varieties that show that fruit spectrum with the associated warm/hot climate traits.

 

 

This sort of wine would often appear to show the diversity of the grape - try it against a Mclaren Vale example, Priorat ( or similar) and a top quality Southern Rhone to really get a grip on the variety. Don’t forget that a Rose would be a neat fit in a Grenache line-up.

 

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