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Six Wines From the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon, 14 May 2009

These notes cover wines from the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon from 14 May 2009.

All three of these are very nice and attractively priced. They are all quite different. These three and the St Dominique Lirac I wrote about earlier are my favorite of those six wines. It is fun to drink the 2007s but I love coming across wines like the 2005 Meteore.

2007 Grand Veneur, Les Champauvins, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $16
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. In the glass it is a medium, youthful, purplish ruby. There is a light to medium nose, of young, fresh red-fruit that is cranberry-like and garrigue. In the mouth there is red fruit with some grip and good Riesling-like weight and freshness. There is vibrant, controlled acidity and a perfumed aftertaste. This good value is easy to drink now but will age several more years.

2007 Domaine Brusset, Les Travers, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $16
This wine is 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault from 30-year-old vines. It was aged 10 months, 70% in vats and 30% in 3-4 year old oak barrels. There is a light+ distinctive perfume, a little Mourvedre stink, all with grapefruit-like lift. In the mouth, the densely packed fruit, is blue/red with steely/stone core. It coils up then expands in the aftertaste with dark, lean, blue fruit. There is hidden fine+ tannins lurking. There is a distinctive, low-lying aroma/flavor in the nose, initial flavor, and aftertaste. This is another good value that you can drink now but really should be given several years of age.

2005 Domaine du Meteore, Les Leonides, Faugeres – $13
This wine is 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah, and 25% Carignan that is unoaked. There is a mourvedre-like nose, red fruits, and pepper. In the mouth there are peppery, red and blue fruit flavors delivered in a stony frame, with a spiced midpalate, puckering tannins, savory finish, and dark, spiced aftertaste. With air, tarter red fruit, more garrigue-spice, pepper develop as well as more pronounced tannins. No rush to drink this.

Here are three daily drinkers to lay down for a few years. The Reserve St Dominique, Lirac was our favorite. The Perrin, Nature is surprisingly good for the price. I’m curious to see what becomes of the Veredus.

2007 Ch. Veredus, Corbieres – $16
This is an organic wine is made from 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. The Carignan comes from 70-year-old vines. In the glass it is a medium+ ruby color with a dark blue/purple core. There is a light+ nose of blue fruit and Kirsch. In the mouth there are tight flavors of red/black fruit with a small amount of very fine tannins. Salivating, tart acidity comes out near the beginning. With air, mixed herbs and olive-like flavors develop giving a sense of identity. A young wine that is currently accessible but should be better in several years.

2007 Perrin, Nature, Cotes du Rhone – ~$11
This organic wine is made from 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah. There is a medium nose of bright red fruit and red grapefruit-like aromas. In the mouth there is bright, red fruit, acidity with dusty-herbs midpalate. Darker red fruit comes out in the finish where fine+, grapey tannins develop into the aftertaste. This wine has delicate, well delineated flavors. Very approachable now but it will age. A good value.

2005 Reserve Saint Dominique, Lirac – $16
This wine is 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre. It has a light+ nose of primary blue fruit. In the mouth there are cool blue fruit flavors, with a bit of grit, that are still tight. It is aromatic in the aftertaste with some red raspberry flavors. There are youthful, drying tannins. This young wine is a pleasure to drink now but should be cellared for a few years. We liked the 2004 in the past.

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