2013 Maison Williams Chase Côte Du Rhône


Discovery

While on route to our vineyard in Provence, I stopped off to see a friend in this celebrated region of winemaking. A long lunch inevitably turned into an impromptu wine tasting and a boot full of their best Côtes du Rhône! This wine is not to be underestimated; whilst it remains feminine, it packs a powerful punch of flavour, a personal favourite.

Tasting Notes

From vineyards outlaying the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, these old vines were handpicked and entirely whole bunch fermented. It is bright medium ruby red in colour. On the nose it is the Grenache that dominates with hints of menthol, liquorice, and cherry liqueur. On the palate we find a pleasing freshness driven by a seductive length of acidity from start to finish. Whilst initially dominated by red fruits – notably cherries – it progresses into blackcurrant and liquorice on the finish. A dominant, yet fine tannin structure supports this delicate wine.

Did you know?

-This appellation produced the papal community’s favourite wines when it still existed in Avignon.

-The King at the time ordered that the wines be shipped with CDR written on the case to protect their origin, it is thought this was one of the first instances of the appellation system.

                                               




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