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Friday, 29 June 2012

Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2010

Les Courtilles ('the courtyards') was founded in 1997.  It's a lovely fresh, modern take on the classic Cote Du Rhone style - what we in Australia generally know as a GSM, and in this case its a 48/ 44/ 8 blend of those three bad boys.

Attractive on approach, a red and black-fruited mix, kirsch, some violets and a hint of the classic wild herb, hawthorn and hedgerow mix so appealing.

More of the same on the palate, initially tannins can seem a little aggressive and powerful, but they do seem to tame quickly - or you get used to them.  

It shows a touch of silk 'n' steel, the old iron fist in a velvet glove, the tannin prominent, they mouthfeel quite lush.  Concludes with a spicy twist.  I could drink a fair bit of this, and at the price you can too without breaking the bank.  92 - Very Good

Source: Sample
Price: $19
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap


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