Heredita Cotes Du Rhone 2020
24 or more bottles$24.99
12 or more bottles$27.98
1 or more bottles$29.99
Mark Faber97 points
Alistair Cooper90 points
One of the most exciting new wines from this rapidly modernising region. Made by Philippe Cambie, former winemaker at Chateau Rayas. Cambie has received 100 point scores fifteen times and was also awarded global winemaker of the year in 2010 by critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
A brooding nose of garrigue herbs and dusty, chalky earth. The palate has a great mix of plush primary fruits and earthy spices. Excellent balanced alcohol and chewy tannins round out the finish.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Fruits
- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"Winemaker extraordinaire Phillipe Cambie does it again. Amazingly well put-together as only one as experienced as Cambie can. Powerful and flavoursome yet elegant and balanced, the 2019 Heredita has notes of dark chocolate, bramble and blue fruits but also mineral and saline elements and some garrigue herbal notes to boot. Ageworthy, sleek and stylish."
Alistair Cooper MW90
"Juicy, inviting nose with crushed strawberries, vanilla and blueberry fruit. A rich and dense palate with fleshy supple tannins, fruitcake and a rounded opulent finish. A big hug in a glass."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.
In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.
Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.
Cotes du Rhone
Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC is a distinct step-up in quality from wines labelled 'Côtes du Rhône.' The Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC is entirely in Southern Rhône and is less than 20% the size of 'Côtes du Rhône.' As typical of the region, red wines account for the majority of wine produced, and must comprise a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and a maximum of 20% can be made up of the remaining 10 varieties permitted in the region.
There are 4 tiers of AOCs (wine quality levels) in the Côtes du Rhône. At the bottom, the 'entry level' is Côtes du Rhône AOC, a step up is Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC (lower yields, slightly higher alcohol and ideal for cellaring) and at the top is Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC, which will have the name of the village where the wine originates. The entirety of the wine must come from said village for the label to adorn its name. There are 18 villages in all which are permitted to declare their names on the label. At the top of the pile is 'The Crus' which are the 18 small subregions which best highlight their terroirs. They're made in tiny quantities and only account for a mere 20% of the Rhone's output. Most famous are the likes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Gigondas AOC, Crozes-Hermitage AOC and Hermitage AOC
The regions history is long and rich, dating back to the 4th century BC when Greeks brought wine to the area.
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About the brand Cellier des Princes
The Cellier des Princes's name is coming from the prestigious history of the Princes of Orange. One of them, Willem 1, aka "The Taciturn", named after his silent character illustrates well the personality of the Cellier des Princes winegrowers.
Men who believe that actions speak louder than words. These men have written the story of Cellier des Princes. In 1925, a group of winegrowers, upholding values of fraternity and solidarity, decided to team up. 11 years later, this visionary man will be involved in the creation of the 1st AOC in France: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In the 60s, the second generation of winegrowers from Cellier des Princes anticipated the leisure society and the growth of wine tourism. For that matter, they set up the tasting room of Cellier des Princes next to the national road 7 (RN7). Trusted supplier of the most prestigious negociants from Burgundy and Rhône, historically merchants of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cellier des Princes sells them for decades the Châteauneuf-du-Pape coming from its vineyard.
The exceptional quality of the terroirs of Cellier des Princes brings rare qualities to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, but also to the Cotes du Rhone, which are valued at prices way beyond the market price. Business is good.
In less than 10 years, the sales in bottles of Cellier des Princes have been multiplied by 6, reaching 96% of the whole production. United as they were in the early days, the winegrowers of Cellier des Princes are today proud to have their wines enjoyed throughout the 5 continents and proud to share their values of conviviality and excellence.