Les Deux Cols, 'Alizé', 2018, Côtes du Rhône AOC, France

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A robust, full bodied, and mouthwatering Rhône red. Lovely texture and power and brings quality back to the Côtes du Rhône label, which has been a bit up and down in recent years. But this a lovely fruit forward wine. Black fruit aromas, with hints of spice and earthiness. Very pure, well made, and juicy.

Tip - it's better with food! It's a very bold rich wine which benefits from being paired with roast beef, venison, or a very hearty veg stew.

This collaboration was established in 2012 by Anglo-Irishman, Simon Tyrell, Ireland’s leading Rhône importer, and Toulouse-born Charles Derain, previously sommelier to Alain Ducasse at Le Louis XV in Paris. They met when Charles moved to Dublin to take up a position with Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. They started looking at acquiring vineyards in the Gard in 2009 with the objective of owning 8 hectares around the higher elevation of the Saint-Gervais plateau within the next couple of years. Everything they own – or intend to purchase – will be either organic or in conversion. In addition, they operate a négociant business to source a wider range of fruit.

Producer: Les Deux Cols

Country: France

Region: Rhône

Grapes: Grenache 56%, Shiraz 36%, Cinsault 8%

Alcohol: 14.5%

Vintage: 2018

Status: Vegan, Organic Practice