2016 Domaine Calendal "Plan de Dieu" Côtes du Rhône-Villages SKU #1374874


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  • Kate Soto
    By: Kate Soto
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a complex, earthy wine, with savory notes of sage and pepper, underscored by hints of jasmine and dried currants. It's full-bodied with lots of texture, but enough bright acidity to provide a great sense of balance. This wine would be amazing with a big hunk of lamb by its side.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Incredibly pure and refined, it takes the modest category of Cotes du Rhone to an entirely different level. There's intriguing high-toned aromatics, an abundance of deep red fruit with a building finish, and balanced acidity. While many might compare this to a high-end CdP, I find that it has much more early appeal and finesse than what many of those wines bring to the table. It is, however, a stunning example of why 2016 in the Southern Rhone will continue to be cherished for the years to come.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    God´s plan - isn't that a Drake song? Anyway...this is good, really good. This appears to be yet another indication that the 2016 vintage in the southern Rhone valley is every bit as impressive as reported by the press. Aromas are forward, effusive, bright, and fresh, with waves of red fruit and a hint of fresh citrus peel. Purely fruited and balanced on the palate - intense and fresh are the two words I'd use to describe the flavors. For any fan of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, buy this wine in quantity to drink and age as you wait for your 2016 CdP's to come around.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wine that punches far above its weight-class. Served blind I would have easily guessed that this was a Chateauneuf-du-Pape because of its seductive, Grenache dominant nose. Beautiful aromas of raspberry kirsch, crushed volcanic rock and spice notes. The palate is silky-smooth with a cool rush of red fruits, minerals,, spice and garrigue notes. This is an ideal wine for those who want the Chateauneuf-du-Pape experience at a Cotes-du-Rhone price.
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025


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