Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009
About the Region
Both Côtes du Rhône and the more prestigious Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations are used for a wide variety of red, white, and rosé wines from throughout the Rhône Valley. Some 18 villages are allowed to add their name to the Côtes du Rhône designation, the best-known being Cairanne, Laudun, and Chusclan. More than 20 grape varieties are permitted in various parts of the region (the most prevalent are grenache for reds and grenache blanc for whites), and soil types vary greatly, from granite and limestone to sandstone and loess. The wines thus span a broad spectrum of style and quality. Côtes du Rhône can be ordinary everyday plonk or can approach real distinction (for instance in the hands of the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose Coudoulet de Beaucastel is one of the appellation's stars).