Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2006
Other Red Blends from Rhone, France
Dark purple with ruby color. An expressive and rich nose of berries, spices and guarrigue. A fresh wine with generous delicate tannins and a finale of fruit and long lasting finish. A good wine for mid-term cellaring.
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Grenache, 15% Merlot, 5% Cinsault.
Wine Spectator - "Toasty, with charred mesquite, mulled plum and blackberry fruit flavors, followed by a lingering, fig paste- and graphite-tinged finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot and Cinsault. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."
Chateau de la Selve Winery
The Chateau de la Selve was a castle on the frontier of the Empire and then of the Kingdom of France. It then became the hunting lodge of the famous Dukes de Joyeuse, before being transformed into a farm after a few centuries. Built during the 13th century, it has the typical architecture of many of the castles of the Bas-Vivarais. Located on the banks of the Chassezac, the main Ardèche's tributary, it benefits from a unique and protected environment.
In 1990, this magnificent house became the property of Jean-Régis and Magdeleine Chazallon. The Château thus became a family abode. Wine is grown with respect for the environment and the goal of letting the soil express itself. In this perspective, they are always looking for better areas for vines to grow and have adopted biodynamic principals. View all Chateau de la Selve Wines
About Other RhôneView a map of Other Rhône wineries Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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