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Two More Recent Vintages


Back in November we drank the 2005 Clos Fardet, Cuvee Moutoue Fardet.  Both 2005 and 2009 bottles from Clos Fardet are still available for $16.  I recommend purchasing the 2005 for it is a good, interesting wine whereas the 2009 was just a decent drink.  The Clos Fardet was purchased at MacArthurs.

In June we drank the 2007 Domaine la Tour Vielle.  The 2007 was attractive to drink and the 2008 is a good follow on.  While I preferred the 2007 for its ripe, savory, inkiness the 2008 has an engaging sea-side personality.  I certainly over payed for my 2008 bottle so if you can find it for $19 or less, then give it a go!  Otherwise get the 2007.   The Domaine la Tour Vielle was purchased at The Vineyard in McLean, VA.

2009 Clos Fardet, Madiran – $16
Imported by Wine Traditions.  This is a blend of ~80% Tannat and ~20% Cabernet Franc Drunk over two nights this wine is a medium opaque ruby with purple tinge.  There is a light+ nose of candied fruit and floral notes.  The flavors follow the nose but are leaner in the mouth.  The delicate fruit is structured with medium+ drying tannins which coat the inside of the lips.  Delicate flavors persist in the aftertaste.  This bottle was slow to change.

2008 Domaine la Tour Vieille, La Pinede, Collioure – $24
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Carignan.  The light nose does not reveal much.  In the mouth the saline red fruit is medium bodied with gently supple delivery.  It tastes of the sea with cool notes of raspberry and cranberry, sweet, ripe tannins, and a dark finish.  The aftertaste leaves sweet, ripe flavors on the tongue.  I would drink this over the next five years.

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