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2007 Rouge-Bleu, Cuvee Mistral, Cotes du Rhone


Domaine Rouge-Bleu was founded in 2006 by Jean-Marc and Kristin Espinasse.  Jean-Marc  started off as an accountant then was drawn into the world of wine when his Uncle recreated the old family estate, Domaine du Banneret in Chateauneuf du Pape in 1989.  His financial work for the winery drew him to America where he met his wife Kristin.  Together with some friend they purchased 20 acres of vines and a 16th century farmhouse.  Their efforts are chronicled in Jean-Marc’s blog in great detail and with many photographs.  You may find the link in my blogroll.

The vineyards are located in the Vin du Pays area, Cotes du Rhone AOC, and Cotes du Rhone Villages AOC.  Some of the vines are quite old, with parcels of Grenache dating back 75 years and some Carignan to 50 years.  The Syrah is new at 7 years of age.  There is some old Mourvedre and Roussane mixed in with the old Grenache vines.  They use biodynamic principles.

This wine is a blend of 71% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, and 2% Roussane.  It is fermented in concrete tanks then 25% is aged in old barrels (3 to 5 years) for nine months.  This wine has a lot of personality and is a great drink at $18.  It is available at MacArthur’s.  Grab a bottle and give this wine a try, it will not disappoint!  I look forward to trying his new wine, Rosso-Azurro from Mt. Etna, it is old-vine Nerello-Mascalese.


2007 Rouge-Bleu, Cuvee Mistral, Cotes du Rhone
This wine is a medium+ opaque color of ruby, with dark purple highlights. It has a light nose of dark, red berries, In the mouth there are dark, round, complex flavors of garrigue, blue inkiness, and some minerals. It has mouthfilling flavor and good, gritty tannins that coat the lips. While this is hard to resist now it is probably best to give it a few years.  *** 2014-2019.

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