Bernard Latour Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vigne ReviewBernard Latour Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vigne Review –  red wine produced by Domaine de l’Espigouette in Southern Rhone, France.

Vintage: 2012

What a great surprise this was!  To me, the Bernard Latour’s Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vigne is the embodiment of your a-typical Cotes du Rhone regional style.  Bernard Latour now heads up operations at Domaine de l’ Espigouette.  The soil in this region of Southern Rhone is primarily comprised of sand and clay, which seems to add a unique refinement to Domaine de l’ Espigouette final wine products.  The hilly nature of the region (Côtes) forces the roots of the vines to dig a big, adding increased concentration to the grapes and thus yielding bolder flavored wines.  Wines are harvested in an effort to capture maximum ripeness.

Fun Rhone Wine Fact: “Côtes” is French for hillsides where grapes grow

Often found for around $20, it’s blended with a mix of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Mourvedre grapes.  This particular vin is not only bold, dry and fruity, it’s also backed by substantial earth, unique clay and fine grain sandy minerals.

Bernard Latour Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vigne ReviewBernard Latour Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vigne 2012 Tasting Notes

In the glass, the Cotus du Rhone red blend has a beautiful red cherry core with clarity backed by a plumish hue.  The nose of the wine is bright and flashy, with big hints of ripe red “crunchy” berries.  Additional aromas include subtle evidence of vanilla custard.  On the opening palate, the wine immediately tastes refined and well balanced.  Big hits of red berries — raspberry, cherry and undertones of strawberry.  Towards the middle palate, dark fruit begins to show itself.  Along the lines of plum, some blackberry and bits of dragon fruit.  All of this fruit is firmly backed by a noticeable presence of ground black pepper spice and dry forest floor earth.  Towards the close, the complexities seem to culminate in a great balance of morello cherry cream, raspberry jam and grippy tannins.  The finish is medium-long, refined and balanced across the tongue.  This wine should be drank within 1 -3 years for best flavors, and can be chilled to around 61 degrees fahrenheit.

Bernard Latour Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vigne 2012 Food Pairings

Try this wine with duck confit risotto (click for recipe) along with olive oil (in place of butter) and sage.  Stick with savory dishes.  Additional ideal pairings include rack of lamb garnished in an herbal marinade, moist brisket or filet mignon and four cheese risotto with oregano.

Images courtesy Domaine de l’Espigouette.

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