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Two Excellent French Wines, Both Aged in Concrete


Normally we taste new wines over the course of two evenings.  We did this with the 2011 Domaine Lafage, Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes, I even took notes from two different bottles.  When it came to the 2011 M&S Ogier D’Ampius, Le Temps Est Venu we could not resist finishing the bottle in one night.  So perhaps my tasting note or score short-change the wine but what is more important is that I highly recommend you try it.  I know I shall drink it again.   Ogier is a master of the Northern Rhone but he is certainly adept in the Southern Rhone.  The Lafage provides tremendous amounts of flavor for the money.    It is a rich wine which is youthful and I suspect is going to change over the next year.  I recommend you try that as well.  Whereas I could drink several glasses of the Ogier I might be limited to one or two of the Lafage.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 M&S Ogier D’Ampius, Le Temps Est Venu, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $19
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah and Mourvedre sourced from the Plan de Dieu.  It was aged for one year in concrete vats.  Alcohol 14%.  From the first pour there is a beautiful and slightly pungent nose of strawberries, blackberries.  In the mouth there were good strawberry flavors, rich but with structure and supportive acidity.  There is a grainy berry texture, drier flavors, and a somewhat old-school aspect.  *** Now – 2017.

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2011 Domaine Lafage, Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes, Cotes Catalanes IGP – $16
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache which was aged in concrete.  Alcohol 15%.  The nose reveals ample grainy, strawberry and red berries.  In the mouth there are grapey flavors of ripe strawberry, raspberry, and underlying black fruit. There is undeniably a lot of flavor with integrated acidity, black inky notes in the finish, and grapey, ripe, gentle tannins.  The aftertaste is mouthfilling.  *** Now-2018.

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