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The Blue Fruit and Spice of the 2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet, Montueil-la Levade


The 2009 Clos du Mont-Olivet, Montueil-la Levade is a very good wine at an affordable price. It received a strong review by Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post back in November 2011. Last month I was surprised to see that MacArthur Beverages still had the 2007 vintage available. I quickly purchased four bottles then promptly opened one for Jenn and I to drink. We both thoroughly enjoyed this wine. It is but one example of why we typically drink Cotes du Rhone on a daily basis. This vintage is drinking better than the 2009 with its extra age, though there is no rush to pull the cork. I will certainly try the 2010 vintage as soon as it hits the shelves of the store.

2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet, Vieilles Vignes, Montueil-la Levade, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports.This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 5% Syrah that was raised in cement tanks before aging in large oak barrels and vats. The Grenache is sourced from vines averaging 40 years of age, the Carignan from vines averaging 39 years of age, and the Syrah from 28-year-old vines. The nose reveals darker fruits and dried herbs. In the mouth there is lovely blue fruit and spice. The fruit is ripe but not opulent becoming redder with air and taking on faint notes of tobacco. This wine is still structured with fine drying tannins which cover the lips but it is balanced by acidity. The aftertaste contains red fruit with a gravelly texture. *** Now-2017.

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