Le Prince de Courthézon Prestige 2016

Award Winner

Concours de la Foire d’Avignon
Gold Medal – 2016 FR

Guide des Vins Gilbert et Gaillard
Gold Medal – 2016 FR

Concours des Feminalise-Beaume
Gold Medal – 2016 FR

The southern Rhône is home to France’s richest reds. And this new release hails from Thierry Ferlay, a Châteauneuf star who’s won more gold medals than any other winemaker in the region. (And thanks to a newly forged partnership with Philippe Cambie – aka Robert Parker’s 2010 Winemaker of the Year and recipient of 15 100-point scores for his wines – we’re expecting that medal tally to skyrocket. Watch this space.)

Thierry crafted this limited-edition Côtes-du-Rhône to celebrate the amazing 2016 harvest, which Master of Wine Jancis Robinson hails as “one of the greatest vintages.” He hand harvested his best parcels of grapes from 50-plus-year-old vines (which have miserly yields, but ultra-concentrated flavors). And it was awarded gold medals by judges at three of France’s top wine shows. This classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre is a dead-ringer for Châteauneuf – and its powerful, dark fruit flavors.

In the glass, look forward to sumptuous red and black fruits (cherry, blackberry, plum) balanced by an intriguing minerality, silky-smooth tannins, and touches of black pepper/vanilla on the unforgettably long finish. Thinking about a dinner match? We suggest a sausage-based dish (sausage and mushroom gratin, for example), or traditional cassoulet.

Country

France

Varietal

Grenache Based Blend

Region

Rhone

Alcohol

14.5%

Volume

750ML

Vintage

2016