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Wines from La Vrille et Le Papillon, La Folie Lucé, and Jean-Louis Tribouley


The wines features in today’s post comes from three very different regions of the Rhone, Loire, and Roussillon.  What they have in common, beyond the importer, is they are smaller, individually driven efforts.  The 2012 La Vrille et Le Papillon, Z Rouge, Ardeche bears a “Z” for zero-sulphur.   I thought this was evident on the nose but in no way were the flavors strange.  This wine needs a bit of air for the interesting flavors to come out at which point it drinks well.  The 2010 La Folie Lucé, Autrement, Saumur Champigny shows an interesting herbaceousness but in this case it is wildly tropical.  Though it is young and best left in the cellar, the nervy quality is attractive.  There is a strong future for the 2010 Jean-Louis Tribouley, Orchis Vieilles Vignes, VdP des Cotes Catalanes.  From the tobacco aromas to the floral infused fruit there is a lot to like.  I would leave it in the cellar or wine fridge for a few years to let it relax and open up.  So perhaps drink the La Vrille et Le Papillon now while you let the La Folie Lucé and Jean-Louis Troubley improve in the cellar.   These wines were purchased at Weygandt Wines.

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2012 La Vrille et Le Papillon, Z Rouge, Ardeche – $26
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Syrah, completely organic, and bottled without sulphur. Alcohol 12.5%.  The light nose mixed berries, natural wine aromas, and tea smoked berries.  In the mouth were incensed flavors of dry, bright fruit that was underlaid by black fruit and acidity.  The flavors remained tart with a bit of a spicy tannins.  The tannins coated the sides of the cheeks.  With air the wine developed flavors of graphite, young fine fruit, and a light orange-wood note.  *** Now-2019.

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2010 La Folie Lucé, Autrement, Saumur Champigny – $40
Imported by Weygandt-Wines.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from vines averaging 30 years of age on more chalky soils. It was raised in used oak barrels. Alcohol 13.8%.  There was an interesting nose of black fruit and aromas from a greenhouse full of tropical plants.  The mouth followed the nose with rounded red and black fruit that had a nervy tartness.  There were tight, ripe flavors then some ripe tannins on the gums, followed but  a tart, citrus pith aftertaste.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2010 Jean-Louis Tribouley, Orchis Vieilles Vignes, VdP des Cotes Catalanes – $30
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Cinsault.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The attractive nose bore aromas of focused ripe berries and tobacco.  In the mouth were both tart and ripe flavors of black and red fruit that left citric tannins on the g um.  The wine was a little chewy with long tannins that were a little spicy and matched a Big Red flavor.  This was a good, young wine that became better with air.  It eventually took on violet infused black fruit, some lipstick, and dry spices.  **(*) 2016-2024.

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