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Two Wines From France, 31 January 2008


These two wines were purchased from MacArthurs.

2004 Domaine de Espiers, Cuvee Tradition, Gigondas – $24
This is a young domaine started by grower Philippe Cartoux in 1988.  He aims to make a wine that can be drunk sooner than more traditionally styled wines. This is 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah grown on sandy clay soils and aged for 6 months in barriques. A vibrant ruby/purple in the glass. A light nose of blue berries, spice, and some toast. In the mouth it is a medium-bodied wine of berries, subtle smoke, and very fine tannins. It is a modern style of Gigondas that is not overtly powerful nor assertive. It is young right now and deceptively laid back.  Tasted alongside the less expensive 2005 Domaine Finchman, Red Note, Costieres de Nimes you can understand the quality and need for age.

2003 Coume de Mas, Quadratur, Collioure – $14
Another young domaine started by Phillipe Gard who searched our his vineyards in the late 1990s. This wine is 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 20% Carignan of which 70% is aged in new barrels for 12 month and the remainder in tank.  This is produced from south-facing vineyards of less than 15 hl/ha yield.  I recently praised the 2004 Schistes so was excited to try the Quadratur. This was medium-ruby in the glass with a light nose of red berries hinting at future complexity. Berry and spice flavors that quickly expand in the mouth, followed quickly by not-shy fine tannins. With air it develops the creaminess marked by the Schistes.  This is a bit more brighter and tannic than the Schistes but the family resemblance is there. Both are excellent.

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