Here it is mid August and I’m already thinking about fall. I see my adored Le Creuset pot looking kind of lonely on the shelf, I taste this week’s Wine Wednesday feature the 2010 Féraud – Brunel Côtes du Rhone Villages Rasteau and I’m suddenly longing for braised meats and stews.
This red wine from the Southern Rhone Valley of France is a blend of largely Grenache. AOC guidelines for Côtes du Rhone (pronounced Coat – dew- roan) Villages require wines to be at least 50% Grenache and contain a minimum of 20% Syrah or Mourvedre. They may contain up to 20% of other permitted varietals. Wines must also have a minimum alcohol content of 12%.
This particular wine is 14% alcohol by volume, visible in the lovely legs I noticed as I observed its deep purple color.
On the nose - blackberry, dark fruit and baking spice, with specifically a hint of clove. On the palate, full bodied, velvety, fruit forward with light tannins and a wonderful spice on the finish though more pepper like here than baking spice.
Though the wine has light tannins, with the higher alcohol content, I would avoid lighter dishes like fish, (even salmon or tuna), seafood or salads. Beyond that, it’s quite versatile and can handle some spice. Try with a wonderful harvest stew like my slow cooker Bouja, a Cajun Filet or even Chipotle Chili Sloppy Joes. I think it would be wonderful with venison too for my deer hunting friends. To print or save the recipe pairing suggestions, click the links below.