Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018
Grown on sunny slopes and harvested at the peak of ripeness, Syrah and Grenache grapes give the wine its deep ruby colour. Extraordinary care during extraction accounts for its unctuous quality and rich mix of sun-baked black fruits. Astute élevage (aging, fining, filtering, and blending) yields a round wine with soft ripe tannins and long finishes.
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Cellier Des Dauphins and the "Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone," a story of men and their land.
Founded in 1967, Cellier des Dauphins wines are produced by a group of winegrowers called “Union des Vignerons des Côtes du Rhône” which now reunites 2 000 winegrower families of the southern Rhone Valley. With 12 000 hectares of vines, and around twenty appellations, Cellier des Dauphins has become the leading wine producer in the Rhone Valley in less than 50 years.
Cellier des Dauphins, the reference in the Rhone Valley.
Cellier des Dauphins has remained one of France’s benchmark Rhône brands for decades. Its luminous, luscious wines from the best villages and crus of the Southern Rhône Valley are highly reputed and synonymous with southern conviviality.
Commitment to protect the environment.
Cellier des Dauphins is now the first producer of Organic wines in the Rhône Valley. Since its creation, Cellier des Dauphins has been devoted to the protection the environment, the terroir and the transmission of ancestral skills by focusing on: sustainable development and organic viticulture, eco-design of packaging reducing our carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly and recycled sourcing of material, waste reduction and recycling up to 90% and preservation of natural resources with reduction in water consumption and solar electricity production.
Typically thought of as a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhone actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of the major southern Rhône appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhône appellations. White can be produced under the appellation name, but very little is actually made.
The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red varieties include most of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise, as well as Carignan. White grapes grown include Grenache blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, among others.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.