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.
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.