Four red wines from the Jura, Languedoc, and Rhone.
Of the four wines featured in today’s post I highly recommend you first try the 2013 Clos de Mont-Olivet, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone and the 2012 Domaine Badoz, Trousseau, Cotes du Jura. The former is an excellent Cotes du Rhone value that will drink well and modestly develop over the next few years. The later is yet another reason to drink more Trousseau. It is best drunk on the first night when the fruit is more outgoing. Lovely stuff! I suspect Jenn and I have consumed the majority of the Old-School Minervois stocks in the DC region. From the same producer you may now try the 2012 Chateau Maris, Les Anciens, Minervois La Liviniere which offers up a very good, elegant example of Carignan. I’ll admit my preference for old-school Vacqueyras but if you enjoy the modern-vein then definitely check out the 2012 Domaine de la Colline St-Jean, Vieilles Vignes, Vacqueyras. This wine will certainly improve with age and is best left in the cellar for the next several years. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Domaine Badoz, Trousseau, Cotes du Jura – $20
Imported by The Country Vintner. Alcohol 13.5%. The nose evokes cherry liquor with pure and light red fruit in the mouth. There is some weight to the flavors and an enveloping, fuzzy ripeness. Though it sports very, very fine and firm structure this wine is best on the first night when it exudes strawberries. With air it becomes leaner in flavor and more mineral. *** Now – 2018.
2012 Chateau Maris, Les Anciens, Minervois La Liviniere – $27
Imported by Verity Wine Partners. This wine is mostly Carignan that was fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak tanks then aged for 18 months in oak vats. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose matched the flavors in the mouth with its somewhat dense, grapey, flavors of purple and black fruit. This is a fruity and acidity driven wine with minimal structure until the finish where some cinnamon spice comes out. The watering acidity wraps everything up. Quite elegant and well done. *** Now – 2018.
2013 Clos de Mont-Olivet, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports. This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, and 10% Syrah. Alcohol 14%. The fruity nose sported deep, berry aromas. In the mouth the flavors were clean, well balanced and integrated with fine drying yet slightly ripe tannins. The flavors of plums, raisins, and minerals turned blacker towards the finish. With air the wine developed more structure, blue fruit, spices, and a slight cream hint. **(*) Now – 2020.
2012 Domaine de la Colline St-Jean, Vieilles Vignes, Vacqueyras – $22
Imported by Kysela et Fils. This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was aged for 18 months in concrete tanks. Alcohol 15.5%. The wine was rich and dark with raisin accented fruit. In the mouth were ripe purple flavors in this youthful wine. The fruit was enlivened by watering acidity that matched the grapey nature. This modern wine turned brighter with air. Though it has power and ample tannic structure, it is a balanced wine with attractive minerality. Will certainly improve with age. **(*) Now -2025+.