2016 Domaine Grand Nicolet Cotes du Rhone
- Rhone Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
"A great value, Grand Nicolet's 2016 Cotes du Rhone is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% each Carignan and Cinsault. It's medium to full-bodied and silky across the palate, delivering hints of black olives and black cherries. It's not overly concentrated but is a delicious, bargain-priced wine to drink over the next few years." 89 pts.
-The WIne Advocate
Bright crimson red
Full fruit on the nose, tobacco notes
Delicious! OK, technically, good fruit vs acidity, full of cherry and dark berry flavours, some floral notes and forest floor. Medium to full body with a very satisfying finish.
- Winemaking Notes
The first ha of the estate was planted in 1875 and the cellar built up in 1926. It was then the first private cellar of Rasteau. The real start in vine growing started in 1930, when Maurice Leyraud (the grandfather of Jean Pierre Wife) decided to plant Grenache and Carignan, instead of cereals and olive trees.
In 1989, jean Pierre started to work in the estate at 24 years of age, and in 1999 he took over management of the entire estate. At that time, he asked a dear old friend of his, Philippe Cambie to help him with his wine business.
Today, Jean Pierre is running a 20 ha estate and annually produces nearly 200hl in Cotes du Rhone and 500 hl in Rasteau. The estate is composed mostly of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre, on clay and limestone soil. Harvest is destemmed at 100% and vinification takes place in concrete tanks and old french oak barrels.
Notes from the winery:
Minimal use of treatment products, Promotes leaf surface.
Vinification: Manual harvest. Whole grapes.
Reassembling and blackouts. Temperature control. Fermentation from 16 to 22 days after wines. Fermented separately.
Pressed in concrete tanks.
- Food Pairing
Pair with red meat dishes, chicken or other poultry, pastas and veggie dishes. Very versatile wine. Enjoy on it's own also!
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"Very solid, with steeped plum and boysenberry fruit lined with roasted alder and tobacco notes. An iron element lurks on the finish, showing good flesh for the vintage."
"A knockout Cotes du Rhone that does everything right, Bertrand’s 2011 Cotes du Rhone is comprised of 70% Grenache and equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan. Aged 14 months in concrete tank, it offers up a terrific bouquet of ripe red and blackcurrants, saddle leather, spice-box and licorice to go with a full-bodied, voluptuous and textured feel on the palate. Buy this beauty by the case and enjoy it over the coming 2-4 years. Drink now-2017."
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