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A Rhone Wine Dinner Hosted By Jan and Rick


Eight of us recently attended a Rhone Wine dinner hosted by Jan and Rick.  While they continue to host a variety of barbecues and holiday parties, they have started organizing a series of wine-themed dinner parties.  As an example we attended their Spanish dinner party in September 2011.  Each couple brings a dish along with two wines (or a magnum).  Jan decorates the bar and dinning room with related pictures from their travels and the table is set with linens, dishes, place cards (mine bore a wine bottle), and flowers to match.  I thought this dinner was particularly fun.  All of the food was tasty from the Gruyere puff balls and mini Croque-monsieur, to the seafood bisque Provencal, and chocolate cake.  The wines were a big hit with a good balance between the 2010 vintage and 2004-2000 vintages.  A few other wines were opened but I did not get around to tasting them.  The evening was casually paced with enough time to enjoy the food and both savor and discuss the wines.  We left rather late, though way past our typical bedtime we were excited and satisfied.

Appetizers at the Bar

2000 Domaine du Trapadis, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Carignan.  Decanted for two hours this revealed a light to medium intensity nose of red fruit, spice box, and cedar.  In the mouth the brighter red fruit had raspberry flavors, a medium mouthfeel and young core.  There were finely textured tannins as it tightened up towards the finish.  There were mature flavors and drying tannins in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2015.

2010 Domaine Brusset, Les Travers Blanc, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Cairanne
This wine is a blend of 30% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, and 10% Viognier which was fermented in vats and new barrels. No malolactic fermentation.  The nose was delicately textured with aromas of floral white fruit.  In the mouth the flavors were of light, yellow fruit with a marked juiciness, and some lifted flavors in the aftertaste.  The profile was lighter but with good flavor.  ** Now.

My Place Setting

2010 Domaine Rouge Bleu, Cuvee Mistral, Cotes du Rhone
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Carignan which were fermented in concrete tanks.  This was double-decanted twice, two hours prior to tasting.  I took just a quick note.  There were focused red fruit flavors, some cinnamon, minerals, an inky/lipstick note in the aftertaste, all supported by plenty of acidity.  There is good potential here, it just needs several years of age. **(**) 2015-2022.

Seafood Bisque Provencal

2010 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Blanc, Cotes du Rhone
This wine is a blend of 30% Picpoul, 30% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, and 20% Viognier which was fermented in old barrels and aged on the lees.  The nose revealed lovely, textured ripe white fruit.  In the mouth there were good, ripe flavors, sweet spiced fruit, which started off as lively on the tongue than expands and fills the mouth.  There were notes of Meyer lemon in the finish as sweet spices came out in the aftertaste.  Lovely to drink right now.  *** Now-2014.

Chicken in Riesling

2001 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Gigondas
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault which was aged in 60% used wood barrels and 40% tanks.  The nose revealed earthy, rustic red fruit, cedar, forest floor, and some floral notes.  In the mouth the flavors bore a touch of lavender as they turned towards blue fruit.  The flavors became leaner as sweet spice came out in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2017.

2003 Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault.  The aromatic nose revealed ripe, blue and red fruit, spicy notes, and tobacco aromas.  In the mouth the ripe fruit had good depth, was inky with ripe tannins, and an expansive aftertaste with flavors of licorice.  This contemporary Gigondas is still youthful and should develop and last for many more years. ***(*) Now-2022.

2004 Domaine Chante Cigale, Chateauneuf du Pape, en magnum
Imported by Saranty Imports.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault.  Double-decanted an hour before I tasted it.  The nose revealed smoked tobacco and dark blue fruit.  In the mouth the flavors shed baby fat with air with the blue and dark blue fruit tightening up.  This easy-going wine remained tight with integrated acidity, very subtle sweet spice, a touch of warmth, and an overall primary nature.  Magnums of this will easily cellar for years to come! **(*) 2017-2025.

Chocolate Cake

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