Established in the 1960s, the Côtes du Rhône Villages designated wine appellation is the second largest appellation in southern France’s Rhône region with 22 villages and more than 2,000 hectares under cultivation. Today, Les Dauphins draws inspiration from the family winemakers of Dauphiné, who provided wines to the bistros of Paris in the 1920s when they served as hubs for a creative renaissance. With two international gold medals for 2017, their Puyméras Rouge 2014 is a quintessential example of the region. A blend of 70 percent Grenache rounded out with Syrah and Carignan, it’s full-bodied yet quaffable, with rich flavors of black current and cherries and a silky, spiced finish. As a bonus, it’s affordable price makes it an easy pick for everyday sipping. $15, prbottleshop.com
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