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Two Rhones With Some Age

Veronique Peysson-Cunty has run Domaine de Font-Sane since the 1970s.  The 1998 Cuvee Futee is the first vintage I ever bought of Font Sane and we first drank it back in December 2007.  Back then I appreciated it for its brawniness and minerals but today the fruit is fading faster than the rest of the wine.  So drink up!

Vineyard, Image from Domaine du Trapadis

Domaine du Trapadis has 19th century origins and continued to sell the entire harvest until contemporary times.   Helen Durand started bottling some of the wine at the age of 16 in 1990 and by 22 she was running Domaine du Trapadis.  Over the last several years we have tried the 2000 Les Adres, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau but always found it quite tight.  When MacArthur Beverages recently put out the entry cuvee of 2000 Rasteau I quickly snapped up a bottle.  It did not disappoint and proved to be a great example of a fully mature Cotes du Rhone Villages.

1998 Domaine de Font Sane, Cuvee Futee, Gigondas
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah sourced from 35-year-old vines.  It is only produced in the finest vintages.  The wine is aged for 24 months of which 8-12 months are spent in 100% new oak barrels.  There is a wild nose of leaner red fruit with a touch of pruned fruit.  In the mouth the red fruit flavors mix with dark wood notes.  There is plenty of acidity to keep things lively but the fruit is fading and becoming hard.  There are some sweet tannins, a bit of spice, and with air more weight and sweet spice in the finish.  The wine wraps up with drying tannins inside the lips.  Drink now but will certainly last.  ** Now.

2000 Domaine du Trapadis, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau – $16
Imported by MacAthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Carignan sourced from 20-year-old vines (at the time). The Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carignan are co-fermented with the Syrah fermented separately due to earlier harvesting, all with indigenous yeasts.  The wine is aged for 18 months in cement tank.  There is a light, maturing nose with a youthful core.  In the mouth the medium-weight red fruit bears a touch of roast, and cedar before turning gentle with soft red fruit, a touch ripe blue fruits with spice.  With air it takes on a light to mid-weight, fine, pebbly texture with ripe tannins.  Drinking at its peak right now.  *** Now-2015.

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