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A Trio of Recent Rhones


Just a short post for today focusing in on three Rhone wines.  The 2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Les Argiles Rouges offers up gobs of flavor in a forward, immediately accessible style.  It is much different from the 2010 vintage (please see my post Affordable 2010 Ventoux and Cotes du Rhone Which Will Develop).  The 2010 Domaine de Mourchon, Tradition is more approachable than the 2009 vintage was in its youth (please see my post Three New Wines From Mourchon).  This vintage manages to have everything characteristic of a young Cotes du Rhone which may be drunk now or with short-term age.  Lastly, the 2009 Arnoux & Fils, Seigneur de Lauris is back in stock and is still the clean, modern wine which I last tasted almost two years ago (please see my post 2009 Arnoux & Fils, Seigneur de Lauris, Vacqueyras ) It should have  broad appeal.  My personal recommendation is to buy a bunch of the Mourchon. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Les Argiles Rouges, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Simon N’Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Carignan, and 10% Syrah.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed grainy, raisin berries, along with blue and black berry jam.  In the mouth there were forward ripe and sweet flavors of jam and blue fruit before a black, minerally middle.  There was a smooth texture in the mouth with the acidity there and minimal tannins.  The jammy flavors made way to a racy finish.  ** Now-2016.

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2010 Domaine de Mourchon, Tradition, Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret – $17
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Carignan sourced from 40-year-old vines which was aged in concrete.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The light nose was mixed with pepper and grapey aromas.  In the mouth there were good, young flavors which opened up within one hour.  There were some firm black fruit, tannins, and graphite minerals.  The acidity  mixed with black fruit.  There was a slightly, youthful greenhouse note as fine, drying tannins eventually coated the lips.  *** Now-2018.

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2009 Arnoux & Fils, Seigneur de Lauris, Vacqueyras – $18
Imported by Monsieur Touton.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from vines that are 50+ years old.  It is aged for six to twelve months in foudres and 33% new oak.  Alcohol 14%.  The color was a light to medium cherry.  The rather light nose was grapey with some black fruit.  In the mouth there was focused, red cherry fruit which was all balanced with the acidity and tannins, as well as being polished.  The flavors were clean.  There was some weight, a little ripe tannins, and red and black fruit with air.  It was a little grapey in the finish.  I would never guess this modern wine to be from Vacqueyras.  **(*) Now-2018.

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