2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Champauvins" Côtes du Rhône-Villages

SKU #1407864 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 One of the finest vintages of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre) is a brilliant, sexy, medium to full-bodied Côtes du Rhône that offers a spectacular bouquet of garrigue, peppery herbs, pine, and sweet red and black fruits. With beautiful complexity, a layered, seamless texture, notable tannins, and a great finish, it easily competes with any number of more expensive Châteauneuf-du-Papes and Gigondas. It’s great today yet will keep for 7-8 years.  (3/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Now that it's in the bottle, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone les Champauvins is looking as good as I predicted last year. It's a full-bodied, concentrated wine that could mop the floor with many Châteauneufs. Rich black cherry fruit is joined by complex herb and spice notes, a creamy mid-palate and a lingering finish. Worth buying by the case. (JC)  (8/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2019 | Send Email
Those who love Chateauneuf-du-Pape will definitely want to purchase this tremendous new release from Grand Veneur. It's brimming with deftly integrated flavors of raspberries, black fruit, garrigue and spice and is seamless across the palate. At $20 this offers the richness and complexity of pricier Rhone reds. A steal.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2019 | Send Email
What a deliciously refreshing wine! This little guy here is aromatic and exploding with vibrant spicy black cherries and hinting at strawberry glaze. The palate is wonderfully juicy but not cloying whatsoever. Bright and clean with tongue tingling spice and balanced with saliva inducing acidity. I love that there is also a little herbal side to it. If you ever chewed on a leaf from a blackberry bush, you'll know what I mean!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2019 | Send Email
Gorgeous aromas of red berry fruit, espresso, crushed stone and forest floor leap from the glass. The palate has excellent length and complexity with berry fruit, bitter chocolate and dried herb flavors that deftly mingle against firm tannins and a lively palate. This is a wonderful Cotes-du-Rhone that drinks like a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2025

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 15