Gabriel Meffre ‘Plan de Dieu’ 2013 Cotes Du Rhone Villages
February 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
The Plain de Dieu. It was rumoured, in the middle ages, that you put your life into God’s hands if you were to cross the Plan de Dieu in the Rhone Valley of France. I think that it is fair to say that God had a hand in bringing forth some incredible wines from an area that, formerly was the domain of highwaymen and bandits of all sorts.
The Plan de Dieu is a small little area that only produces red wines and has the denomination of Cotes du Rhone Villages, which isn’t as valuable a moniker as Cotes du Rhone. However this is means this region is a source of great value for the money. Cotes du Rhone Villages doesn’t fetch the big dollars on the global market and that means that a wine like the Gabriel Meffre can be on the retail shelves for under $20 while similar quality wines pitch a price tag of $20 and over – Over Delivers.
Tasting Notes Sipping: Dark purple to black in the glass, with aromas of dark ripe plum, cherry, cassis, bay leaf and host of fragrant savoury spices. The palate is round and voluptuous with great balance between tannin and acidity meaning that it has both power and freshness. The flavour punch is an impressive expression of dark ripe fruits and spices. The finish is relatively long and ends with a kiss of spice.
Tasting Notes with Food: I had this wine with lamb burgers and it was a great match. The fruit and spice became vibrant while the tannins softened to make the whole experience delightful.
Value: I would definitely choose this wine over a number of the 2012 Cote Du Rhones on the market that are priced at $19.99 and I prefer this wine to that of the La Fiole 2012. If you are used to rich, juicy powerful Shiraz’s from Australia this might not be your wine as the flavours and textures are finer. Well worth the exploration.
Added Value: This wine really shines as a Foodie Wine or BBQ wine. If either of these categories describe your activities, then give this wine a shot.
Score: 8.8 – Over Delivers
Service: Let breathe for 30-45 minutes or run it through your Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
a couple of times.
Grapes: Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah
Store Section: France
Appellation: Plan de Dieu, Cotes du Rhone Village
Available: BC Liquor Stores, Liquor Depot, Everything Wine
Buy Online: Everything Wine,