Côtes-du-Rhône "Clos Beatus Ille"


Beatus Ille is mostly Grenache blended with about 15% Cinsault from two parcels,  La Lionne, in the Sorgues district, just at the southern border of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and another parcel in Vedène. It's blended with a bit of Syrah from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It's 100% destemmed and fermented and aged in cement tanks. Beatus Ille is a quote from an ancient Latin poem by Horace in the second Epode, that literally means, "happy is the man". It refers to the pleasure of appreciating your beautiful surroundings in the countryside and working under your own volition...an appreciation for what you have in its simplest form.

90 points
"The cherry-scented 2019 Cotes du Rhone Beatus Ille also boasts intricate garrigue shadings, which bring welcome complexity and a slightly savory overtone to the bold, fruity aromas and flavors. It's full-bodied, supple and round in the mouth, with silky tannins on the licorice, rosemary and bay leaf-inflected finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years."
Joe Czerwinski,
Wine Advocate
, September 2020
90 points
"Juicy and upfront, with a mix of boysenberry and raspberry notes lined with licorice and floral hints through the silky finish. Very tasty. Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2021."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator

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