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Château Courac, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge, Laudun 2020

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The hilltop village of Laudun, is just ten miles away, with a winemaking tradition that dates back to Roman times. Here, free-draining soils promote great acidity and freshness amongst these lovely, bramble fruit-packed wines. Every bit as good as many a Châteauneuf, and certainly where I head whenever Im looking for a great-value treat.

 - Robin James, Head of Customer Experience, FromVineyardsDirect

About the producer
Joséphine and Frédéric Arnaud took over this super property in 1995, and make wines of real warmth, generosity and purity of fruit. Set high in the hills above the village of Tresques (to the north-west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) the Arnauds have 90 hectares of syrah and grenache vines from which they make their enduringly popular Laudun. Laudun itself is where the Romans first camped when they landed in the south of France - and they knew a thing or two about making wine!

How does the wine taste? Customer Reviews (5)
Joséphine and Frédéric Arnaud took over this super property in 1995, and make wines of real warmth, generosity and purity of fruit in the southern Rhône’s Laudun. This is a wine with huge presence - warm, luscious, rich bramble fruit and fine-grained tannins, all seasoned generously with Mediterranean herb notes, liquorice, and smoky spice.

Rather than add to previous tasting reviews, I'll simply say that I really enjoyed this wine and found it easy to give it 5 stars.

Terry Williams - October 2023
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There is everything to like in this very well made red. Extremely versatile and very enjoyable drinking, whether on its own or to have with any meal for which a red wine is needed. Purists can complain if they like but it also drinks really well as an aperitif, with a bowl of marmite twiglets on the side. I am getting another order in!

James - June 2023
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Have now found the case and it makesfor very good value autumn drinking

Richard Webb - November 2022
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I love chafeau-neuf du pape so was interested in this wine. It does feel and taste mostly like the 'real thing' and the price makes up for the rest.

Karl Granger - June 2022
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I am very much enjoying this wine. There is something very warm and comforting about it, with deep fruit tastes and a lovely colour. I am taking a bottle to my sister's at the weekend: she is more of a oenophile than I, so her opinion will be interesting. My 5* rating is based with price in mind; there will be superior wines at much greater prices.

Richard Booth - March 2022
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"This is one of the best Côtes du Rhône reds I have ever tasted full-flavoured with an elegance and purity that belies its humble appellation. Located in the relatively unknown Laudun district, it is made predominantly from the Grenache grape with a small amount of Syrah and Mourvèdre, which are also used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape; its grander and more expensive neighbour. The 2015 vintage is one of the most successful in the entire Rhône Valley and while it is in perfect form now, will certainly continue to improve for a few more years."
Bruce Palling, Wine Editor of the Week (previous vintage)
"The FVD team refer to it as their mini-Châteauneuf-du-Pape and I can well see why [...] full of plums, damsons and cherries with a touch of liquorice, chocolate and spice. It's nice to see a wine of such high quality/low price with some bottle age too."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator (previous vintage)
In a nutshell
Region: Rhône Country: France Grape: Syrah / Mourvèdre / Grenache Unit: Bottle (75cl) ABV: 14.5% Drink: Now - 2026 SKU: 08203821
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