The wine is a blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah and 10% mourvèdre and cinsault. It’s fermented in stainless steel, sees no oak and is sealed with screw cap - all techniques aimed at retaining freshness.
This wine typifies CDR’s popularity the world over.
This is rosy red in the glass. On the nose, raspberry and cherry aromas meld with red rose and fennel. On the palate you’ll find ripe cherry notes tempered by liquorice, pepper and savoury sasparilla bitterness. Less fruit-forward than Aussie GSM and with nice clean acid balancing its juiciness, it’s more in the leaner Euro style.
This vintage has just been released so no critics' notes yet, but here are two from previous vintages…
“Outstanding value for money.”
Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday, Feb 2016.
“…delicious... a bit of a no-brainer really.”
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, Nov 2015.
The co-op makes quite a few wines, one of which is the Rive Droite, Rive Gauche 2022. Apparently the name (Right Bank, Left Bank) references the fruit for the wine being sourced from both banks of the Rhône. Grenache from the left bank (eastern side) and syrah from the right bank, from the highly regarded village of Daumazan, near Tavel.
The wine is made by Les Vignerons d’Estézargues which Mike Bennie of The Wine Front describes as “a hip co-operative in the Southern Rhône producing to exacting quality defined by ‘reasoned viticulture’, which promotes less chemicals in vineyard – the co-op only sprays minimally and only for mildew (no pesticides). They make wine to a ‘natural mantra’, with indigenous fermentation in cement vats, minimal SO2 addition and no other additives. It is one of the rare co-ops in Rhône that ferment individual cuvées for market release.”
|Brand||Rive Droite, Rive Gauche|