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Three Recently Released Cotes du Rhones

Here are a trio of Cotes du Rhone wines which recently became available in Washington, DC.  The Saint Cosme provide pleasurable and affordable drinking while still providing elements to engage ones attention.  The Grand Veneur and Gour de Chaule are more serious along with several Dollars more expensive.  The Grand Veneur provides early pleasure whereas the Gour de Chaule should be cellared for a few years.   These wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone – $13
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is 100% Syrah.  There are blue and black fruit, stone notes, hints of white fruit, and a straight-up personality.  There are grapey tannins, a touch of spice, concentration, and smokey bacon notes.  This is a good solid wine to be drunk over the short-term.  ** Now-2017.

2010 Domaine Grand Veneur, Les Champauvins, Cotes du Rhone – $16
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is an approximate blend of 70 % Grenache, 20 % Syrah, 10 % Mourvedre which was fermented in stainless steel.  The nose shows a pure, red berry nose but with air develops ripe and botanic aromas.  In the mouth the red, ripe fruit wants to jump out into the mouth only to follow with blueberry flavors.  Fresh and assured there is definite body to this wine along with ripe, drying tannins.  This appears destined to drink earlier than the 2009.  I would give this a year to settle down.  **(*) 2013-2017.

2010 Domaine du Gour de Chaule, Cuvee de la vigneronne, Cotes du Rhone – $17
Imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchant.  This wine is 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre which underwent malolactic fermentation before aging in large foudre.  The tight nose makes way to tight blue and black fruit in the mouth.  There are fine, dusty tannins, black fruit in the finish which matches well with the acidity.  With air the nice fruit takes on a touch of spice, cinnamon in the finish, and very mild ripeness.  **(*) 2015-2019.

  1. May 31, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Glad you liked the 2010 Champauvins, always a serious wine for the price. Champauvins is sourced from a single vineyard, bordering on the CdP appellation’s northern edge, separated only by a dirt road (and about $30 dollars on the shelf)

  2. May 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Jeremy, It is a well-priced favorite of mine which, while it shows well young, develops nicely after several years.

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