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Two Rhones from 2005


Back in August we drank a bottle of 2003 Charbonniere, Vacqueyras and in my post I promised to open a bottle of the 2005 within a few weeks.  Well, those few weeks turned into several months but I did not forget.  Having just bought the 2005 Reserve Saint Dominique, Rasteau from MacArthurs I thought it would be fun to try two wines from the same vintage.  The 2005 Charbonniere, Vacqueyras is a small step up from the 2003.  If you happen to have these vintages in your cellar they will both develop further with the 2003 becoming ready before the 2005.  If you do not have any then new vintages should be worth checking out.

I did not get much joy from the 2005 Saint Dominique, Rasteau.  There are other wines I would rather drink for the same price.  That said, there does appear to be potential in this wine.  I would certainly buy one bottle to try in three to five years.

2005 Reserve Saint Dominique, Rasteau – $20
Imported by Simon N Cellars.  There is a nose of dark red fruit, cherry, herbs, and a fresh hint from spearmint.  In the mouth it remained tight over two days with contemporary blue fruit, a bit of minerals, and a hint of spicy character.  There are a fair amount of coarse, drying tannins which coat the mouth.  There is a good aftertaste with incense ad tobacco notes.  In the end this did not give up much and clearly needs age.  I would cellar it another 3-5 years.

2005 Domaine de la Charbonniere, Vacqueyras – $20
Imported by MacArthurs.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that was aged for 6-8 months in big oak tanks.  There is a light nose of mixed fruit.  In the mouth the red and blue fruits are complements by stones.  The strong flavors have midpalate ripeness and an inky quality before they expand into a chewy texture with flavors of spices, a “salty” note according to Jenn, and a wood note.  This wine took over two hours to open up upon which the fruit became redder with cranberry flavors.  I would cellar this good wine for 3-5 more years.

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