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Four Selections From Weygandt Wines


Lou and I recently stopped by Weygandt Wines during their four-year anniversary weekend.  After tasting some lovely wines that Tim and Warren opened I set about the store.  Four of the wines I purchased are featured in today’s post.  The 2012 Domaine Canet Valette, Antonyme might certainly be described as “the Beaujolais of Canet Valette” but I would spend the extra Dollar or two to purchase the Saint-Chinian in the form of 2010 Domaine Canet-Valette, Une et Mille Nuits.  The 2010 Domaine Jean Louis Tribouley, l’Alba, Cotes du Roussillon was most unevolved of the four wines featured in this post despite the delicate, orange peel note. The 2010 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss, Les Grimaudes, Costieres de Nimes continued to reveal attractive earthy aromas and flavors, giving a sense of how it will develop, but it is young.  That is enough reason to recommend purchasing it but since it is only $15 you should pick up several bottles.  The 2011 Domaine Jean Baptiste Senat, La Nine, Minervois had a complex nose of potpourri and bitters followed by savory flavors that mixed with minerals.  While satisfying it its youth it has the components and balance to last a decade.  Buy this one as well.  These wines are available at Weygandt Wines.

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2012 Domaine Canet Valette, Antonyme – $17
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 50% Mourvedre and 50% Cinsault.  It was fermented then aged for four months in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose revealed youthful, clean berry aromas.  In the mouth the red and black berry fruit had grapey structure and almost juicy acidity.  With extended air it became evocative of a natural wine.  The flavors were grapey, turning blacker towards the finish where more ripe tannins and structure came out.  This was a well-made, light wine with light and drying black fruit flavors.  ** Now-2015.

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2010 Domaine Jean Louis Tribouley, l’Alba, Cotes du Roussillon – $20
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache.  Alcohol 13.5 %.  The nose revealed a little spiced berries and earth.  With extended air it delivered earth then berries, then potpourri aromas.  In the mouth the black and red fruit played it tight with a little orange people before shutting down some. The flavors eventually follow the nose with delicate red fruit, orange peel, and a perfumed finish.  The good mouthfeel was matched by moderate structure for short term aging.  This oscillated in nature so it is best to cellar.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2010 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss, Les Grimaudes, Costieres de Nimes  – $15
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 25% Cinsault.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There were earthy hints on the nose which was eventually joined by cherry candy.  In the mouth the earthy fruit follows the nose in this young, structured wine.  There was blue and black fruit that had an earthy expansion in the finish.  With air it showed good flavor, became a bit creamy, and continued the earthy, expansive flavors adding in cherry and black fruit.  The structure asks for age.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2011 Domaine Jean Baptiste Senat, La Nine, Minervois – $22
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah sourced from soils of clay and limestone.  The Grenache vines are 60 years old, the Carignan 100 years old, the Mourvedre 25 years old, and the Cinsault 50 years old, and the Syrah 15 years old.  It was raised in vats and barrels.  Alcohol %.  With air the interesting nose was pungent with potpourri, bitters, and a subtle orange nose.  In the mouth the fruit builds in weight as it becomes drier in flavor.  There was extract and texture, along with an appropriate structure.  With air it became a little creamy with savory, black and blue flavors, minerals, good texture in the finish, and a mouthfilling aftertaste.  *** Now-2023.

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