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A pair of must-try Cotes du Rhone from 2012


Both of the wines in today’s post are Grenache heavy Cotes du Rhone blends from the 2012 vintage.  They both offer plenty of forward drinking ripe flavors but I believe they should be short-term cellared for different reasons.  The 2012 Clos du Mont-Olivet, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone is the new name of the Montueil la Levade Vieilles Vignes.  This change was due to new AOC regulations.  As a result the bottle wears a completely redesigned label.  On the first night this was a rather ripe, fruity wine that seemed destined for immediately consumption.  On the second night the wine showed a serious side with better balance due to the presence of structure.  This wine might just need until the new year to show its best. If you cannot wait to try this affordable wine be sure to give it several hours of air before drinking.  The 2012 Le Clos du Caillou, Le Bouquet des Garrigues, Cotes du Rhone showed more obviously depth of flavor but it was delivered in a wall of flavor.  I would then cellar this wine to let it relax and expand.  I certainly recommend you try both of these wines.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

CdR1

2012 Clos du Mont-Olivet, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Carignan sourced from 30-40+ year old vines.  It was primarily fermented in cement tank, undergoes malolactic fermentation in cement, then is aged after blending in large oak barrels and vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose offered up clean aromas of blueberry and strawberry fruit.  In the mouth the blue fruit took on ripe fruit flavors with a little grip and noticeable acidity on the tongue.  It had a creamy hint, nice texture, and good expansion in the aftertaste.  This was all around well-done with more serious flavors, slightly juicy, and a persistent ripe and textured aftertaste.  *** Now-2018.

CdR2

2012 Le Clos du Caillou, Le Bouquet des Garrigues, Cotes du Rhone – $20
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Carignan, Mourvedre, and Cinsault sourced from 50+ year old vines.  The fruit was fermented in cuve beton then aged for for 15 months in used foudres.  Alcohol 15%.  This wine quickly built serious flavors that were lively in the midpalate on the tongue.  The wine coated the teeth and gums with a little spicy structure.  With air, the wall of flavor developed garrigue and cinnamon followed by dried herbs in the finish.  ***(*) Now-2020.

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