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Domaine Clavel Chusclan Cordelia 2009

Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The Cordelia is a very deep color, with purple highlights. The nose is intense and complex, dominated by fruity aromas like blackberry or black cherries. On the palate, it is soft, very aromatic and well balanced, thanks to the well-rounded tannins.

    Blend: 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Carignan

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    Domaine Clavel

    Domaine Clavel

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    Domaine Clavel, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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    The name Clavel is associated with vines in Languedoc for generations. The current generations continue to perpetuate the family history, in the tradition of Jean Clavel, wine historian and creator of the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc. The vineyard of 33 hectares covers four remarkable featured territories of the Languedoc appellation: Pic Saint Loup, of course, but also Gres de Montpellier, The Mejanelle and Saint Christol. <> Domaine Clavel is conducted using organic farming practiced (more effort, listening and risks) with deep concern for the respect of nature. Domaine Clavel is internationally recognized and produced racy wines that do not deny their origins, those of a vineyard in history two millennia.

    Cotes du Rhone Villages

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    An appellation full of some of the most delightful and particularly charming reds, Côtes du Rhône Villages includes the best villages of the greater Côtes du Rhône appellation. The possibility for an appellation promotion exists for every named village but each has to achieve and prove superior quality before an upgrade will be granted. The main ones today are Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vinsobres, Rasteau and Cairanne.

    The Gigondas appellation, while sometimes producing wines with a touch of rusticity, can often rival Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Its elevations are higher and soils richer in limestone. Vacqueyras reds are more concentrated than the more general Côtes du Rhône reds and must be at least one half comprised of Grenache by law. Beaumes de Venise also includes some excellent higher elevation spots for making snappy, fruity and spicy reds but historically the appellation’s esteem came from its fragrant, sweet and golden Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.

    Rhône Blends

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    With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

    In the Glass

    The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

    Perfect Pairings

    Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

    Sommelier Secret

    Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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