Posts Tagged ‘Cotes du Jura’

Four red wines from the Jura, Languedoc, and Rhone.

November 6, 2015 Leave a comment

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+.


A Lip-Smacking Chardonnay from Domaine Rolet

June 15, 2012 2 comments

Domaine Rolet was founded in the 1940s by Desire Rolet.  The domaine remains in the family and today produces wine from 60 hectares of vineyards in Arbois, Cotes du Jura, and l’Etoile.  Of these two wine I recommend the Chardonnay for it is a beautiful wine that exhibits the personality of Jura in a manner many will enjoy.  Unfortunately my bottle of Les Grandvaux seemed a bit tired.  Both of these wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2005 Domaine Rolet, Rouge, Les Grandvaux, Cotes du Jura – $17
Imported by William Corner Wine.  This wine is a blend of 50% Poulsard and 50% Pinot Noir sourced from Grandvaux.  It was aged for 12-18 months.  The color is a light garnet rose.  The nose is light and gentle with aromas of mixed berries.  In the mouth there is lighter fruit which is dry followed by tart and bright red fruit.  There is lots of acidity and some low-lying spice.  Somewhat simple this gives the impression of having peaked already.  ** Now.

2007 Domaine Rolet, Chardonnay, L’etoile – $18
Imported by William Corner Wine.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay which was fermented then  matured for 10-12 months in oak barrels.  This wine is a vibrant light yellow color with gold highlights.  Tasted over three nights the light nose has hints of ripe apple.  In the mouth there is focused, bright fruit which has a lovely mouthfeel.  There are apple orchard flavors, a hint of oxidation, some nuts, and a lip-smacking finish.  The long aftertaste continues with the apple orchard note.  A beautiful wine that should last for some time  *** Now-2017.

Brown Bags at Weygandt Wines

December 15, 2011 2 comments

Just Some of the Brown-Bagged Wines

Last night I stopped by at Weygandt Wines for the monthly Food and Wine Bloggers night.  Hosted by Tim O’Rourke with invitations sent out by Joon Song of Vinicultured, the event was attended by several bloggers, people in the business, and many wine lovers.  The theme was a blind tasting and in the end there were 14 bottles of wine sourced from both the store and other places.  I suspect two dozen people rotated through.  To some degree everyone attempted to guess what they were drinking but that did not distract from social, talkative, enjoyment.

I enjoyed the range of wines with the Jean Francois Ganevat, Poulsard being the most unusual experience.  Of the whites I enjoyed the 2010 Gerard & Pierre Morin, Sancerre along with the 2008 Heitz, Sauvignon Blanc.  In terms of the red wines the  2010 Domaine Collotte is of good value, the 2002 Olga Raffault interesting, the 2007 Domaine Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin was very drinkable, the 2009 Domaine les Aphillanthes needs to be revisited, and the 1995 Thunder Mountain was surprisingly good.

I have included my casual tasting notes.  They are presented in the order in which the bottles were numbered but not necessarily tasted.

#1 – 2010 Gerard & Pierre Morin, Vieilles Vignes, Sancerre
This is imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This had a very light color.  There was a light nose, grassy, and textured.  In the mouth there were expansive flavors midpalate, note of stone, and acidity in the back of the mouth.  Attractive. Not Rated.

#2 – 2010 Domaine Collotte, Cuvee de Noble Souche, Burgundy
This is imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  A young color of ruby with purple tinge.  I thought this was Gamay!  The nose had notes of pepper and with time developed a good perfume.  There were some gravelly flavors and fine tannins. Not Rated.

#3 – Jean Francois Ganevat, Poulsard, Cuvee de l’enfant terrible, Cotes du Jura
This is a Jeffrey Alpert Selection.  This was a garnet-orange color.  Fizzy when poured it sported a foxy nose.  Quite unique with piercingly high acidity and citrus notes.  Interesting but not my preference, probably better with food. Not Rated.

#4 – 2002 Olga Raffault, Les Picasses, Chinon
This is imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  It is made from Cabernet Franc grown on soils of limestone and clay.  A garnet color showing some age.  A perfumed nose, good red fruit, some stemmy forest wood flavors. Not Rated.

#5 – 2010 Chateau de la Bonneliere, Rive Gauche, Chinon
This is imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  A grapey color.  Young Cabernet Franc flavors with plenty of supporting acidity. Not Rated.

#6 – 2007 Domaine Dugat-Py, Vieilles Vignes, Gevrey-Chambertin
This is imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  A garnet color.  The slightly earthy nose is richer.  But the body was slight with precise, elegant flavors, tannins, and lots of acidity. Not Rated.

#7 – 2009 Domaine les Aphillanthes, 1921, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau
This is imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is mostly Grenache sourced from a parcel planted in 1921.  A nose of black fruit and some pencil lead.  Very ripe, powdery fruit, a little spice, grapey tannins in finish.  Quite different from the other reds, powerful, I found this overbearing at first but when I revisited it later the wine had shaken off the baby fat and showed structure. Not Rated.

#8 – 2003 Edmunds St. John, Rocks and Gravel
This blend is roughly 35% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 30% Mourvedre.  The nose was quite sweet like a rich vanilla-cake with a dash of spice.  The nose was quite different from the body which was quite restrained. Not Rated.

#9 – 2008 Heitz Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
This was enjoyable and drinkable with citrus flavors, decent body, and some concentration. Not Rated.

#10 – 1995 Thunder Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountains
This was an aged garnet color.  A very pretty nose, lifted and complex with mature aromas but it ended with a vegetal note.  In the mouth it was crisp, precise, and had an enjoyable texture.  I thought it was Austrian! Not Rated.

#11 – 2004 Chateau de Valcombe, Prestige, Costieres de Nimes
This is imported by Robert Kacher.  The wine is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache.  I found a nose of old ladies perfume with flavors of wet cardboard and very fine tannins.  I did not like this. Not Rated.

#12 – 2010 Domaine Croix des Marchands, Fraicheur Perlee, Gaillac
This is imported by First Vine.  The wine is a blend of 34% Mauzac, 33% Muscadelle, and 33% Loin de l’Oeil sourced from 30-year-old vines.  Unfortunately, I did not taste this bottle. Not Rated.

#13 – 2004 James Judd & Sons Vineyards, Malbec Verdot, Paso Robles
This is a blend of 75% Malbec and 25% Petite Verdot.  The 2005 was aged for 22 months in American, French, and Hungarian oak barrels.  I found this overblown and hot, not my style. Not Rated.

#14 – 2008 Blenheim Vineyards, Blenheim Farm Petit Verdot, Monticello
This smelled like bleach in my glass.  After I dumped it the glass took on aromas of tobacco and dried herbs. Not Rated.

Joon and Aaron