I got to try a new Cotes Du Rhone, per a recommendation from a friend. And I am so happy I did. It’s a full bodied red at it’s finest. I thought it was a bottle that I had before. But I doubt it. This flavor would have resonated with me. Is it the peppery taste that makes me love Cabernet Franc so much or are there some exciting things going on here?
Now I have always like a good Rhone, Grenache has always been a favorite for me.
The La Grande Ribe Cuvee Centenairee Cotes Du Rhone 2009 is one for the books. As soon as I took a whiff upon opening, I knew I was in for something different and something special. Boy was that an understatement.
There was a smokiness, along with something else very distinct about the aroma. So I took a pour and this blew my taste buds away. I thought I was tasting a piney, earthy, or maybe out of this world selection. Well I looked up what I could and discovered that barbecue smoke and roasted herbs are added to make this a dynamite bottle. Literally.
Mystery is abound, however, as I cannot find anything about the winery itself. But to my pleasure and lack of surprise, you can look this wine up and get a dozen or so different synopsis and evaluation of what is included. It’s all about interpretation and the power of persuasion. But I definitely can taste the smoke and the herbs. Or is it something else too good for words?
Now this recap tells me there’s the black pepper I alluded to, coffee, cinamon, figs, and licorice flavors. Now which one is it? There’s also red fruit and black fruit? So much to keep up with. This could take years or maybe sooner, but one day, I will figure this puzzle out. Maybe they’re all right? Or maybe it’s not meant to be solved? Just maybe, the flavor can be whatever you interpret it as. Ah this adds to the mystery…
Bottom line, this is an awesome get. And this is how I enjoyed it.
Pretty inspiring I know.
All the best,