The Sour Grape

Mas Du Libian ‘Khazan’ Cotes Du Rhone 2013

Deep, rich and comforting… it’s hard to beat a solid Cotes-du-Rhone.

Few wine regions in world consistently balance concentration of fruit with depth of character like the Rhone does at table wine prices. So it’s no surprise that the ‘Wine Society’ is able to routinely offer their members quality Cote-du-Rhône wines for a good price.

This has deep ruby colour with a pink rim, ripe red fruit (redcurrant, red cherry) and black fruit (black berry) aromas, with spicy black pepper, garrigue herbs and a pastel/chalky mineral characteristics. On the palate there’s concentrated black berry fruit and a wide vein of vanilla, underpinned by a juicy acidity and firm grippy tannins that are still a little green but are starting to integrate and will soften nicely over the next 3-4 years or so in bottle. Finishes fairly short and clean but has intense aromatics while on the palate. Decanting for an hour or so advised for now. £8.75 a bottle from The Wine Society.

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