AG Pick Under $10: Pierre Rougon Cotes du Rhone 2007

Yes, it is possible to find a nice Côtes du Rhône for less than $10.  I recently discovered the 2007 Pierre Rougon Côtes du Rhône, an upbeat red blend that’s bursting with ripe red fruit flavors.

Cotes du RhoneIf you like the light and fruit forward red wines of Beaujolais you will enjoy the Pierre Rougon Côtes du Rhône.  It has similar flavors but with added complexity and depth.

This medium-bodied wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault.  It has lively flavors of cherries, raspberries and strawberries with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.  The fruit and spice culminate in a warm finish.

You can taste the higher alcohol percentage in the finish but it’s not as overwhelming as you might think for a wine that has 14.5% alcohol.

This wine pairs nicely with chicken, pork, turkey, mushrooms and cheese.

The 2007 Pierre Rougon Côtes du Rhône costs just under $10.