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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