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Wine Tasting Video: a great quartet from the Côtes du Rhône March 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

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Latest video, complete with translation error – apparently, while Chasse means hunt, Châsse (with the ^) means reliquary. So there you go, apologies to all offended by my linguistic skills. Anyway, the video…

La Châsse Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2009 (£6.99 Asda, Booths, Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Tesco)
Fresh and juicy, almost the sort of wine you could chill, but still packs in the dusty berry, plum and spice flavours, plus touches of iron and leather. B(-)

Caves Saint-Pierre Côtes-du-Rhône Vieilles Vignes 2009 (£6.12 Sainsbury’s)
Richer, deeper style, still with juicy dark fruit, but there’s also more wild herbiness, plus extra grip & grunt. B+

Caves Saint-Pierre Côtes-du-Rhône Villages 2009 (£8.98 Asda, Tesco)
Better still, with a core of dark, brooding fruit, extra warmth and spice, fuller, richer, more profound, excellent value. S-

Domaine de la Graveirette Côtes du Rhône 2009 (£11.95 Caviste)
Quite a different style with exotic, almost Alsace-like notes of grapiness and floral (rose petal and violet) character, but then the spicy peppery warmth of the south kicks in, along with the gentle but still very aromatic meaty plum and berry flavours. Dainty fragrant style. S

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