Domaine de la Berthète, Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Rhône, France 2020

Regular price £12.25

Classic Southern Rhone blend from a serious producer, with ripe fruit, warm stone aromas and evocative of summer holidays in Southern France.

From the Middles Ages, vines have been grown on the Plaine du Plan de Dieu in the heart of the Southern Rhône. Back then you were taking your life in your hands crossing the plain as bandits freely roamed the land. This perhaps gave rise to the plain's name as whether you lived or died was up to God's plan. Pascal Maillet's original plan, having studied computer sciences, had nothing to do with wine, but almost overnight this changed. In 1993, Pascal and his wife, Marie-Pierre, bought this family domaine. They now work the stone ridden, clay-limestone soils of the plain to create wonderful vigourous wines in a traditional style from 35 year old vines. Full of garrigue notes with sweet black fruit and nuances of spice, these wines are some the best hand crafted offerings in the Southern Rhône. God's plan can indeed be mysterious.

Tasting Note: Ripe aromas of sweet-ripe fruit overlaid with an intriguing nuance of spice mingled with the warmth of sunny summers; round, smooth flavours layered with a fresh streak follow with some depth leading to a friendly and satisfying finish.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (average producer score)

Grenache Noir (55%), Syrah (30%), Carignan (10%), Cinsault 5%