Soft, delicious, fragrant, not heavy, not overly tannic. Finding a good Cotes du Rhône is like finding the perfect cardigan – it’s the cover you want in fall weather, the outer layer to use all year round. Similarly versatile, this wine hits all the marks. It’s plush with dark plummy fruit, satisfyingly earthy, soft in your mouth, with a memorable freshness on the finish. The powdery tannins make this a perfect any-night bistro wine.
Delicious with steak and fries, pot roast and potatoes, roast chicken and root vegetables. Serve with good ‘ol comfort food.
For six generations (and over 150 years) the Plantevin family has cultivated vines. The family name literally translates to “plant the wine,” from a time when people were given a name based on their profession or trade. The vineyard is located outside one of the most beautiful villages in the Southern Rhône, Séguret. The area has a typical Mediterranean climate characterized by the local wind, “Mistral,” which whips up along the valley and is one of the most dangerous natural threats for winemakers here. The first five generations of the family sold their grapes to the local co-operative but Laurent, having studied at the University of Beaune, was determined to make his own wine. His wife, Akiko, makes the white wines and looks after all the administrative tasks in the winery, while Laurent makes the reds.