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A Pair of New Rhones

The 2012 Domaine la Bouïssiere, Les Amis de la Bouïssiere delivers an impressive amount of good flavor for the price.  The 2012 vintage could easily be a table wine for drinking over the next several years.  This is a welcome return since I do not recall drinking any since the 2009 vintage.  The 2010 Domaine Montirius, Les Clos, Vacqueyras is an attractive, modern Vacqueyras which has a clean and fresh flavor profile that matches its floral and mineral notes.   While it is enjoyable now I would wait a few years for it to relax.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2012 Domaine la Bouïssiere, Les Amis de la Bouïssiere – $14
Imported by Dionysos Import.  This wine is a blend of 34% Merlot, 26% Syrah, 26% Caladoc, and 14% Grenache.    Alcohol 14%.  The nose billows forth red and black fruit.  In the mouth was a bit of minerally black fruit which was concentrated with more minerals and cool flavors.  There were powdery tannins which dried the gums making for obvious structure.  This was actually a serious wine which is still a little firm.  **(*) 2014-2019.


2010 Domaine Montirius, Les Clos, Vacqueyras – $24
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah sourced from vines averaging 25 years of age spent 12-18 months in concrete vats.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The lifted nose was fresh with Syrah aromas.  In the mouth there was a slight, saline start before modern, young fruit flavors came out.  There was a drying, tangy, and chewy structure from the start.  It had good, young flavors and texture before taking on violets and black fruit in the finish.  With air it revealed more minerality.  *** Now-2024.


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