Wine of the Month: 2010 La Cadène, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Domaine Chaume Arnaud


A mostly good but very long week rolled up to a quiet Friday night at home. Having this Côtes du Rhône white in the fridge was a relief. A simple but satisfying mozzarella salad, some taramosalata on toast and a heaping helping of decompressing convo later (thanks Kemey!) and my weekend was officially off to a tasty and relaxing start.

Yeah, the 2010 La Cadène, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Domaine Chaume Arnaud is a Friday night sort of wine. At £15.95 a bottle (or £11.77 per unsplit orders of 12 for a total of £141.24), it should be a somewhat special but not necessarily precious Friday night as well. I suppose such evenings are easy enough to come by. If only complex but fruitfully harmonious, medium bodied quaffs were so readily available. It’s certainly reassuring to know this “who’s who of Mediterranean white varieties” (Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul) is out there on the market.

On the cusp of getting full biodynamic certification, Domaine Chaume Arnaud is doing neato and commendable stuff and receiving impressive accolades for the effort. To the best my palate can perceive, the 2010 La Cadène is representative of what’s going on down at the domaine.

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