M.Chapoutier (France) La Croix des Grives Côtes du Rhône 2004
Winner of bronze in the Decanter wine awards, this cuvée is made by Michel Chapoutier from low-yielding, old vine Syrah and Grenache. The excellent Rhône vintage of 2004 has given a wine with a deep, velvety crimson colour and a nose flooded with a voluptuous creamy berry fruit. There's a juicy plum depth to this, but also attractive little violet and herbal notes that add interest. On the palate this has a thick-textured, very creamy mouthfeel, with plenty of mouth-coating black fruit, but all edged by a nicely tangy plum skin and cherry acidity, and a noticeable tannic grip and plenty of fruit concentration. A very good, and serious style of Côte du Rhône that will cellar. £9.81, Laithwaites, but Laithwaites are currently offering wine-pages readers £20 off of any case worth £64.99 or more. Follow this link for the offer code.