Bernard Shurr's 'Cotes du Rhone Villages' was grown on the barren plains of the Plan de Dieu (God’s Plain), in the Rhone Valley. The Plan de Dieu has a winemaking heritage that dates back to the fourteenth century. Deep pebble beds result in rich and powerfully flavoured wines. Organically grown fruit is hand harvested before a traditional vinification using small open fermenters and maturation in two to three year old large format oak for nine months. Bottled without fining and minimal addition of sulphides. This wine has an energetic nose bristling with red fruits, complemented by earthy notes and spices such as clove and nutmeg that are all woven together by fine oak. The palate is medium bodied and shows vibrant berries, spice and fine but chiseled tannin structure. A wine of brightness that displays length and complexity that would partner well with most char-grilled red meats or a pizza.