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A new supplier in the Côtes du Rhône

We have a new range of wines from the Côtes du Rhône, from a new supplier: Les Vignerons des 4 Chemins.
Domaine St Paulin rouge Cotes du Rhone

I replied to the entreaties of Sales & Marketing Manager, Nadine Cattanea, in autumn 2008, and told her as unequivocally I could that her proposed visit would be a waste of time, because we had all the Côtes du Rhône wine we needed, thank you very much.

Nonetheless, since my best effort at unequivocal is a fairly pale imitation of the real thing, I did let slip that our list might one day be the better for something really interesting from a named village (a bit rarer and finer than a generic Côtes du Rhône or CdR Villages).

Ms Cattanea at this point, reasonably enough, saw her chance and visited anyway. I find, looking back, I recorded the occasion with a blog post and photo.

To the chase, anyway - we did, eventually, need to refresh our Côtes du Rhône offering, and the first company we thought of was, naturally, Les V des 4 C. So now we have some very delicious, new-and-exclusive wines for you; and enthusiastic repeat purchasing, when they've only been on the shelves a couple of weeks, suggests that we're on to another good thing. You may have read here, if you take Decanter, that French wines, including cheap Côtes du Rhône, are in trouble in the UK - though Rhône wines overall didn't do as badly as the rest.

Here's the line-up, anyway:

On the strength of customers' enthusiasm, I took home a bottle each of the Laudun white and the Chusclan, and I'm very pleased with them. Not least because I finally took a trip out Kanturk way recently and called in, on the way back from the most excellent Secret Garden to have a look in at McCarthy's butchers, where a warm welcome from Jack McCarthy included an invitation to suggest wine matches for his new, creamy black pudding (which has just won a prize at a French pudding-off, the only overseas competitor to do so in a competition taken so seriously that there is a pudding brotherhood with special robes and hats and everything) and the delicate, toothsome Sliabh Luachra air-dried beef.

black pudding

If the refreshing, focused fruit and spicy, velvet depths of the 4 Chemins reds don't hit the spot, I'll air-dry my hat with a view to slicing and eating it.

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