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Three Modern Rhone Wines


Hello,I have grouped three recent Rhones that I have tasted that are modern in style. All three wines could serious benefit from some aging. I enjoyed all three with the Lirac representing a good value buy.
 
2005 Alain Jaume, Clos de Sixte, Lirac – $17
The Jaume family has been in the wine business since the 19th century. The 35-acre estate of Clos de Sixte was only acquired in 2003. This wine is made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. It is made in stainless steel vats and pigeage is used. This medium+ opaque wine is a youthful purple-red in color. There is a light nose of spice and slightly volatile red fruits. In the mouth there are red fruits with blue fruits backing them up. The modern fruit quickly shifts to cool acidity and assertive tannins that are grippy and fine. Blue fruits dominate in the finish. This structured wine is medium to full-bodied. Jenn and I really liked this. My previous favorite bottle of Lirac is the 2005 Mordoree, Reine de Bois. This Jaume is excellent and at a great price. It is probably best to age it for several years.

2005 Alain Jaume, Terrasses de Montmirail, Gigondas – ($18 on sale) $22
This wine is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. It is a medium opaque youthful, purple. There are somewhat rounded blue fruits, almost peppery. The flavors expand in the mouth, with upfront fine tannins that coat the mouth, and an inky blue finish. There is moderate acidity throughout. This wine comes across as a cooler example of Gigondas. This young and modern wine can be drunk now or better yet, held on to for several years. Elegant enough to be a summer wine.

2006 Domaine du Coulet, No Wine’s Land, Cotes du Rhone – $23
Matthieu Barret is a young winemaker, only in his early 30s, located in Cornas. Domaine du Coulet was founded in 1999 and this wine comes from an 1.85 ha plot. It is 100% Syrah from 40 year old vines. These vines are located in the limestone portion of the hill Les Arlettes. This portion of Les Arlettes is located between Cornas and St. Joseph and can only be used for Cotes du Rhone hence the name of the wine. In the glass this is a very young, medium-opaque, grapey purple. There is a light young nose. In the mouth there are lots of tart red berries presented in a clean manner. There are young, fine-grained, mouth-filling tannins that provide structure for the wine. The finish is slighty juicy, wrapping up with a tart/puckering aftertaste.

Best,

Aaron

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  1. August 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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