Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Torrent du Trignon’ Sablet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012, France


Don’t buy cheap Châteauneuf, this is far, far better

Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Torrent du Trignon’ Sablet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012, France (£11.99 D Byrne, The Vineyard, Highbury Vintners, Bacchanalia)
There are lots of Rhône reds with similar warm plummy generosity and earthy spice, but this stands out firstly for its exotic nature – there’s an almost Alsace like floral lychee-like edge here – and the fact that despite its 15% alcohol, the overall impression is of unforced elegance. Drinkable now, but has the tannic backbone to keep it going for…I hesitate to say 10 years, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it still fighting fit at that age. S(+)

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