A pair of young Rhones
I have just a quick post for today. The 2013 Lavau, Gigondas is a clean, contemporary Gigondas which you can drink right now. It still sports some robustness to carry you through these chilly Spring days. I think there is a touch more potential with the 2014 Domaine de Berane, Les Blaques, Cotes de Ventoux. With air it shows an appealing mixture of intensity, weight, and creaminess. If you can only afford one bottle then grab this one. It will show best in a year or two so if you try it now then give it several hours of air. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Lavau, Gigondas – $20
Imported by Monsieur Touton. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Alcohol 14.5%. This is a creamy with fruit that tastes of young vines. The tart flavors mix with baking spices and plenty of ripe tannins which provide for a somewhat robust finish. Quite appealing in an easy drinking way. **(*) Now – 2021.
2014 Domaine de Berane, Les Blaques, Cotes de Ventoux – $15
Imported by Wine Traditions. This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache which is fermented and aged in cement tanks. There is intensity to the grapey, black fruit which is supported by mid palate weight. With it there is a Big Red and citrus pith note in the middle. With air it takes on a little cream and a touch more weight. **(*) Now – 2022.