About the wine
Up to 21 varieties can make their way into a Cotes-du-Rhône blend. This one is made from Grenache and Carignan. Grenache brings body and red-fruit flavour. Carignan brings tannins and hints of sweet spices. Crucially, this is made from very old vines, which produce intensely concentrated grapes.
About the producer
Maison Bouachon have produced fantastic blends in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for over a century and have expanded out of the region to other Southern Rhône spots. They were pioneers in creating wines from old vines, and their experience certainly shows here.
About the region
The southern area of the Rhône Valley is its warmest. Here, warm, dry summers are perfect for the ripening of Carignan, which struggles in the region's northern areas. Wines labelled Côtes du Rhône are usually produced outside of the big-name appellations, like Gigondas. And they often offer great value for money.