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Two Cotes du Rhones from 2001 and 2005


The Rhone Glacier and The Source of the Rhone, William Pars, 1770-1, British Museum

These were recent selections that I bought from MacArthur’s.  The Tardieu-Laurent was on the order of $15-$17 and the Domaine La Garrigue was $15.  I love drinking Cotes du Rhone wines because they are quite affordable even with some age to them.  For my money I would pass on the Tardieu-Laurent and grab the Domaine La Garrigue.  The later has more personality right now.

2001 Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone
This wine had a light nose of earth and cedar with a touch of herbs.  In the mouth the soft flavors follow the nose with a core of red fruit and cedar.  The slightly gritty texture has light tannins.  The fruit lightens up through the course of the wine and are starting to fade.  The wine stopped developing after 30 minutes.  I would recommend drinking up this wine but there is no rush because it will just slowly decline for years to come.

2005 Domaine de la Garrigue, Cuvee Romaine, Cotes du Rhone
This cuvee is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah from 60-90 year old vines.  It was aged for 18 months in 80% tank and 20% oak. It was made by Philippe Cambie.  This wine sports a nose of strapping blue fruits and herbs.  In the mouth the flavors start off soft but firm up after two hours.  The are dark blue fruits and minerals delivered in a lively vein but there is a hard profile to the wine.  There are fine to medium tannins.  This brambly wine has athletic power, I would give it another year or drink it during cold weather when you need bracing.

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  1. October 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

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