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Two More 2010 Cotes du Rhone


For the second vintage in a row the La Grange de Piaugier is in the top group of my favorite affordable wines.  While it is an appealing wine for weekly drinking or big parties, it certainly stands up to more serious scrutiny.  Starting with the 2005 vintage the Cuvee Jules Rochebonne has been a standout wine for me.  It always evoked earthy, dark, old school flavors.  The 2010 vintage shows traits of these earlier vintages but this bottle was really shutdown.  It should be retasted in several years.  The Piaugier is currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

Sophie Autran of Domaine de Piaugier kindly answered some of my questions.  Thank you!  The La Grange de Piaugier is produced from 15-year-old Grenache vines in Sablet, 15-year-old Syrah vines, and 40-year-old Carignan and Cinsault planted by Jean-Marc’s father.  Indeed this cuvee is the only one which incorporates the Carignan and Cinsault.  The varietals are co-fermented with indigenous yeasts for 10 days in concrete vats before aging for 8 months in concrete vats.

2010 Domaine de Piaugier, La Grange de Piaugier, Cotes du Rhone – $12
Imported by DS Trading. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, and Syrah sourced from 15-45-year-old vines. It was aged in tank.  The color is almost a medium, purple ruby.  Drunk over two nights it delivers a good scented nose which is fresh and framed with red and black fruit along with ripe floral notes.  The mouth follows the nose with good acidity and a touch spicy tannins.  Quite appealing. *** Now-2017.

2010 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Cuvee Jules Rochebonne, Cotes du Rhone – $18
Imported by Simon N” Cellars.  The wine is blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache sourced from 15-35 year old vines.  It was aged 18 months in vats for the Grenache and barrel for the Syrah.  The tight nose lets escape bright red fruit than seen in previous vintages.    This is at most a medium-bodied wine with old-school Syrah notes.  The wine is both restrained and rather young.  There are notes of pencil, fine tannins which coat the lips, and watering acidity.  With a lot of air some black berries and spice come out.  Definitely cellar this for several years before trying again.  **(*) 2015-2022.

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