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Randomly Purchased Rhone Wines


It may be hard to believe but I do not purchase all of my wine from MacArthur Beverages.  But on occasion I pop in to a store while running our weekend chores and grab a bottle or two.  The Domaine de la Soleiade is a pleasing enough, contemporary wine.  More interesting is the young Domaine des Escaravailles which tilts towards tart cranberry fruit with notes of graphite and cinnamon.  At its low cost I would not hesitate to stash away a few bottles for drinking several years down the road.  I have often found the wines of Bois de Saint Jean seductive.  Unfortunately I do not have any older tasting notes on the blog.  Though tight the L’Intrepide still makes for attractive drinking at an equally attractive price. The Soleiade was purchased at Whole Foods.  The Escaravailles and Bois de Saint Jean were purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits.

2009 Domaine de la Soleiade, Vacqueyras –  $17?
Imported by Fruit of the Vine Imports. This wine is a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah. Alcohol 13.5%. The color was a medium purple ruby. The light nose was slightly heady with blue and black fruit. In the mouth there were bright red and black fruit which took on a little creamy texture as it became framed and enlivened in the middle by a little acidity. There were spicy tannins in the finish with blue and black fruit and a chalky aspect. The flavors became expansive in the mouth. This wine had a little bit of everything. ** 2014-2018.

2010 Domaine ds Escaravailles, Les Sablieres, Cotes du Rhone – $14
Imported by Wine Agencies. This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Carignan sourced from sandier soils in Rasteau. Alcohol 14%. The nose bore blue and black fruit with underlying ripe red cranberry and strawberry. In the mouth there were young, tight black fruit which was a little tart along with tart acidity balanced by structure. The acidity made one salivate as graphite and ripe cranberry flavors mixed with moderate amounts of cinnamon. The finish brought out the tannins. **(*) 2015-2022.

2010 Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean, L’Intrepide, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by LVDH. This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault sourced from 40-year-old vines. Alcohol 14.5%. The color was a medium cherry garnet. The light to medium nose was slightly heady. In the mouth the graphite and black fruit flavors were still tight. The very black and blue fruit had acidity, focused weight, and similar flavors through the aftertaste. The very fine tannins stuck to the cheeks as a touch of minerality came out. Quite attractive. Young. *** Now-2019.

  1. philip bernot
    November 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hey man: I have killed with Intrepid here; sold tons of 09 & 2010’s Great fun for the $!

    • November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Yes! I always give a bottle Bois St Jean a go when I see one, good to drink.

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