Red

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

£12.49

A good robust and mouthwatering Rhône red. Lovely texture and power and brings quality back to Côtes du Rhône label, which has been a bit up and down in recent years. But this a sublime wine. Black fruits, spice, a touch of earthiness. Very pure, well made, and juicy. Highly recommended!

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: 13.5%

Status: Vegan, Organic Practice