Debussy Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016 is half Grenache and half Shiraz. This lovely Cotes du Rhone Villages is aged in vats and larger 450L barrels for a year before blending and bottling. In my experience, no one imports a bad Cotes du Rhone Villages, and Debussy confirms this for me. Concentrated, dark fruits, hints of oak, good depth of flavour.
At 5 years of age, the Debussy Cotes du Rhone Villages is ready to drink. It is sealed with a screwcap, so it will hold this peak for many years yet.
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Debussy is a brand that has estates in the Rhone Valley, Provence and other Mediterranean regions. Debussy Reverie is their label from Languedoc-Roussillon. Reverie is well made, sun-drenched wines that are easy to drink and enjoy without having to think too much.
Cotes du Rhone Villages is a step up from the generic Cotes du Rhone appellation. Cotes du Rhone Villages wines come from villages that have proven, over time, their ability to make consistently good wine. This is the first step to becoming a stand-alone appellation. Particularly smart producers exploit these great villages, even buying land before it literally gets put on the map. I will often favour Cotes du Rhone Villages if I see them, as importers seem to focus on quality when selecting them.
The generic appellation of the Rhone Valley. It can produce white, rosé or red wines. They are often blends of a few of the local wines. Quality can range from very low to some that rival the best wines in the region. Knowing the good producers is the key to picking a good wine from this appellation.
One of the great wine regions in the world. Situated along the Rhone river in South-East France, there is a distinct divide between the Syrah dominant North where the Mistral wind cools and regulates the temperature and the hot lands in the South where Grenache is at its peak. The region produces everything from easy-going quaffers to wines that demand long-term cellaring. Whites can be outstanding such as Viognier made in Condrieu, and Rosé makes a fair impression too.
Spain’s gift to the world; We know it as Grenache. I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol. It often needs other grapes blending in to add moderation, structure and depth, much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have a fantastic ability to age for the long term.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere, while the Shiraz of Barossa is opulent and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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