Valréas “Cuvée Prestige” Côtes du Rhône Villages

Valreas “Cuvee Prestige” Cotes du Rhone 2005This Valréas “Cuvée Prestige” Côtes du Rhône Villages, a French red Rhône, is a blend of grenache and syrah. Robert Parker, in Wines of the Rhone Valley and Provence, states that the village from which this wine is made is “the top private domaine of Valréas, among the most elegant of the Côtes du Rhône Villages wines.” Only 16 villages of this appellation are allowed to feature the village name on the label.

We chose this wine tonight to accompany grilled steak and salad for our dinner tonight. It will turn out to be a good choice because I believe it will hold its own and complement the steak nicely. It isn’t the least bit fruity, but rather it is spicy and dry. The nose is delicate, but the taste is rather audacious and a bit astringent. This is a wine for those that want a change from new-world, fruit-forward style wines. Drink this wine when you are relaxing and have time to sip and savor. I would suggest letting this one breathe for 15 minutes or so before serving.

5 Responses to “Valréas “Cuvée Prestige” Côtes du Rhône Villages”

  1. Three different red wines « Tom and Melody’s wine blog Says:

    […] of three bottles. We started with the Sleeping Bear Winery Merlot, then finished the rest of the Valreas Cotes Du Rhone Villages, and then, finally, the Reserve De L’Estey Medoc. We just decided, since we had a little bit […]

  2. gonzalo Says:

    thank for your information about wines, my interest si abour frances wines , than you from barranquilla Colombia

  3. Maggie McColley Says:

    Hi Tom and Melody,

    My boyfriend Tim and I have just tried the Valreas Cuvee Prestige 2008 and I decided to look up some information about it.
    You describe the 2007 so well and this one must be similar.
    So fun to find you!
    Maggie McColley, French professor, Williamsburg, Va

    • Tom & Melody Says:

      Thank so much, Maggie! I wish I could respond cleverly in French but I only know one word . . .which is “oui.” Tom had to help me spell that, too. 🙂 Regardless, I’m glad that you and Tim enjoyed your Valreas Cuvee and I hope you’ll comment often.

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