Le Terroir Daronton is a cooperative winery that includes about 200 winegrowers in the Southern Rhone. They don’t make a generic “Cotes du Rhone” instead, they focus on village-designated wines. These villages include famous ones like Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape. They also include less well-known crus like Seguret, Visan, and this bottle from Roaix.
This is a classic and lovely Cotes du Rhone Cru, closer in style to Gigondas than Chateauneuf du Pape. Aromas of toasted lavender and driftwood and core minerality on the nose. Medium bodied with iron-flecked plum notes, typical of high-altitude Grenache. Tannins are a bit astringent, so a decanter would be called for. For a food pairing, Sicilian caponata or Pasta alla Norma would be lovely. For a French meal, Hachis Parmentier (Shephards Pie) would do the trick nicely.