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A Trio of 2007 Rhones Make Us Happy

I like to drink diversely but I cannot help but enjoy drinking wines from the Southern Rhone.  Indeed they reinvigorated my wine drinking back in 2007.  The Domaine de la Mordoree and Domaine de Beaucastel were dump-bin purchases, the first being the final bottle and the second showing signs of leakage.  I gambled of the leaker because the fill was very high and the capsule was dry.  The gamble paid off!  The Mordoree had a nose which interested Jenn but in the mouth it was a firm, tightly muscled wine which should be cellared more.  Both the Beaucastel and Font de Michelle are forward, luscious wines for drinking right now.  The Beaucastel has old school, earthy aromas and flavors enjoyed by all.  This bottle drank really well and has a lushness which makes you want to open more.  The Font de Michelle is immediately obvious as a special wine.  Again hard to resist now but there is an internal structure to carry it forward. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.  Click here for previous Notes from the Dump Bin.


2007 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac –
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah sourced from ~40 year old vines.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose starts of light and tight with brooding dark fruit and roast earth, taking on some raspberry on the second night.  In the mouth the focused blacker fruit mixes with cool acidity, black minerality, and carries muscular weight.  It give the impression that it will slowly age.  On the second night the purplish fruit takes on berry qualities with juicy acidity.  It is firmer but has focused ripeness, still young. **(*) 2015-2023.


2007 Domaine de Beaucastel, Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Cotes du Rhone –
Imported by Vineyard Brands.  This wine is a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault which were all fermented separately in enamel tiled vats.  It underwent malolactic fermentation, was aged for six to eight months in large oak barrels, and bottled after fining with egg whites.   Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose is interesting with earthy, ripe fruit.  The flavors follow the nose with a soft approach which still has good acidity.  There is nice weight to the wine.  Old-school flavors, wood box, and sweet spices fill the mouth.  There are some ripe tannins in the finish which is followed by an expansive aftertaste.  At the top of its rating.  *** Now-2018.


2007 Font de Michelle, Cuvee Etienne Gonnet, Chateauneuf du Pape – $35
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache (sourced from 100 year old vines), 10% Syrah, 10 % Mourvedre, and the rest Counoise, Muscardin, and Terret Noir.  The Grenache is aged in tank with the rest in demi-muid for 18 months.  Alcohol 14.5%.  After a four hour double-decant the light to medium strength nose reveals blue fruit and exotic berries.  In the mouth there are weighty blue fruit, dense flavors, and vintage flower perfume.  It is accessible with forward flavors, a wild note, and lots of fruit which expands in the mouth.  There are fine+ tannins in the finish and a long aftertaste.  With more air it reveals strength in personality, cinnamon spices, and an inky middle.  **** Now-2023.


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