The wine business kind of defies the traditional model. For instance, let's say that General Mills wanted to go into the chicken business and started putting out Cheerios Chicken. You love their cereal, but do want to take a chance on their chicken? After all, it's still food, right? Well.
Here, we have this Domaine de la Fertine Cotes du Rhone, which is made by Georges Duboeuf. The dilemma, if there is one, is that Duboeuf is the largest and most prestigious producer in Beaujolais, not the Rhone!
Different land, different grape, different everything. So why should we trust this Cotes du Rhone? Well, in this case, it's because it's Duboeuf, and this guy just knows how to make wine.
There are no secrets here. Everybody knows where the best sites are. Duboeuf has the wherewithal to negotiate for the best grapes in the best areas because he can. The result is a Cotes du Rhone that defies the price and the competition.
When we learned this wine was made by Duboeuf, we immediately were intrigued. After all, this guy makes three million cases of wine a year and every one is fabulous. And as we might have expected, this selection is right up there with the best of them.
Here is a wine of breed and pedigree way beyond the norm. The first signal is the dark, almost brooding color, which doesn't allow you to see your hand below the stem of the glass. Then there is that glorious nose of spice, plum, cherry and cranberry that lights up your nose, your palate and even the darkest winter night.
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