La Chapelle de Marin Côtes du Rhône, Francois Merle
Producer: Boutinot France Rhone
Product Code: FPB938
Winemaker: Francois Merle
Country of Origin: France
Region of Origin: Rhone
Grapes: Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Case Size: 6x75cl
Bottle Barcode: 3430506000979
Case Barcode: 13430560001676
Suitable for: Vegetarians
All you want from a proper Côtes du Rhône.
Delicious ripe bramble fruit aromas with a palate of rich fruit, warm spice and real depth. This is a classic southern Rhône red, lush, rich, characterful and easy to drink with smooth, supple tannins.
Our love affair with the southern Rhône is both enduring and unswerving. We believe to our marrow that we can make great wine here. And for this reason, we have bought our first vineyard in France, here in the southern Rhône – in the village of Cairanne, you’ll not be surprised to learn! Ten years ago we first glimpsed the potential of the vineyards of Cairanne when we released our 2000 vintage of La Côte Sauvage. Now we have several plots of old vines we can call our own and begin to realise our dream of making even better wine. Over the past decade or so we have built enviable relationships with a network of local growers and we will of course continue to source grapes and wine from their trove of prized vineyards for our full range of Rhône wines.
In the vineyard
From vines grown on his own family domaine in the heart of the southern Rhone valley. With an average age of 30-35 years, the grapes from the older vines were picked by hand.
In the winery
Hand picked bunches are carefully destemmed and vinified using traditional minimal interventionalist techniques. This wine is made without the use of oak as we seek to retain a pure fresh fruit character.
Lovely with BBQ's, grilled meats, spicy meatballs, herby sausages, pasta with Mediterranean vegetables.
2011 Vintage: "Character, balance and integration won this applause and a Perfect Pub spot on the By the Glass list. Deep red/purple in the glass, it has good juicy, berry fruit wrapped with the right amount of spice, finishing with a plum-driven flourish. 'Nice body, crisp acidity, a fine length and a long finish,' said a happy James Hocking of the Vineyard Group." Sommelier Wine Awards 2013, Judges Comments
2011 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Gold, By The Glass award & Perfect Pub Quartet award
2010 Vintage: Decanter 2012 - Bronze
2006 Vintage: IWC 2008 - Gold