2015 Domaine du Trapadis Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Region: France, Rhône Valley
Grape Variety: Grenache
Dry medium-bodied red | Grilled meats, pot roasts
Helen Durand puts almost all his young vine Grenache from the famed villages of Rasteau and Cairanne into the basic Côtes du Rhône, to make a wine which is approachable young, but with sufficient stuffing to age.
The 2014 is a vibrant, fruity wine, taking its backbone and concentration from an extended maceration in cement tanks. It’s a world apart from the dark, dense and alcoholic Grenaches which dominate the landscape nowadays, and a refreshing return to tradition. Great with grilled meats, or surprisingly well with Spam fries tossed in some spices.