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Two Grenache Based Wines From 2009

Both of these wines are predominantly Grenache with a small amount of Syrah.  The Domaine de la Grand Ribe is quite generous in its profile with a bit of heat showing through.  Just make sure you serve it cool and you can delight in all of the flavors for only $12.  The Chateau Coupe Roses is more of my style, albeit at almost twice the price.  I really like the earthy fruit and the effortless integration of the structure which will allow it to develop for several years.  Give them both a go!  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Domaine de la Grand Ribe, Cuvee Centenaire, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $12
Imported by Monsieur Touton.  This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah from 75+ year old vines.  It underwent malolactic fermentation.  Alcohol 15%.  The light nose reveals dark, red fruit. In the mouth there is ample citrus-like red fruit which is both strangely fresh and a bit heady.  The texture is nice with some grain.  There are notes of pencil graphite and wood with good acidity, spices in the finish followed by powdery red and blue fruit with spice in the aftertaste.  This drinks best at a cool temperature.  *** Now-2019.

2009 Chateau Coupe Roses, Granaxa, Minervois – $22
Imported by Vintage ’59 Imports.  This wine is 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for one year in second and third year oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The color is a medium ruby with dark-cherry.  The nose reveals candied-strawberry aromas.  In the mouth there is beautiful red, earthy fruit, gentle concentration, and powdery, textured flavors.  The wine is weighty with acidity coming out on the sides of the tongue towards the middle.  There are berry flavors in the finish followed by juicy-fruit in the aftertaste.  Drinkable now but should really be cellared.  *** 2014-2022.

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