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Two Recent Release from La Garrigue

I am always excited to try the wine of Domaine La Garrigue because they are tasty, age-worthy, and affordable.  These wines are imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars and available at MacArthurs.  The Cuvee Romaine costs $15 and the Vacqueyras $22. The first time we drank these wines I tweeted about the La Garrigue then subsequently forgot to take notes as we had too much fun tasting them.  MacArthurs still has the 2005 Cuvee Romaine available for $14.  So I would recommend buying the two vintages of Cuvee Romaine and the Vacqueyras.  Then you can drink the 2005 Cuvee Romaine while the 2010 ages.

2010 Domaine La Garrigue, Cuvee Romaine, Cotes du Rhone
This wine is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah sourced from 60-90 year old vines.  It was aged for 10-12 months in concrete tank.  This wine has tasty fruit along with gobs of very fine grained tannins.  The red fruit flavors mixed with stoney black fruit, are delivered in a delineated fashion in this structured wine.  After one hour of air notes of sweet spice and dough come out.  The tannins are a little distracting at this point as they are mouthfilling and drying.  There is good potential here so leave it in your cellar for 3-5 years before trying again.  Up until the 2009 vintage the Cuvee Romaine contained roughly 25% Mourvedre.  I wonder if this change in the cuvee results in the ample fine tannins. ** 2015-2020.

2009 Domaine La Garrigue, Vacqueyras
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault sourced from 70 year old vines.  It was aged in tank.  Thre is a strong, perfumed nose of blue fruits.  In the mouth the good pure red fruit has some notes of stones supported by acidity that pricks the tip of the tongue and very fine tannins towards the finish.  With air this becomes a round, earthy, textured wine with a lifted, gritty finish.  This is fun to drink now or may be easily cellared for 5-10 years. ***(*) Now-2022.

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