JL Chave Cotes du Rhone "Mon Coeur" 2015
"Mon Coeur" French for "My Heart." What a great name, even for a wine. I first had this wine a few years ago. It just happened to cross my path right before, can you guess, Valentine's Day. How appropriate. I even bought some for the shop for that specific reason. What better than to surprise your loved one with a wine called "My Heart."
Okay, wine as a gift might not necessarily be the best thing to give on Valentine's Day, BUT, add it to a romantic evening that you whip up and serve it with that meal, and I bet you'll get an "aww, how nice."
Obviously, before I brought it into the shop, I had to try it. That was the easy part. As a reader of this blog you might know that I love Rhone and Rhone style wines. Coming from the Southern area of the Rhone Valley, that of the Cotes du Rhone, this is one of those food fantastic wines. A blend of Grenache and Syrah with just the right amount of Oak aging, the wine offers both structure and complexity with plum and black cherry fruit and a slightly smoky edge leading to soft tannins and smooth finish. All that and a sale price of $16.99 makes this a wine you want to have around for any occasion.
The 2015 is the current vintage and should be widely available. I give it a solid 90 Points. Give it a try and see for yourself.