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Many Bottles of Excellent Rhone Wine


What can I write except that I enjoyed all of these wines.  Do not let the simple Cotes du Rhone designation of the 2012 Domaine de la Janasse, Blanc fool you.  This is the same serious white wine I was able to taste earlier this year.  There is not much available so do not snooze on buying some.   The 2010 Yves Cuilleron, Syrah Rose,  Sybel was excellent too!  While I liked the flavor of the 2011 Domaine Charvin, Le Poutet I cannot deny I was distracted by the heat coming out, it is at 15% ABV, which Jenn characterised as rough in the finish.  Whereas the 2007 Domaine Alary, Le Font d’Estevenas has a riper start the 2010 Domaine Alary, Le Font d’Estevenas has everything in balance in one dense, young wine.  Though quite good and in need of cellar age, it is not 94 points in my mind. It may be a crime to open up young Cote-Rotie but the nose alone of the 2011 Domaine Champet, La Vialliere makes it worth it.  Lastly, a bottle of 2006 Roger Sabon, Prestige which had old signs of seepage proved to be in stellar shape.  In the picture of the cork you may see how the wine had slipped through the defect in the cork so it was not heat damaged.  Leakers are a fun gamble because I drink them soon after purchase.  The Yves Cuilleron was purchased at Wishing Well Liquors with the rest at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de la Janasse, Blanc, Cotes du Rhone  – $19
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Clairette, 15% Bourboulenc, 10% Viognier, and 10% Roussanne which was aged for 6 months on the lees in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a light straw yellow.  The nose was almost nutty with white fruit.  In the mouth there was a controlled, round start then oily, expansive flavors with acidity present from the start.  There were complex floral and spice flavors along with pear.  It had moderate weight with a long aftertaste of chalk.  Lovely stuff. *** Now-2015.

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2010 Yves Cuilleron, Syrah Rose,  Sybel, France –
Imported by Neal Rosenthal.  This wine is 100% Syrah which was raised and aged in wood and cuve.  Alcohol 12%.  The color was a nice deep rose.  The nose revealed small, red berries and yeasty aromas.  There were hard cherry flavors in the mouth which slowly built into ripe strawberry.  The vein of acidity was a little watery and juicy.  The structure left fine ripe textured tannins on the inside of the lips and gums.  This warms up well, taking on a smooth mouthfeel.  *** Now-2014.

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2011 Domaine Charvin, Le Poutet, Cotes du Rhone – $19
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Carignan raised in concrete.  Alcohol 15%.  The color was a light to medium ruby with a hint of grape.  The nose was of Kirsch.  There were lively flavors of black and red fruit which was grapey in nature.  There was a powdery middle with some distracting heat breaking out in the finish.  Cleary young with salivating acidity and some cherry flavors.  Though it was best on the first night, I would try it again in the New Year.  ** 2014-2019.

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2010 Domaine Alary, Le Font d’Estevenas, Cairanne – $22
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color was a medium violet ruby.  The nose bore floral fruit.  In the mouth were dense flavors of black, minerally fruit.  The fruit envelops the structure which comes out in the finish and aftertaste as fine, drying tannins which stick to the gums.  It had a grapey texture with chalk notes.  There is a good future ahead. ***(*) 2016-2026.

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2011 Domaine Champet, La Vialliere, Cote-Rotie – $47
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier aged in 10% new French oak.   Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose revealed loads of wet tobacco at first before developing white pepper and exotic aromas of wet potpourri.  The mouth followed the nose with lots of pepper, floral fruit, and good personality.  It was very approachable with the structure present but unobtrusive with its drying, moderately sized tannins.  There was good expansion as it picked up more black fruit.  ***(*) Now-2028.

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2006 Roger Sabon, Prestige, Chateauneuf du Pape –
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 15% other  varieties sourced from 90+ year old vines and raised for 16-18 months in foudres and demi-muid.  Alcohol 15%.  From a bottle showing old signs of seepage.  The nose mixed a fine wood scent with mulled berries.  In the mouth were modern, cool blue fruit flavors and more wood box notes.  With air this round wine put weight on the macerated blue fruit which mixed with spices, including cinnamon.  It was a little creamy with a cedar hint.  It is transition to its next stage in development.  ***(*) Now-2025.

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  1. November 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

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