The southern Rhône is home to France’s richest reds. And this new release hails from Thierry Ferlay, a Châteauneuf star who’s won more gold medals than any other winemaker in the region, including a prestigious gold medal win for his ‘Prestige’ release. (And, thanks to a newly forged partnership with Philippe Cambie – Robert Parker’s 2010 Winemaker of the Year and recipient of 15 100-point scores for his wines – we’re expecting that medal tally to skyrocket even further.)
Thierry crafted this limited-edition Côtes-du-Rhône to celebrate the great, but low-yielding, 2017 vintage. He hand harvested his best parcels of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre from 50-plus-year-old vines (which have miserly yields, but ultra-concentrated flavors). The previous release won gold medals at three of France’s top wine shows, and we expect the 2017 edition, which is a dead-ringer for Châteauneuf, to continue the tradition.
In the glass, look forward to sumptuous red and black fruits (cherry, blackberry, plum) balanced by an intriguing minerality, silky-smooth tannins, and touches of black pepper/vanilla on the unforgettably long finish. Thinking about a dinner match? We suggest a sausage-based dish (sausage and mushroom gratin, for example) or traditional cassoulet.
Limited production and what’s sure to be very high demand mean you should place your orders now to avoid missing out.
Missa Capozzo, Boston Wine School Educator, WSET3, FWS
The 2016 Le Prince de Courthezon Cotes du Rhone Prestige is a complex gem with velvety tannins on the palate that will shine paired with smoky BBQ, any sausage based dish, and a nice aged sharp cheddar. This wine could benefit from decanting prior to serving.