Morrisons Côtes du Rhône Villages

Morrisons has been winning plaudits for its wine selection since its big re-launch. I’d obviously mentioned my curiosity about it pretty often, because my wife decided to indulge it by buying me a mixed case from the selection. Good times.
Choosing where to start was never going to be easy, but I plumped for this own brand Côtes du Rhône Villages. This is of course the third of this region’s wines that I’ve reviewed – see also La Châsse Côtes du Rhône and Lidl’s Chateauneuf du Pape. I didn’t know for sure at the time, although I did suspect, that this supermarket own brand was the cheapest of the three.
You know you’re probably onto a good thing when you get aromas hitting your nose as you pour the wine. Very typically for a Rhône wine, I was getting raspberry and a little pepper. That would be from the classic combo of Grenache with a little Syrah.
There was more to come though. Stick your nose into the rim of the glass and you can start to pick up on a herbal character, as well as the fruit and pepper, and all of these things carry onto your palate effortlessly.
There’s nothing remarkable about the ‘mouth feel'; this is easy-drinking stuff that’s all about the flavours. It leaves no room for the connoisseurs to start banging on about ‘structure’. But there was enough about it to stand up to, and compliment, a good, hearty lasagne.
I was guessing the price would be in the region of £6.50 – £7.00. Wrong. £4.98.
This wine isn’t exactly a revelation, and it’s not quite as good as Lidl’s Chateauneuf, but it is less than half the price of that offering…
Tom BradfordMorrisons Côtes du Rhône Villages

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