Juice 2018 Côtes du Rhône, Terres du Roy, Rhône Valley, FRA
Grape 60% Grenache/Garnacha 30% Syrah/Shiraz 5% Carignano/Carignan 5% Mourvèdre
Tasting Note The nose is enticing, ripe and concentrated, full of jammy dark fruits. It is supple, rich yet balanced with crisp acidity and a finish that is dominated by peppery notes and preserved fruits.
'Roy' is the old spelling for 'roi' in French and the name 'Terres du Roy' means 'lands of the king'. The vineyards are situated on land which was once two lakes, Rochefort and Pujaut. The lakes were artificially drained in 1612 to provide feuding parties more land for agricultural use. The wine is vinified in a modern winery that was renovated in 2001.
We think this is a lovely, classic expression of the Côtes du Rhône appellation. It ticks all the boxes and has just the right amount of each element resulting in a wine that is very smashable. We’d happily smash this day in day out and at the price point it sits at that is definitely doable.
The sheer drinkability of this wine makes it an absolute pleasure to pair food. We’d be inclined to go into the deli selection and order up a mixed platter of Charcuterie. If you feel like putting in a little time and effort and get all regional, then why not prepare the local specialty of Provençal stuffed Tomatoes, Courgettes and or Peppers. The fruit purity offers a counter to the savour deliciousness of the veggies. It would happily sit alongside barbecued pretty much anything too. The possibilities are almost endless…