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Domaine du Pere Caboche Cotes du Rhone 2016

Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

The color is ruby red with purples highlights. The nose is expressive, marked by aromas of fresh red fruits and raspberry coulis with hints of soft spices. There is a beautiful volume with notes of jammy fruits, spices and licorice in the mouth. The tannins are elegant and of great nesse. The nish is long.

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A soft, plush and silky easygoing style that has a big wave of raspberry fruit flavor amid smooth, fluffy tannins.
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Domaine du Pere Caboche

Domaine du Pere Caboche

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Domaine du Pere Caboche, Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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In the old times, my family members, the Boisson, had two jobs at once: they were both wine-makers and black-smiths. The name of our estate comes from this second profession, because the nails used to fix the shoe under the horse’s foot are called, in our regional language, “caboche”. It was, at the time, the nickname used to call the Boisson family. Only my father, Teophile, fatherless at age 3, could not learn the duty of a black-smith. On the other hand, his mother, who was in charge of the estate, raised him to love the vines and wine, and so he became a wine-maker as well, just like his ancestors. Still, he kept the nickname “caboche”. That is how the first bottles of the Domaine du Père Caboche appeared.

A long time before all this, our vineyard belonged to the Chambellan family. In 1777, my ancestor, Jean-Louis Boisson, married Elisabeth Chambellan and so became vine-grower in Châteauneuf du Pape. Since then, we have had parcels that have remained in the family, without there being any exchange or sale. The vines which are still there now are over 100 years old and produce an outstanding wine. The oldest parcel was planted in 1906. As a tribute and thanks to Elisabeth, we are today vine-growers from father to son and daughter.

Our domaine comes from a long line of passionate vine-growers who have transmitted their knowledge through generations. Today, I am proud to perpetrate this tradition with my children, Nicolas and Emilie, on an estate that has stayed within the family. We take great care of our vines, still in respect with tradition, and with concern for environment protection. The vinification and aging of our wines come from this counciousness, and they reflect to the best their soil and the vine-grower’s job.

Cotes du Rhone

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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.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

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, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red 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, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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