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2009 Domaine Leon Barral, Jadis and Valiniere


If it were not for the close-out prices I never would have opened bottles of 2009 Domaine Leon Barral Jadis and Valiniere.  However, after falling in love with The Brilliant 2009 Didier Barral, Faugeres I could not resist trying these other selections.  I ended up opening two bottles of Jadis.  The first bottle was interesting at first but with air the Brett seemed to bloom and the wine became difficult to enjoy by the end of the evening.  On the second night it was undrinkable.  There was interesting funk and earth but the wine had become piercing and incredibly tannic.  A second bottle proved much better with more defined fruit.  There was still some of the brett character which leads me to believe this is a polarizing wine.  Whereas the base Faugeres is quite expressive right now the Valiniere is drinkable but the best is yet to come.  I shall report back towards the end of the decade and suggest you stash some Valiniere away as well.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Domaine Leon Barral, Jadis, Faugeres – $27
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Syrah, and 20% Grenache sourced from 30 to 60 year old vines.  The wine was aged 24 to 26 months in 10% new oak.   Alcohol 14%.  The nose was tight yet deep and dense with aroma.  In the mouth were tight flavors that revealed red and black fruit.  The wine was funky with savory flavors, white pepper, and black minerals.  There was a lot of acidity with prominent and very fine tannins on the gums.  Needs age.  **(**) 2019-2029.

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2009 Domaine Leon Barral, Valiniere, Faugeres – $45
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah sourced from 15-30 year old vines.  The wine was aged 24 to 26 months in 10% new oak.  Alcohol 14%.  There was a subtle nose of old polished wood and bitters.  In the mouth were concentrated flavors of Kirsch that were fresh and youthful but delivered in a haze of the old-school.  There was raspberry candy notes as a definite tannic structure came out.  The structure had no hard edges but left a hint of wood.  With air the wine took on a lovely, ripe, grippy aftertaste and with its fresh acidity, remained lovely.  Approachable not but best left to develop in the cellar.  ***(*) Now-2029.

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