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2009 Chateauneuf du Pape and 2009 Coteaux Languedoc

I’m a huge fan of the La Bastide Saint Dominique, Cuvee Jules Rochebonne so it was exciting to try the Chateauneuf du Pape.  It is surprisingly accessible with enjoyable, clean fruit that will appeal to many.  The Mas des Dames shows more structure and will reward a few years of cellaring.  The La Bastide Saint Dominique is imported by Simon “N” Cellars and available for $30 at MacArthurs.  The Mas des Dames is imported by Vintage ’59 Imports and available for $17.  I do not have enough experience with Chateauneuf du Pape from the 2009 vintage but it seems to be an affordable introduction.  The Mas des Dames could be cellared while you drink the La Bastide Saint Dominique.

2009 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Chateauneuf du Pape
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault sourced from vines 25-80 years old and aged for 18 months.  This wine starts off with amazingly pure aromas and flavors of blueberries.  Then with air it develops into jammy red and blue fruit that gains complexity.  There is a good powdery feel in this easy to drink, textured, balanced wine.  There is a wee bit of heat. **(**) 2015-2020.

2009 Mas des Dames, La Dame, Coteaux Languedoc
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 20% Syrah.  There is a light nose of berries, floral notes, and fresh herbs.  In the mouth the red fruit is medium bodied with immediate flavors of dried herbs.  There is a slightly piercing acidity with light but vigorous tannins.  It is structured with stones.  The fruit puts on some weight in the mouth before it becomes a little woodsy with drying tannins in the finish.  I would cellar this for a few years. **(*) 2015-2020.

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