Jeb Dunnuck’s March 2012 issue of the Rhone Report described the 2010 Domaine des Cèdres Côtes du Rhône as follows:
A good wine that’s a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 20% Syrah. Showing loads of red fruits, cedar, ground pepper, and spice characteristics on the nose, it is medium-bodied, chewy, and mouth filling on the palate, with plenty of tannin emerging on the finish. Slightly one dimensional, this nevertheless shows good fruit and has plenty to like. It should drink nicely for 2-4 years.
This is entirely accurate, but they left out that fact that this wine inspires the happy dance. A Côtes du Rhône at $15 retail is supposed to be bright, clean and easy, but seems rarely to be. This wine is reminiscent of excellent rosés that can pair with all sorts of different foods without overwhelming or being run over. There is no oak here to interfere with the pleasure that comes from fruit farmed by two pioneers in organic farming in the Rhone valley, Dominique and Genevieve Pons whose vineyards have not seen chemicals in more than 40 years.
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