Selection Laurence Feraud Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
A classic rendering, offering aromas of red currants and plenty of spicy, peppery character. Medium to full-bodied.
Pairs well with grilled meats or vegetables, seared tuna, or classic Provencal fare such as ratatouille or cassoulet.
Wine Enthusiast - "Laurence Feraud's selections (her family owns Domaine de Pegau in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) for her negociant line, like this Seguret, often represent excellent values. This is a full-bodied, velvety wine filled with notes of kirsch and Mexican chocolate. The finish is warm and comforting, and like a thick blanket, it would be a welcome sight this winter. Editors' Choice."
Wine & Spirits - "Grenache in all its glory, this is as palate staining as crushed raspberries, with a peppery spice and seedy bitterness that balances the fruit's sweetness. An earthy growl of minerality runs under it all, holding the wine firm and strong."
Selection Laurence Feraud Winery
In addition to running the legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Domaine du Pegau with her father, Paul, Laurence Féraud manages a successful négociant wine business under the "Sélection Laurence Féraud" label. HPS is the exclusive U.S. importer of these fantastic wines, which are true gems of the Southern Rhône
There are six wines, three from Rhône Appellations including Châteauneuf, the others a mix of one Languedoc Appellation wine, one Vin de Pays and a fine and fascinating Vin de Table! View all Selection Laurence Feraud Wines
About Cotes du Rhone
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
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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