Saint-Damien Cotes du Rhone La Bouveau 2020 / 750 ml.

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JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/25/2022
A great Côtes Du Rhône readers should seek out, the 2020 La Bouveau is up-front, balanced, and ready to go, with the purity and freshness of the vintage as well as lots of Southern Rhône character in its garrigue, pepper, strawberry, and black raspberry aromas and flavors. Drink it over the coming 3–4 years or so. (Jeb Dunnuck)

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Primary Grape: Shiraz | All Grapes: Syrah, Cinsault

France | Rhone | Cotes du Rhone

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JD90 90 pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (1/25/2022)

A great Côtes Du Rhône readers should seek out, the 2020 La Bouveau is up-front, balanced, and ready to go, with the purity and freshness of the vintage as well as lots of Southern Rhône character in its garrigue, pepper, strawberry, and black raspberry aromas and flavors. Drink it over the coming 3–4 years or so. (Jeb Dunnuck)

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SKU 58541
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Saint-Damien Côtes du Rhône La Bouveau
Country France
Region Rhone
Product Location - Location-Appellation Cotes du Rhone
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Brand Saint-Damien
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Syrah, Cinsault
Primary Grape Shiraz
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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