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The 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: Rhone and Languedoc


I love the wines of the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon so I eagerly started in on this part of the portfolio tasting.  My two favorite wines were easily the 2009 Jamet, Cote-Rotie and the 2010 Les Cailloux, Centenniere, Chateauneuf du Pape.  The Jamet was a complete and self-confident wine, absolutely beautiful.  The Les Cailloux was at the other end of the spectrum with power and concentration to its incredible array of flavors, yet it was not overwhelming.  At the more affordable end of things you cannot go wrong with any of the four wines from Chateau d’Or et de Gueules for they will make you and your friends smile.

Michel & Stephane Ogier

The Le Temps Este Venue is well-done for a Cotes du Rhone Villages.  In general I felt the 2010 wines showed well with the 2009 quite tight.

2010 Ogier, Condrieu
The fourth vintage of this 100% Viognier wine is produced from a one hectare vineyard.  The light nose was similar to the mouth with its flavors of young, white peach supported by fresh acidity.  There was some structure and a touch of ripeness.

2010 Ogier, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Le Temps Est Venue
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from the Plan de Dieu.  The nose was perfumed with violets and blacker fruit.  In the mouth the ripe fruit was chewy with fine, chewy tannins.  Young and good.

2010 Ogier, VdP Collines Rhodaniennes, La Rosine
This wine is 100% Syrah aged for 14 months in 10% new oak casks.  The nose was very perfumed.  In the mouth the flavors were restrained with the perfume note following through.  A tighter wine with black fruit in the aftertaste along with fine+ tannins.

2009 Ogier, Saint-Joseph
This played it tight.  Black and red fruit with a subtle roundness, drying perfumed tannins.  I had a hard time reading this wine.

2009 Ogier, Cote-Rotie
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from three hectares of vineyards.  This had a subtle ripe nose.  In the mouth there was good perfumed red fruit showing presence and pleasing mouthfeel.

Chateau d’Or et de Gueules

All four of these wines were great fun to taste for they are engaging and satisfying to drink with their juicy fruit.  I do like old-vine Carignan for I find a unique perfume in the flavors that is so appealing.  But I must admit a preference for the old-vine Mourvedre.

Diane de Puymorin, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Les Cimels
This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Carignan, and 10% Grenache which was aged in cement tank for two years.  There was a good fruity nose with perfume and delicate aromas.  In the mouth the initial flavors were ripe and powdery as old-school perfume came out with drying tannins.  This has a nice personality.  Drink over the short-term.

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Trassegum
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Carignan, and 25% Mourvedre which was aged for one year in French barrels and one year in tank.  The perfumed nose was a touch darker.  Again there is a good ripe start then racy black fruit with pleasing mouthfeel.  The flavors mixed with spicy, tannins and chewy, lovely flavors throughout.  Will age for five to ten years but fun to drink now.

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Que’es Aquo
This wine is 100% Carignan sourced from 80-year-old vines which was aged for six months in three-year old barrels.  The light+ nose bore beautiful perfume.  In the mouth the focused black and red fruit mixed with a haunting old perfume and a touch spicy tannin.  There is gentleness to this wine.  I would drink this over the short-term.

2008 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, La Bolida
This wine is a blend of 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache which was aged for 18 months in French oak.  the Mourvedre is sourced from 90-year-old vines.  The Mourvedre nose stood out with its perfumed red fruit which mixed with an old style grapefruit note (Kirsch).  The mouth followed with racy flavors, good concentration, rustic, almost hot, chewy, powerful coating tannins.  Strapping, drink over the next decade.

Domaine Jamet

It took one smell of my glass of 2009 Cote-Rotie to know I needed to drink and not spit this wine.  It was engaging, complex, and complete.  It caused me to focus and ignore all that was around.

2010 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc
This wine is a blend of 60% Marsanne 30% Viognier, and 10% Rousanne.  There was a subtle nose.  In the mouth the flavors were mouthfilling with a soft, slightly tart profile, a snappy apple-like focus, and touch of spice in the finish.

