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Cotes du Rhone Villages under $18, 20 June 2008

Here are five Cotes du Rhone Village wines I’ve had recently. I recommend the first three wines. They are all different. If you haven’t drunk the 2006 Cros de la Mure, CdR at $17 you should probably try that before these wines.I enjoyed the flavors of the Janasse. The Garanciere is drinking well now and is in a more mature state than the Janasse. I did not like the Font du Vent at first but after a couple of hours its charms were revealed. The Buisserons had an interesting nose but didn’t deliver the goods. The Berthet-Rayne was boring.
2003 Domaine de la Janasse, Cuvee Terre D’Argile, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $18
This is 33% Grenache, 33% Syrah, and 33% Mourvedre from an 80-year old vineyard. Lighter than the 2005 Grand Veneur, Les Chapauvins, CdRV, more garnet in color. A light nose of dark fruit. Dark fruit that immediately comes across as structured then expanding in the mid-palate. From the beginning there is mild acidity and light, gritty tannins. Not that fleshy of a wine but has a taste that I rather enjoy. Needs air and can age more.
2001 Domaine la Garanciere, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $18
This wine is 65% Grenache, and 35% Carignan, Mourvedre, and others. In the glass it shows medium-opacity and a garnet color with some bricking. A light to medium nose of perfumed, blue fruit. In the mouth there are blue/purple fruits, somewhat inky, then a simple mid-palate. The acidity expands from the middle to the finish where blue/dark fruits re-emerge. It is wrapped up by a lightly salivating aftertaste with grippy tannins. It is drinking well right now.

2005 Font du Vent, Confidentia, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $13
This wine is 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache from hand-harvested vines. Light to medium ruby with a tilt towards the browns. A light nose of red fruits with some blue fruit that is slightly peppery. In the mouth there is red/blue fruit framed by subtle tannins from start to finish. The fruit starts to fade after the initial burst when the acidity comes through. This required couple hours of breathing to open up but will be better with some age.

2005 Domaine de Buisserons, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $15
A young-looking wine that is medium in opacity and purple/ruby in color. A light nose of indian-spice and some pepper. There is savory, red/blue fruit which fades as the acidity develops. This is a light to medium-bodied wine with light, fine tannins. This wine smells good and has some initial flavors but just doesn’t deliver for me.

2006 Berthet-Rayne, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $14
I didn’t take a note on this wine. Not that there was anything wrong with it, Jenn and I just found it simple and uninteresting for the price. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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