Brand. Côtes-du-Rhônes are a dime a dozen these days. From bistro chalkboards in Paris, to Costco’s “Kirkland Signature” labels, it’s one of the most recognizable brands in the wine world. And as you might expect, the quality varies as much as the colorful labels. Among our very favorites is the Domaine Malmont’s version in Séguret.
Malmont’s Côtes du Rhône is unique and delicious — richer and far more interesting than the vast majority of other bottles in its category. It owes its distinctiveness to an unusually high percentage of syrah (60%), which contributes dark berry and black pepper notes, and keeps the wine lively and fresh. Where many Côtes du Rhônes are rich and full of baked fruit, Malmont’s is cool and crisp, with pleasant tannins and a long, balanced finish.
Olive and Plum. Malmont is the project of Nicolas Haeni, a young Swiss winemaker who founded the domaine nearly a decade ago. His grapes grow on terraced vineyards in the hills above Séguret, and his wines have already met with wide acclaim from the international wine press. The his 2015 Côtes du Rhône is especially rich, owing its depth to the unusually warm growing season.
Though it’s not raised in oak, there’s a pleasant note of toastiness in this wine. Look for notes of plum jam, lavender and thyme, presented with a round but lively mouthfeel. The ubiquity of Côtes du Rhône means it’s also a crowd pleaser, particularly on a snowy evening in December. Sit back with a glass of this, a good book and a crackling fireplace, and the weather outside won’t seem quite so frightful.
MALMONT Côtes-du-Rhône 2015
Ansonia Retail: $24
case, half-case: $19.95/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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