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The “KL Côtes du Rhône” is the result of a collaboration with the Terres d’Avignon cave coopérative, a large cellar in the heart of the Southern Rhône’s sprawling vineyard land. By purchasing fruit from a number of small grape growers in the area, the co-op crafts wines that express authentic regional character: aromas of ripe black fruit, a gentle spiciness, and a garrigue-flavored kick of thyme and rosemary. Bottled exclusively for the USA, this cuvée is the result of traditional methods such as a natural fermentation, aging in concrete vats, and an unfiltered bottling—once your trusty KLWM rep has gone to the cellar to decide on the final blend, that is. The resulting wine showcases a majority of Grenache with varying proportions of Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, depending on the vintage. Here is a textbook Côtes du Rhône for everyday satisfaction: juicy and gulpable, with just enough chewy tannin to pair with a burger or whatever else might be on the menu.
|Blend:||62% Grenache, 26 % Syrah, 5% Carignan, 4% Cinsault, 3% Mourvèdre|
|Appellation:||Côtes du Rhône|
|Producer:||Selected by Kermit Lynch|
|Vineyard:||40 years average, 36 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in cement tank before bottling|
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