I don’t have anything against French wines, I just don’t buy them as much simply because I am still trying to try and learn as much as I can about American wines. But, when you are eating at a French Bistro, you do as the Rhonans do.
On the wine list at Bouchon in Las Vegas we found a half-bottle of the Red 2010 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone at a really nice price. From all I had read about the 2010 vintage in Southern Rhone, it is expected to be one of the best in quite a while, so it was worth a try. The Coudoulet de Beaucastel is a blend of a third mourvedre, a third grenache and a third of other varietals accepted within Cotes du Rhone (of which there are 19 others, so your guess is as good as mine).
The wine showed really nice balance between the deep and concentrated grenache fruit of blackberry and blueberry and a solid tannic backbone from the mourvedre. In the mid-palate, layers of licorice and touch of leather emerged. The wine finished with a good dose of acidity and spice that hangs on nicely. At around $30 retail, this wine is a real value for the dollar. (A-)