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2005-2007 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages


Seguret, Image by Gilles (flickr)

Jenn and I have been drinking the wines of Domaine de Mourchon for a while. We typically drink the tasty and well-priced Tradition throughout the year. In the warmer months we drink the Loubie rose.  We have not drunk a Grande Reserve in some time so I thought it would be fun to try three vintages side by side.  The wines of this estate are imported by and available at MacArthur’s.  The 2005 and 2006 vintages are $20 and the 2007 is $25.

Domaine de Mourchon, Image by Karen Apricot (flickr)

All three wines were opened at the same time and tasted over two nights.  While the Tradition can benefit from short term aging it is more approachable in youth than the Grande Reserve.  All three of the wines tasted need a few more years of age before they will hit their stride.  You cannot go wrong with any of the vintages.  While the 2007 has more of everything, including complexity, it may not be your preference.  If you prefer richer styles then go for the 2007 or the 2006.  If you prefer a structured style then grab the 2005.

Domaine de Mourchon Vines in the Winter, Image by Guy Butters (flickr)

Domaine de Mourchon is a relatively young estate that was established in 1998 by the Scottish McKinlay family.  They purchased 17 hectares of 55-year-old vines and in 2003 they purchased seven additional hectares.  The vineyards lie on a terraced hill at 300 meters.  The vines are 60 years old and located on soil that is a mixture of clay, limestone and grey sandstone.  The Grande Reserve is a blend of 55-65% Grenache and 35-45% Syrah.  For aging, 40% rests in oak barrels and 60% in concrete vats.

2005 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This wine has a grittier, structured nose. There are hard flavors of cherry mixed in with some minerals and blue fruits. It has the lightest body. The finish reveals perfume essence before the aftertaste brings out fine+ grapey tannins and a little sweet spice.  *** 2015-2019.

2006 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This wine has a lighter, fruity nose. It was shutdown on the first night. On the second night it had the most approachable flavors. They were rounder black fruit flavors and a fuller body marked by sweet spiced mixed with tannins. The tannins are finer and more aggressive. This wine also shows more alcohol, maybe it is the extra 0.5%.  *** 2015-2022.

2007Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This wine has a nose of raspberries, Kirsch, and spices. The flavors are mouthfilling though this medium-bodied wine has less body than the 2006. On the first night there are some hard, blue fruits and nice minerals. On the second night the soft flavors are supported by acidity. These flavors developed into perfumed, inky fruits, with ethereal blue fruits and perfume that coats the mouth. There is a long, minerally finish.  *** 2015-2022.

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