Château Courac, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge, Laudun 2019
When it comes to buying a bottle of wine as a gift, I always find that it’s best to stick to one of the classics, especially if you’re not sure what style your recipient tends to enjoy most. For many years, the most popular red choice has been from the first and arguably the most prestigious AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) of them all, Châteauneuf-du-pape.
However, with renown usually come higher prices, so it is rather with such producers like Château Courac where you can find a great alternative at half the price of most Châteauneuf. 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 I’m 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!
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Have now found the case and it makesfor very good value autumn drinking
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.
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.