2008 Étoile du Rhône (Stéphane Vedeau) Côtes du Rhône SKU #1060142

Price: $10.99

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Tasting Notes

Étoile du Rhône was created by three friends who share a passion for wines of the Rhône Valley. Stephen Cronk, Tom Warner and winemaker Stéphane Vedeau. This 2008 Côtes du Rhône is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre. The grapes come from around the village of Courthézon, where the soil is composed mainly of large pebbles. Each varietal is vinified and matured separately in traditional concrete vats for at least 8 months. The wine is matured in traditional concrete vats for at least 8 months. Loads of crushed red berry fruits, light spice, fine tannins and a lively acidity make for a serious overachieving Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy now and over the next several years with all manner of Mediterranean-inspired fare! 14.5% abv.

Staff Reviews

  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    Produced from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10 Mourvèdre grown near the village of Courthézon, this Gem offers tons of spicy boysenberry fruit on the nose that carries over to its fresh, bright, refreshing mouth impression, with excellent structure and balance and a long, warm finish. This Gem will be one of our house reds for the month according to Anderson. 14.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
    Drink from 2011 to 2015
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Another party red. Dark and red fruits with just the right amount of earth an spice. Don't let the vintage chase you away, this is scary good for the money.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    I've recommended the 'Étoile' to many customers in search of a sensibly-priced, smoothly-satisfying Côtes du Rhône, a wine they could bring to a friend's house for dinner and arrive guilt-free for not dropping a Ulysses S. Sensible is the operative word here, as this wine is crafted for immediate pleasure and harmonious appeal without extravagance, and given that we offer it for around eleven bucks, a stellar steal. A winter stew of lentils and pork will shine with this generous yet humble wine.
    Top Value!
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    The Etoile is simple well made wine, which would be just perfect for dressing up the dinner a bit! Easy, juicy, with structure and just pleasurable.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    A steal of a deal while it lasts. Everyone is already looking forward to '09 but this '08 from Vedeau is fantastic - mouth-filling fruit, peppery spices, and a long finish make for a top-notch bistro-style wine at a friendly price. This should move quickly once people try it.


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