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Two Southern Rhone Wines, 10 April 2009


Here are notes on a couple of Rhones Jenn and I drank back in April 2009.

I’d cellar both of these and drink young, juicy 2007s instead. The Grand Bois can be drunk now but should give more in a few years. The Montirius is rather shutdown and didn’t give up the myriad of delicate aromas I attribute to their wines.

2006 Domaine les Grand Bois, Cuvee Marc, Rasteau, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $18
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 25% Mourvedre. Medium+ dark cherry/purple color. A light nose of dark blue fruit, plum, and some spice. This medium-weight wine has dark blue fruit that is framed by ample fine tannins. The chewy aftertaste has dark blue flavors and drying tannins. Will give more pleasure in a few years.

2005 Montirius, Cuvee La Garrigue, Vacqueyras – $21
This wine is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from vines averaging 55 years of age. This is medium ruby in the glass. There is a light nose of higher-toned red fruit. This wine is young all around, with bright red fruit in the mouth and strong, fine, young tannins. With air a savory quality comes out, the fruit fades somewhat as more minerals come through. This seems to be shutting down and should be cellared for a few years.

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