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

SOLD OUT! A good Cotes du Rhone is a necessity of life! 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.

The 2013 La Grange de Piaugier is exactly the type of wine I'm talking about. 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. 

2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone

Super satisfying Cotes du Rhone from a wonderful family estate!


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 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 composed mainly of Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan in supporting roles. Fermentation takes place in cement, 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.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville