By Gail Appleson • Special for Post-Dispatch
If you’re not sure what wine to order at a restaurant or bring to a party, it’s hard to go wrong with a red, white or rosé from Côtes-du-Rhône in France. Although these wines may not have the prestige of some of the famous Rhône Valley appellations such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Hermitage and Tavel, there are certainly some exceptional Côtes-du-Rhône at prices very reasonable. The following white and red wines are both affordable gems that should definitely be on your radar.
Maison la Berthaude 2020 Cuvée Laura, Côtes-du-Rhône, France
Bought • Marchand de vins, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in September for $12.99
The description • This fragrant and gourmet white comes from the family estate of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Roger Perrin, run by oenologist Véronique Perrin-Rolin and her son Xavier Rolin. A blend of mostly Viognier with lesser amounts of Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, it’s a smooth, medium-bodied white that has a rich mouthfeel and tastes of juicy tropical fruits, apples and pears with a bit of spiciness. bakery spices. It ends with a long finish and will go well with seafood, fish or chicken and dishes prepared with cream sauces.
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Château Malijay 2017 Opus de Malijay, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, France
Bought • Marchand de vins, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in September for $14.99
The description • Delicious and intriguing, this complex red earned well-deserved high marks from critics. It comes from the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, a relatively recent appellation in the southern Rhône located between two prestigious neighbours: Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this is a medium to full-bodied smoky red that combines dark fruit flavors with savory spice. Beautifully balanced, it has fine tannins and good acidity and will pair well with roasted meats and hearty savory dishes.
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