Courtedune Cotes du Rhone 2017

A standout in my blind tastings, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape comes from a domaine heretofore unreviewed by this publication… Based on this effort, the brother-sister team of Frédéric and Caroline Charrier will be worthy of a second look when I’m next in the region. JOE CZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate

Brother and sister team  Caroline and Frederic Charrier have, in a very short time, created a domaine to be reckoned with in the Southern Rhone. For many years their family has sold the fruit grown in their vineyards to other producers but recently took control back of the sites, hired a consultant and got busy making sensational wines of their own.

The key to their success is pretty simple, they own a bunch of the best sites in the region, La Crau, Le Cristia, La Guigasse, Le Pointu and Saint Georges, with old vines. Really, along with a little winemaking nous and some money to throw at the project, that is all that is required to produce great wine….. and they are, they really are. Both the new Chateauneuf du Pape (offered last week) and Cotes du Rhone are super. It is too early to say that they have a house style but certainly the few vintages we have had have all leaned towards brightly fruited, elegant and perfumed expressions of Grenache.

We have just received the 2017 Cotes du Rhone and are happy to be able to offer it at nearly 25% off the retail price in straight dozens. No, we aren’t crazy, we honestly believe that these guys are deserving of our customers attention but we know they are currently a bit of an unknown so, to get the ball rolling, we are happy to offer them cheaply. Anyone who tried the previous vintages will already know how good these are. Anyone who hasn’t really should.