2009 Domaine Jamet, Cote-Rotie
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 25-50 year old vines then aged for almost two years in mostly casks of which 25% is new.  The lovely nose was effortless in its depth.  In the mouth this beautiful wine had great texture, red perfumed fruit, integrated acidity, a little pencil note, quiet concentration, and was simply easy to drink.  Arresting.

Domaine Les Cailloux

This was an enjoyable trio of wines.  I rather liked the Blanc.  The regular Chateauneuf du Pape is powerful stuff but the Centenniere manages to harness the power and deliver a confident variety of flavors.

2011 Domaine Les Cailloux, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
This wine is a blend of 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Clairette which was aged 4-6 months in vat.  There was a good nose of perfumed mixed berries.  In the mouth there was lots of focus and verve to the ripe fruit which bore rather appealing spice with an easy to drink personality.

2010 Domaine Les Cailloux, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, and 3% other grapes sourced from vines averaging 60 years of age.  Aging is for 15-20 months with the Grenache in foudres and used barrels with the Syrah and Mourvedre in demi-muids.  The Mourvedre in the wine jumped out of the nose.  In the mouth the flavors were ripe and lively on the tongue, mouthfilling, chewy, spicy, with power and concentration.  It was quite expansive in the mouth.  The tannins were strong but integrated.  Big stuff, cellar for five years then drink over the next 15 years.

2010 Domaine Les Cailloux, Centenniere, Chateauneuf du Pape
This wine is roughly a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Syrah sourced from 100+ year old vines.  Produced only in good years the Grenache is aged in tank with the Syrah and Mourvedre in used barrels.  The nose was tight but in the mouth there were very pure flavors delivered with power and raciness throughout.  The amazing fruit was black and perfumed, with lovely flavors, minerals sweeter towards the finish, and an enjoyable spicy Mourvedre note.  There was a long-lasting aftertaste.  This should last for a few decades!

Lou Taking Notes

Domaine Andre Brunel

2010 Andre Brunel, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah.  The lighter textured nose made was to decent, powdery red fruit in the mouth.  Approachable now and should provide early drinking.

Domaine Font de Michelle

2011 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, and 5% Bourboulenc sourced from 40-year-old vines.  It was aged 6-8 months in stainless steel tank and new oak barrels.  The nose had leaner, brighter fruit.  In the mouth the flavors started with brightness then rounded out with creamy apple note, tartness, and some wood.

2010 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, Terret Noir, and Muscardin aged in foudre and barriques before tank.  This had a light, simpler nose of red, grapey fruit.  In the mouth the red fruit had some depth, a little muscle, but was overall light in personality.

Domaine Santa Duc

I am a big fan of Domaine Santa Duc so it was good fun to taste through a range from the 2009 vintage.  In general these were tight, muscular wines with a fair dose of tannins.  You should cellar all of these.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone, Vieilles Vignes
This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan sourced from roughly 50 year old vines.  It was aged on the lees in vats.  There was a Mourvedre like nose.  In the mouth the tight stony fruit started off spicy with lots of structure and fine tannins.  Everything is in balance but this needs several years of age.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone, Les Quatre Terres
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Carignan and Cinsault sourced from Vacqueryas, Roaix, Seguret, and Rasteau.  The nose was still tight with aromas of brambly fruit.  In the mouth there was ripe, stoney, structured fruit which was a touch spicy with black fruit in the finish.  The drying tannins were citrus-like.  This really needs some age for the tannins to resolve.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, Les Blovac
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from the old vine parcel of Les Blovac.  The nose was a touch more tooty-fruity with its red aromas. In the mouth the flavors taste traditional with red fruit, structure, good acidity, and a hint of Mourvedre personality.  I would cellar this for three years.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Vacqueyras, Les Aubres
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from Les Aubes and La Ponche.  It was aged on the lees for 18 months in cask.  This wine had lurking power with its brambly fruit.  There was good restraint, tight structure, tasty flavors, and fine drying citrus-like tannins before the perfumed aftertaste.  I would cellar this three to five years.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas, Les Garancieres
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from old vines.  It was aged half in old wooden vats and half on the lees in tank.  The nose was a bit earthy as it stood out.  In the mouth the muscular red fruit existed in a muscular frame but still managed delicate red notes.  There were very fine powerful tannins.  I would try this again after five years.

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