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Young Cotes du Rhone: One to Drink and One to Age

Jenn and I tasted both of these wines side by side over two nights.  On the first night I rather liked the Clos du Mont-Olivet and was generally pleased by how well the less expensive Kermit Lynch Selection showed.  On the second night I was quite surprised to find Clos du Mont-Olivet clamping down whereas the Kermit Lynch Selection still showing very well.  Surprised as I was, this seems to be in line with my notes of previous vintages.  While I thought the 2009 was drinkable I had recommended cellaring it for a few years.  I certainly recommend the same for the 2010 which shows more restraint in fruit and overall structure.  So you should cellar the Clos du Mont-Olivet while you drink the Kermit Lynch Selection.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Kermit Lynch Selection, Cotes du Rhone – $11
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah , 16% Carignan, 3% Mourvedre, and 1% Cinsault sourced from 40-year-old vines on marl and limestone soils.  It is fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement cuves where it is aged as well.  Made by Jean-Francois Pastural at Terres d’Avignon.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color is a light to medium grapey garnet.  The light nose is of pepper and red fruit, generally a young brambly Rhone nose.  In the mouth there are flavors of red and black fruit, a little garrigue; certainly complete in what it is.  On the second night there is a savory start with flavors of black cherry and  licorice with a touch drier nature.  There is tart acidity and dry tannins. The finish shows more herbs and pepper.  *** Now-2017.


2010 Clos du Mont-Olivet, Montueil-la Levade, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache (40 years old), 15% Carignan(40 years old), and 5% Syrah(29 years old) which was primarily fermented in cement tank, undergoes malolactic fermentation in cement, then is aged after blending in large oak barrels and vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The color is a light to medium ruby which is lighter than the Kermit Lynch.  The nose is almost perfumed with berry fruit.  In the mouth there is lively, spiced fruit delivered with a certain lightness in nature.  There is pepper in the finish with flavors that are a bit incensed.  The wine leaves very fine tannins on the tongue and lips.  On the second night this showed more structure and tighter flavors.  **(*) 2013-2018IMG_4805

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  1. May 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

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