Wine of the Week: Domaine Coudoulis Lirac AOC

Southern France is one of our favorite places to mine for French reds. Combining brawn with value, it’s a no-brainer when it comes to keeping a place on our by-the-glass menu.

Domaine Coudoulis comes from the Lirac appellation within the Rhône Valley. This little corner of Southern Rhone is very similar to the more expensive and more widely-known Châteauneuf du Pape. The vines grow in the same famous rocky soil that’s composed of stones called galets roulés (above, in the photo), which stresses them out in the best way.

Composed of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, this wine appeals to the brain with its brawn. The rich notes of red berry fruits swirl seamlessly with savory earth, flowers, and peppercorns. It’s complex and lovely.

The Southern Rhone just keeps on giving us what we want and we can’t get enough.

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