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Affordable 2010 Ventoux and Cotes du Rhone Which Will Develop


These two wines should be in the cellars (or coolers) of anyone who is willing to age wine for the short-term.  Readers of this blog will recognize the La Bastide St. Dominique, Les Argiles Rouge as a wine I recommended for the 2009 and 2007 vintages.  The 2010 vintage is not as forward, showing more structure, so it should definitely be cellared to become more expansive.  The Fondreche, Cuvee Fayard is a brighter wine with good acidity but is somewhat tight with drying tannins so it could use some age for integration.  If you are curious they are certainly drinkable after a few hours of air (and affordable!), though you just might want to eat a piece of meat with them.  Both of these wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Les Argiles Rouge, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported Simon ‘N’ Cellars.  There is a nose of mixed berries.  In the mouth the focused, ripe fruit has a good, dark vein and develops a beautiful Syrah note after a few hours.  With air the old-school flavors are lovely, showing good weight, structure in the finish, and fine tannins in the aftertaste.  Though drinkable now it really should be cellared for a few years.  **(*) 2015-2020.

2010 Domaine de Fondreche, Cuvee Fayard, Ventoux – $14
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30%  Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 10% Mourvedre.  It was aged for nine months on the lees in tank.  This wine is youthful with grapey, blue and red fruit, orange citrus acidity, and drying tannins which coat the lips.  There are some spices in the aftertaste.  Drunk over two nights it was riper on the first night and tightened up on the second with a drying finish.  **(*) 2014-2018.

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