Les Dauphins – Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2017

If you ever find yourself struggling to decide which wine to open for guests, whether it be a dinner party or just a get together with friends then reach for a bottle of Les Dauphins and I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

This French brand from the Rhone valley is the creation of the Co-operative ‘Les Cellier des Dauphins’ which is one of the largest producers in the area and made its debut in the UK launching in 2011.

Originating from the Southern Rhone region the range is traditionally Grenache based giving it a fruitiness which appeals to most palates. This particular bottle is a Cotes Du Rhone Villages signifying a step up in quality from a specific village in the region.

Regular readers will be aware that my preferred choice of wine particularly reds is usually a little more on the heavier side with some pronounced tannins but I must say I am becoming a big fan of LD and from the minute you try any of their wines the quality is obvious especially for the competitive price.

So what’s this one like….. Well, aromas of strawberry and ripe plums immediately hit you along with a very appealing smokiness. On first sip it tasted a little drier than I thought it would which was good for me. Fresh ripe red fruits dominate with a hint of warming peppery spice. Lovely acidity and balanced tannins, good with or without food.

I am becoming a big fan of Les Dauphins and I encourage you all to try their impressive range especially my favourite ‘Vinsobres‘,  I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Waitrose £7.49

My rating 8.5/10 Corks
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