For my money, Côtes du Rhône wines are some of the best values going. The better ones can deliver almost everything their much more expensive cousins do. The problem is that there are quite a few that do not deliver much of anything. The trick is in finding the really good ones. While I haven’t yet discovered any such trick, I have lucked onto a few. The 2001 Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages is definitely one of the really good ones.
This bright red blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre has a wonderful nose that combines the aromas of bright fruit, wood, vanilla, caramel and fresh herbs. Ripe dark, sweet and juicy fruit provide the primary flavors. But this is a wine that appears to be at its best, and the secondary flavors are spectacular and hint at wonderful baking spices. The age of the wine provides elegant round tannins a supple mouth feel.
I served this with mustard grilled pork chops, green beans with bacon and onions (recipe later), and polenta. It matched well with everything, but was spectacular with the polenta.
Blend: Predominantly Grenache
Alcohol: 14% by volume
If you can not find this at your local market it is available from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants at $18.00 a bottle for club members.