WINE REVIEW: Cellier des Dauphins 2018 Côtes du Rhône Rouge, France ($12)
by Andrew Chalk
In the rich wine tapestry that is France’s verdant Rhône region, Côtes du Rhône is actually the lowest quality designation that is region-specific. That explains the modest price on this wine but it belies the pleasure that it brings in every glass. A blend of Grenache and Syrah from a cooperative 10 miles north of the historic city of Avignon it is the peppery Grenache fruit that shines through most distinctly on the nose. A little more discovery reveals raspberry, forest floor and thyme. On the palate the fruit, pepper, and velvety tannins contribute a straightforward but unequivocally enjoyable mouthful. Best with the wild boar and lamb of the region it also stands up to fatty beef such as ribeye or strip. No gains from ageing this wine, drink now.