Two must-try wines, one youthful and one complex
In today’s post I take a break from some research into old Champagne to inform you about two interesting wines. The 2013 Domaine Philemon, Jurancon Noir, Cotes du Tarn is a crazy wine that tastes of the grape. Jurancon Noir is an old variety that is a cross between Folle Blanche and Cot. This particular bottle tasted incredibly fresh, as if drinking straight from the tank. I must warn you that it is on the tart side of things. Still, it drank well and showed good presence for several days. I was completely surprised by the 2012 Mas de Gourgonnier, Reserve du Mas, Les Baux de Provence. My previous two experiences with the Reserve du Mas were with lighter, dry wines that had plenty of dried herb flavors. This latest vintage shows ripeness with more weight which works particularly well with the dark fruit and complex flavors. It seems to have already taken on some maturity which makes it irresistible. This is clearly my favorite wine yet from Mas de Gourgonnier! These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Domaine Philemon, Jurancon Noir, Cotes du Tarn – $12
Imported by Wine Traditions Ltd. This wine is 100% Jurancon Noir that under-went semi-carbonic fermentation with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks. Alcohol 11%. There was a very young fruit taste in the mouth but the nose was rather complex. In the mouth the tart, grapey black fruit showed some ripeness but was ultimately quite dry. The wine sported plenty of grapey flavor that mixed with christmas spices and dry tannins that coated the gums in the finish. It finished slightly spicy and puckering. It tastes as if it were straight from the tank. *** Now.
2012 Mas de Gourgonnier, Reserve du Mas, Les Baux de Provence – $20
Imported by Dionysos Imports. This wine is an equal blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 12.5%. The nose was a bit earthy with low-lying black fruit aromas. The mouth followed the nose with dark, yet fresh flavors. Incredibly, this plummy wine was already complex with wood box and gentle garrigue notes. With air it took on cherry fruit and showed grip in the finish. What a pleasure! ***(*) Now-2020.