Louis Barruol



Côtes du Rhône, France

44º3'N 44º49'E

Grapes have been grown in the Rhône region since Roman times. Today, Côtes du Rhône wines come from a wide area of vineyards stretching for miles on either side of the Rhône River. Many different varieties grow on the steep hillsides and "côtes" of the River. The predominant red varieties are Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault which are often blended to produce bold and spicy wines. Full-bodied and fragrant whites are made with Marsanne, Rousanne, and Viognier.

2005 Courant
Bottle: 750ml

Our Côtes du Rhône comes from a limestone parcel perfect for cultivating Syrah. It is situated on the same rocky terroir as its neighbor Châteauneuf-du-Pape, just across the Rhône River. The rocky soils limit yields producing grapes of intense flavor with a deep, inky color. The average vine age is 40 years, and the limestone soil imparts appealing mineral flavors to the wines.