Réserve de Fleur Côtes du Rhône 2017

£9.00

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...

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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.


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.


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.


Please note: Due to the current pressure on delivery networks we are no longer able to offer guaranteed next day deliveries. Though not guaranteed, we will be placing all standard delivery orders made before 2 pm on a 24 hour service without extra charge.
UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
(all order values)

Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

Delivery Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.