2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone, a prototype Cotes du Rhone full of rich, spicy fruit.

2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone

Red Wine of the Week – A fresh and spicy Southern Rhone that loves anything off the grill!!  A good Cotes du Rhone is a necessity of life!  I think that’s what Jefferson meant to say, but whether he did or not, I’m sure he would agree with me.  Like a warm blanket on a cold night or your favorite pair of well worn jeans, this is the type of wine that brings simple pleasure, comfort, and delight, and the 2013 La Grange de Piaugier is prototype Cotes du Rhone.  This is the kind of wine that is hard to put down once the bottle is open, and you’ll definitely want to take at least two bottles if you’re bringing it to a party.  You’ll drink it with food (like barbecue and grilled meats), but you’ll be just as happy drinking it by itself with some bread and cheese.  Am I making my point clear?  The 2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone is our new Red Wine of the Week and placing your order is as simple as emailing us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  Here’s the deal:

2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone

Regular Price: $14.99/bottle

Buy 12 or more bottles: $12.74/bottle (15% off)
Buy 6-11 bottles: $13.49/bottle (10% off)

Domaine de Piaugier is situated in and around the village of Sablet, which stands proudly at the feet of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail in the Vaucluse department of the Southern Rhône.  Jean-Marc Autran is the fourth generation of his family to grow grapes, and he made his first wine in 1985 in the cellars built by his great-grandfather, Alphonse Vautour, in 1947.  The domaine’s diverse soils and old vines, along with the Autran’s commitment to quality over quantity, have resulted in wines that over-deliver in a big way.  All of their grapes are entirely hand-harvested, pressed and made into wine plot-by-plot, and all of the wines are made from whole bunches.  Leaves are removed but the bunches are not de-stemmed, and the wine is lightly fined and filtered.

The hand-crafted 2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone is a Rhône field-blend, with primarily Grenache, then Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan.  Fermentation takes place in cement (the old fashioned way) and the wine is way too easy to drink.  It sports a nose of spice and herb infused cherry, black cherry, and plum leading into a medium bodied, fresh and juicy palate of pure flavor.  It’s not too heavy, but it’s not too light, and the texture is fresh, but downright silky.  Trust me, this is a delicious red to drink all year long and you can easily drink on it over the next 2-3 years with no fear of it going bad.

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