With the Holidays fast approaching it may be helpful to find a high value red wine that goes with everything.


Wanted to suggest taking a look at the 2016 Chateau d'Aigueville Cotes du Rhone-Villages (cspc# 544031 - $15,85)


This property is owned by Henri de Villamont but the Villamont family is aware that just because you are skilled at making a Burgundy that the brilliance does not translate when working with Grenache and Syrah.  


The grapes are handled by the Coulon Brothers at Domaine de Beauregard Chateauneuf which explains why the blend in this Cotes du Rhone-Villages is very like a Chateauneuf (50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% other varieties).  It carries the 15% alc. with ease and grace since the balance results in no heaat, burn or bitterness at all. A smooth mouthfilling swallow that leaves only a smile on the face.


When I have it I prefer it on its own with a comfortable chair and some Tony Bennett playing in the background.


It has been paired with duck, chicken and beef tenderloin with incredible success.


It is to die for.


CHEERS and Merry Christmas to all.



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