Tuesday, 13 May 2014

From the Tasting Room : Joseph Boulard Côtes du Rhône

Red wines from the Rhône have a checklist in our minds: big, rich, fruity, spicy. They're from a hot climate, charged further by the Mistral winds that sweep through the valley. The stony soils provide great conditions for growing grapes as they force the vines to dig deep down into the ground while also acting as heaters during the cooler evenings (they retain the heat from the sun and radiate it up into the vines at night).

This is a predominantly juicy, ripe Grenache blend as you'd expect from Joseph Boulard. Unoaked, this allows the purity and generosity of fruit to shine through the wine and fully express itself in the glass. The Joseph Boulard wines, particularly the Côtes du Rhône red, have been big hits with customers since their release. 

Joseph Boulard Côtes du Rhône 2013

You can tell this has come from a good year. Big notes of fresh, ripe berry fruit. Definitely some spice in there too that a little hard to pin down, but we agreed on clove being in there somewhere. The richness of flavour and depth of the wine is almost reminiscent of a snifter of cherry brandy.

Soft tannin and fresh acidity perfectly balance out the Grenache-laden fruit and depth. As you'd expect from an excellent Grenache it's loaded with ripe, juicy red fruits - cherry, redcurrants and raspberries all feature. Again, as with the nose, an unmistakable spiciness is there in the background of clove.  

The wine leaves you with the sensation that you've just had a mouthful of freshly picked berries with a flavour that carries on remarkably. This is one for the barbecue season.

Wine Details:
Joseph Boulard Côtes du Rhône 2013
Côtes du Rhône, France
13% abv

Alex, David and Adam
Averys Wine Bloggers

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