Father’s Day is coming up, and to celebrate, we want to give you the opportunity to win something really special for Papa.

Our competition for La Fête des Pères offers the opportunity to win the best of Côte food and drink. The prize includes £100 to spend at Côte each month, for three months, alongside a bespoke hamper showcasing twelve of our favourite reds from our wine list.

Côtes du Rhône...Gevrey Chambertin... Châteauneuf-du-Pape… what does it all really mean? At Côte, we divide our wine list into styles, allowing you to focus on what you may like, rather than what you may know. Read on for a taste of what you could win.

Light, Elegant, Fruity

Cooler climates tend to produce lighter, fruit-forward and youthful wines such as the Fleurie 2017 La Bonne Dame.

Located in the central villages of Beaujolais, Fleurie is made from 100% Gamay. The grapes are fermented in whole bunches so as to not crush their delicate skins. This minimises the release of tannins and maintains the purity and freshness of the juice, making this a wine with versatile food matching posibilities.

Bursting with tart cranberry and raspberry aromas, it is soft yet dry on the palate. Try the Fleurie slightly chilled with meaty fish dishes such as Tuna Nicoise or Grilled Swordfish.

Juicy, Medium-Bodied, Smooth

Warmer climes and oak integration are often what is needed to produce smooth, juicy and medium-bodied reds.

The Chorey-Les-Beaune 2016 Domaine Maillard Père et Fils is a fine example of a ‘Red Burgundy’. Hailing from the sub-region of Côte de Beaune, this wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Aromas of morello cherry and complex earthy elements lead to concentrated red-berries on the palate with a lick of woody vanilla. This wine is elegant, yet mouth-filling in texture, thanks to its time spent in oak and minimal filtration process. Pair with white meats such as Roast Pork or Roasted Duck breast served with Griottine cherry and veal sauce.

Generous, Rich, Warming

In the dry, arid heat of western Languedoc lies the appellation of Corbières. This heated climate is responsible for producing concentrated yet balanced wines thanks to the cooling influence of the Atlantic.

Château Treviac 2016, Corbières is full of bold blackberry and liquorish aromas, courtesy of the Syrah and Grenache blend. The vineyard is surrounded by garrigue scrubland, filled with wild thyme, rosemary, lavender and pine trees, whose essential oils are released in the intense heat of summer. The grapes absorb these aromas and you can taste them in the resulting wine. This pure expression of terroir, made by a small producer, has become a Côte signature wine.

Pair these powerful aromas with grilled red meats such as the Chateaubriand on our June Specials.

Intense, Complex, Structured

High temperatures such as those found in the Rhône Valley are capable of ripening thick-skinned red grapes which boast high levels of alcohol in the resulting wines.

The prestigious wines of Châteauneuf-Du-Pape are known for producing age-worthy wines, that express their particular combination of terroirs & grape varieties. Unusual for this appellation, which allows up to 18 grape varieties in one blend, the Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2016 Réserve Des Oliviers is predominantly made of just Grenache and Syrah. The heady aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant and pepper are balanced with fine tannins and good acidity, which pair sublimely with rich, fatty meats such as Rib-Eye Steak with Peppercorn sauce.

Enter now, to be in with a chance of winning £300 worth of Côte meals, plus twelve wines exploring the wines styles of France and make this a Father’s Day to remember.

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