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Exciting Crozes-Hermitage and Moulin-a-Vent from 2011


It is fun to try new wines and even more fun to enjoy them.  As always, when I spied the unfamiliar bottles from Domaine Belle  I grabbed one to try.    Phil even asked later to make sure I had seen them.  The 2011 Domaine Belle, Les Pierrelles, Crozes-Hermitage opened up over two nights to reveal balanced, meaty black fruit that took on a racy quality.  This is a strong example of Crozes-Hermitage that you should not miss.   If you try a bottle be sure to give it a few hours in a decanter.   I cannot find much on the 2011 Roger Lassarat, Vieilles Vignes, Moulin-A-Vent.  The Roger Lassarat website appears to be a few years out of date for the vineyards are detailed as being 100% Chardonnay.  Regardless this is an amazing example of Gamay that will develop with age.  I tasted our bottle over three days and despite giving it plenty of air, the wine remained coiled tight even at the end.  That said, I really enjoyed the dark earthy overtones.  I highly recommend you try these two completely different wines.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Domaine Belle, Les Pierrelles, Crozes-Hermitage – $22
Imported by DS Trading Company.  This wine is 100% Syrah from sourced from vines planted in the early 1980s on soils of galets which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 14 months in used oak barrels.  .Alcohol 13%.  The nose was of Northern Rhone black fruit.  In the mouth were meaty, black fruit flavors mixed with smoke notes.  The cool fruit was matched by graphite notes and some ripe and spicy tannins.  The wine maintained a good balance of youthful flavors of black fruit, acidity, and tannins.  *** Now-2022.

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2011 Domaine Roger Lassarat, Vieilles Vignes, Moulin-A-Vent – $22
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose bore fresh aromas of raspberry candy and black soil.  In the mouth were flavors of dark red fruit with even darker overtones.  The tart flavors were noticeable on the sides of the tongue before the citric hint at the end.  The aftertaste bore an attractive dark, slightly earthy flavor.  Needs age!  **(*) 2015-2024+.

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