Wine to the Wise: Garrigues 2011 Cotes Du Rhone

This is truly a treat and here is why.

Did you know that 95% of all BC wine is purchased and consumed in BC. The same goes for almost all wine regions in the world – the best of the region stays in the region. That is what makes this Cotes du Rhone as well as the Domaine de Caillou Chateauneuf de Pape and the Les Quartz Cotes du Rhone such true treats. These are items that have never graced our stores shelves before as they have always been purchased and enjoyed in France and in exclusive collections in the UK. I’m not sure how John at TerraRosa imports did it, but I’m glad he did.

Although priced slightly higher than most of the Cotes Du Rhone’s you see on the market everyday (Guigal $22, Perrin $17, Montfaucon $24) it is a true treat that we not see again.

Primarily Grenache (85%), Syrah (10%), and an equal blend of Mouvedre, Cinsault and Carignan (5%) this wine is showing incredible depth and complexity for a wine of this price and as young as it is.

The aromas are complex, layered and focussed on raspberry, blueberry and blackberry compote with hints of savoury spices, wet earth and subtle smoke.

The palate is complete from the front through the mid-palate and long finish. As complex and layered the aromas are the palate is equal to the task. More of the ripeness shows through on the palate than in the aromas, but I’m liking revelling in the waves upon waves of flavour profiles.

This wine makes and great gift or sharing glass because of it rare-ness but is also a real delight with roasted Turkey, duck, any number of charcuterie items and, tourtiere.

There is very limited quantity on this wine and its big brothers, so I suggest getting it now.

Bang For The Buck Score: 9.2/10

Cheers

Look also for Les Quartz Cotes du Rhone $39, and the Domaine de Caillou Chateauneuf de Pape (http://www.liquorplus.ca/store.aspx?Mode=ProductDetail&ProductID=85232) $95

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