Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2018
Deeep ruby-red. Nose is expressive, with notes of fresh red fruit. On the palate, a warm, powerful wine combining flavors of mild spices, black olives and stone fruits. Ample and supple, with velvety tannins.
Ideally served alongside grilled meats and fresh goat’s cheeses.
Since 1318, the fortified stronghold of Bonpas, from the French "Bon Passage," has watched over the safe crossing of the Durance river along the historic route that once linked Rome with Avignon. This gateway to the southern Côtes-du-Rhône allows you to discover the region’s terroirs with their characteristic smooth, round stones.
Typically thought of as a baby Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhône 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 wines 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 wine varieties include most of the Chateâuneuf-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.