Le Prince de Courthézon 2013

Le Prince de Courthézon
2013

Côtes du Rhône AOC, France

Le Prince

Le Prince de Courthézon is a favorite ~ and the 2013 vintage is well renowned for a gold medal from the French wine guide Gilbert & Gallard and a silver medal from a prestigious competition in Lyon. Crafted with the same Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre used in the pricier Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Le Prince has all the rip, red fruit and peppery spice note of its big brother – with a nicer price tag.

80% Grenache | 10% Syrah | 10% Mourvedre

The cellar was founded in 1925 in Courthézon, a historic town district rich in medieval history that was once governed by the Princes of Orange. The Côtes du Rhône is comprised of the three main grapes of the region: grenache, syrah, and mourvedre. The grapes are harvested from prime vineyards on the clay and sand of the region that bring the local wine such complexity. 2013 is an excellent vintage with ripe, red fruit aromas and flavours, underpinned by a subtle peppery spice. Beautifully balanced and well-structured with velvet-smooth tannins and a long, ripe finish, this wine is best enjoyed with hearty stews, tomato-based dishes, and flavoursome cheeses.

*** 1/2

Ripe red fruit underpinned by black pepper and spicy oak aromas, accompanied by complex notes of blackberry and red raspberry with herbal hints. Balanced and velvety smooth with a long, ripe finish. Simply delicious.

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