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Roger Voss

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Wines from Côtes du Rhône

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Château Saint-Cosmé 2001 Cuvée Classique Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  1. $33

Has great, juicy fruit with flavors of sweet raspberries and strawberries; its more serious side shows layers of austere tannins. It should age well, at least over five to 10 years.

 — R.V.  (3/1/2004)
92
points

Mas de Libian 2012 Khayyâm Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20

This superripe blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah (15%) and Mourvèdre (15%) is full-bodied, with a rich, creamy texture and a long, velvety finish. Spice and herb notes accent dusty black cherries, and a hint of cocoa sneaks in as well. Drink now–2017.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
92
points

Domaine Roche-Audran 2011 César White (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Editors' Choice
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  1. $27

An oak-fermented blend of 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier, this is a full-bodied, richly textured wine for drinking over the near term. Nutty scents and flavors accent grilled peach and pineapple fruit, ending in a long, mouthwatering finish.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2014)
91
points

Famille Perrin 2011 Coudoulet de Beaucastel White (Côtes du Rhône)

  1. $49

Full bodied yet still fresh and vibrant, this is a blend of 30% each Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Viognier, plus 10% Clairette. Hints of lemon curd impart a lovely texture, while the aromas and flavors lean toward pineapple, melon and citrus. Drink now.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2014)
91
points

Château de Beaucastel 2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  1. $36

Beaucastel’s Côtes du Rhône is like a mini Châteauneuf-du-Pape in its blend of grapes and its sourcing, just outside that famous appellation. The 2009 is a very successful and flattering Coudoulet, with scents of garrigue and cherry followed by a palate that’s round and lush without being at all heavy. Long and velvety on the finish.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2012)
91
points

André Brunel 2012 Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $16

An excellent value, this comes from vines that average 40 years of age. It’s unusually complex for the price, offering hints of cracked pepper, clove, leather, plum and mint, all delivered with ample weight and a rich, supple texture. Drink now–2020.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
91
points

Château Saint Esteve d'Uchaux 2012 Tradition Grenache-Syrah (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Best Buy
  1. $15

From a leading small domaine, this blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah is sure to make virtually any lover of Rhône wines smile. Crushed thyme accents ripe cherry fruit in this full-bodied, moderately rich wine that ends with a dusting of velvety tannins. Drink now–2018.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
91
points

Christian Leperchois 2012 Lunar Apogé Made with Organic Grapes Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  1. $28

Leperchois’s wines are almost always interesting. This one, a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault, features distinctive green olive and peppercorn aromas alongside cherry fruit. It’s silky and elegant on the palate, with a long finish. Drink now–2017.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
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