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Reserve de Fleur Côtes du Rhône

The Experience

Drink When...
After a taxing afternoon of unrelenting abstraction
Listen To...
Pablo Picasso by The Modern Lovers
Think About...
Studying the human form
Drink With...
Mediterranean sausages and cured meats

The Oddbins Take

Picasso's Demoiselles might not have depicted Avignon in the kindest light. In fact, those ladies weren't even from Avignon, they were from a sporting house in Barcelona! The real Avignon is a lovely place, and even Picasso would have struggled to introduce any kind of grotesquerie to this delightfully youthful Côtes du Rhône, grown in the area surrounding the town. Packed with clean, fresh and juicy blackcurrant fruit, the wine is also suitable for those of a vegetarian or vegan persuasion. Unlike Pablo's Demoiselles, who didn't seem entirely cut out for any kind of sensitivity, if we're honest.

The Vital Statistics

Southern Rhône
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next Year
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
3.1 g/l
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Syrah / Shiraz (75%), Grenache (20%), Carignan (5%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegans

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Reserve de Fleur Côtes du Rhône

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Fabulous Magazine, 29/11/14: "Côtes du Rhône Réserve de Fleur blends Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grapes to produce blackcurrant and hints of liquorice that give a tasty boost to this cheesy polenta dish."

Matthew Jukes in The Daily Mail Magazine, 29/11/14: "Yet another magnificent and incredibly good value wine, this is made from a terrific, black fruit-stuffed blend of Syrah and Grenache. It really does put entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape (costing £15) to shame."

Jane MacQuitty in The Times, 14/2/15: "Chunky 14 per cent, syrah, grenache and carignan-based red rhône, whose bold, inky, damson and raspberry fruit is just the ticket with stew or venison steak."

Reserve de Fleur Cotes du Rhône comes from the wine co-operative La Cave de Vignerons d'Estézargues. The co-operative was established in 1965 and now controls 400 hectares of vines, mainly in the Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône Villages areas. The winery saw great changes in the 1990s, when it moved from selling bulk wine locally to selling bottled wine to a growing customer base. Its main focus is on young, fruit-driven wines, made with the lowest possible use of additives.

Reserve de Fleur hails from near Avignon, in the Southern Rhône Valley. The clay soil is covered by the large round pebbles peculiar to the area, and the low-yielding 25-year-old vines give grapes of good concentration and intensity. Vineyards are protected by the Mistral wind, which blows strong in the region and which gives a natural ventilation which helps to protect the grapes from disease

Denis Deschamps took over as chief winemaker at Les Vignerons d'Estézargues in 2002, having been a consultant since 1999. The co-operative now has a reputation for dynamism, a number of its members crafting their own cuvees under Denis' auspices, but he still considers his greatest success to be in the vineyard, where he has an uncannily sharp intuition for all aspects of viticulture.

The wine is made traditionally, with a 15-day low temperature fermentation to bring the clean fruit characteristics to the fore. No oak is used, and the wine is bottled unfiltered to pack in even more flavour. It has appetising aromas of red and black berries, with fresh fruit and pepper on the palate over a succulent licorice texture. Would pair very nicely with rabbit stew or chorizo.