More outstanding bottles of Domaine des Tours
Just over a year ago I was blown away by the quality and future potential of the 2010 Domaine des Tours, VdP Vaucluse. This wine was served blind during a tasting at Phil’s house. It is his quote which leads off the title of my post “Freakishly” good bottles of Chateau des Tours. Phil has recently brought in a few more selections from des Tours and this week I drank two of them.
The 2011 Domaine des Tours, VdP Vaucluse is in a great spot right now. It offers a bit more depth of flavor eventually coating the tongue with glycerin and weight. The 2012 Domaine des Tours, VdP Vaucluse is brighter with more primary fruit flavor. Both of them are made in that throwback style of mouth filling flavor without oozing fruit, tannin, and alcohol. For current drinking I give a nod towards the less expensive 2011. However, both of these wines should be in your cellar and glass.
2011 Domaine des Tours, VdP Vaucluse – $30
Alcohol 13.5%. This is a rather, light cranberry-garnet color. The wine is deeper in flavor with more mineral infused red fruit. After the acidity driven, zippy start is a racy middle with a deeper, bass note of flavor. With air it builds weight and glycerin as the flavors lay on top of your tongue. It even develops a floral, hop aroma. **** Now – 2027.
2012 Domaine des Tours, VdP Vaucluse – $32
Alcohol 13.5%. This sports brighter, grippy red fruit. In fact there is a more prominent display of floral red fruit. Minerality does come out from the middle to the finish. The wine is a little firm at first with youthful tension. With air it too builds weight and glycerin but remains riper and fruitier with flavors of strawberry and apricot. There is a little bit of ink and structure in the finish. **** Now – 2030.