Domaine les Hautes Cances, Cotes du Rhone 2011

Recommendation: A GREAT Rhone red wine at a FANTASTIC price.

Winery/Producer: Domaine les Hautes Cances; Cairanne, France.

Grape Variety: Red Rhone Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Cotes du Rhone, France.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $13.50 with a 10% mixed case discount.

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Vegetable soup with Parmesan cheese.


    He said: Opened and decanted at dinner. Clear, deep ruby red color. Ripe plum and blackberry aromas. Impressive taste of sweet tobacco, spice and plummy fruit. The finish had smooth edged tannins and ends very dry. WOW…this wine restores my faith n good red wines under $15.00. This has bold flavor. it’s well integrated, and simply delicious. Two thumbs up for me. A GREAT Rhone red wine at a FANTASTIC price.

    She said: Dark, almost opaque with well spaced thin speedy legs. First sniff betrayed the 14% alcohol content, but Ray decanted the rest of the bottle and the alcohol scent disappeared and a mild dark fruit aroma emerged. On the palate the wine was flavorful, dry and medium bodied. The tannins had just enough presence to make the wine interesting into the long finish. I never expected it to go with a mundane dinner like vegetable soup, but it paired well probably because of the flavor in the parmesan cheese. At $13.50 this wine proves that there are very good wines under $15. Ray made me guess the price and I said $30. This is one to snatch up because it would be good with any red meat and other less likely choices like our humble soup. I am going to work on Ray to buy a case! I’m looking forward to a dinner with homemade crusty bread, cheese and this wine. I never wanted the glass to empty.


Alcohol: 14%

Bar code: 8 94510 00174 5

Imported by: Vintage ’59 Imports; Washington, D.C.