Just uncorked my second Cotes Du Rhone this year. This one is from Cellier Du Rhone and is from the 2009 vintage.
Much better than the Caves Des Papes that I tried back on the 2nd, but still only about $5 over at Trader Joes. Light and with a hint of Raspberries. Very drinkable and smooth. Now, if you are a Zin lover like me, be prepared that this is very different. Lower alcohol and lighter in color, this is going to go well with the grilled chicken, onions and peppers that I've prepared tonight for the family.
I've learned now that the Cote Du Rhone wines are typically produced from the Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignane and Mouvedre grapes. Unlike Californian wines, the percentages of the blend are completely up to the winemaker. In California, if you are drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon, you are assured that at least 75% of the grapes used in the wine were Cabernet Sauvignon. With a Fench wine, ya really don't know what is in there, it's a mystery.
One thing I have to say about inexpensive French wines - what is up with the funky bottle shapes????
Here's the propoganda from the webite : Pasquier Desvignes