Posts Tagged ‘Cotes du Roussillon Villages’

2007 Hecht & Bannier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages

April 11, 2011 1 comment

I have eagerly await this wine from Roussillon as I enjoy wines rocky soils.  This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan.  The Grenache vineyards are located in the black schists around Maury.  The Syrah and Caignan vineyards  are located in the geneiss of Belesta and Caramany.  The Mourvedre vineyards are located in the galets roules around Tautavel.  It was aged for 24 months in a combination of concrete tank, and both new and old demi muids and barrels.

2007 Hecht & Bannier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Tasted 07 April 2011.
After one hour the light nose shows a bit of earth.  This a smooth, creamy, modern wine with waves of chewy, dark-fruit  flavors.  It is big with fine+ tannins.  There is a strong level of alcohol that is waiting to bust loose.  The label reports 15%.  A good wine but not in the style I prefer, a bit tough to drink several glasses.  ** Now-2017.

2007 d’Aupilhac, Montpeyroux and 2006 Clos des Fees, Vieilles Vignes

April 6, 2011 1 comment

For the last several years we have primarily drunk wines from the Southern Rhone.  But we have also found many exciting and interesting wines from Languedoc-Roussillon.

These are both lovely wines.  This was the first time I have had a wine from Domaine d’Aupilhac.  It is imported by Kermit Lynch.  The vineyards lie at 1200 feet on terraced hills rich in limestone, clay, and marine fossils.  The wine is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault from vines that are 35 years old.  It is aged in barrel for 20 months.

I have had wines from Le Clos des Fees before, a few vintages of Les Sorcieres and the 2003 Vieilles Vignes back in Spril 2008.  At the time the VV was a closeout and at $20 it was only a few bucks more than Les Sorcieres.  The VV is a blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Caignan, 15% Lledoner Pelut, and 15% Syrah from vines that are 50-100 years old.  It is aged in barrel for 12 months.

Lledoner Pelut is a cousin of Grenache and is found on both side of the Pyrenees.  In Spain is it called “Garnatxa Peluda” or “Hairy Grenache” because the leaves are fuzzy.

I would recommend both of these wines.  At $17 the d’Aupilhac is a fantastic deal.  The Clos des Fees at $35 so it is not exactly a deal.  There is much competition in that price range.

2007 Domaine d’Aupilhac, Montpeyroux, Coteaux du Languedoc
Tasted 04-05 April 2011.
On the first day Jenn commented that it was a good wine. I took this note on the second day. On the nose there a bit of meaty/earthiness that provides interest to the raspberry scent. In the mouth blue and red fruits are delivered in this medium bodied wine. The fine, integrated tannins come out as the wine turns towards steely, blue fruits in the finish. Some dusted flavors show in the aftertaste. This is an extremely enjoyable wild wine but I’d hold for a few years.  *** 2014-2019.

2006 Domaine du Clos des Fees, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Tasted 04 April 2011.
This needs several hours to show its charms.  It has a gritty nose followed by gritty blue and red fruit.  There are teeth coating tannins in this medium+ bodied wine.  There is a good mouthfeel, and cool blue fruit and acidity in the finish.  It wraps up with a long finish.  I highly recommend cellaring this wine for several years.  *** 2015-2019.

2003 Domaine du Clos des Fees, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Tasted 11 February 2008.
A purple/ruby color that is of medium opacity.  On the nose there is blue fruit and spice.  In the mouth more blue fruit, minerals, and grippy tannins.  This medium bodied wine has a good mouth feel.  It is still a bit young.

Four From France

February 12, 2008 1 comment

I recommend all but the 2001 Cristia. While I prefer the Alary and the Clos des Fess, the Mourgues des Gres is a good value. I’d consider it a notch down in preference because I was not particularly fond of the winey, fruit-driven syrah flavor it had. I’m not sure how to describe it.

2001 Domaine de Cristia, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $12
Although the domaine was founded in 1942, it wasn’t until 1999 that the wines were bottled at the domaine. This is an 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah blend. A light, brick color in the glass. A light nose of mature red/blue fruits. A simple, light to medium-bodied with that tastes fully mature now. I’d drink this now, I don’t see it gaining anything.

2005 Domaine Alary, La Font d’Estevens, Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne – $22
In 1983 Domaine de L’Oratoire St-Martin split with 19 ha controlled by Daniel and Denis Alary. Alary’s top red wine, La Font d’Estevens is named after the vineyard site in Cairanne. It is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache & Counoise. The Syrah vines came from Hermitage and were planted 40 years ago. Some of the Grenache vines are over 100 years old. This wine is purple/ruby with medium opacity in the glass. There is a good nose of peppery syrah. In the mouth blue fruits mix with pepper. The flavors slowly expand to become mouthfilling, with a fine but thorough amount of tannins and a good aftertaste. This is a fine wine that I would wait a few years before drinking.

2004 Chateau Mourgues du Gres, Terre d’Argence, Costieres de Nimes – $15
Chateau Mourges du Gres is located right at the southern edge of the Rhone. The estate originally belonged to the Convent of Ursulines of Beaucaire. In 1993 Francois Collard bottled his first red wine at the estate. The Terre d’Argences comes from an area where there are more chalk-clay marls on small hills. This wine is predominantly Syrah with old-vine Grenache. The Syrah vines are over 40 years old. It is aged 9-12 months in concrete tanks. This wine is a very opaque purple/garnet. A light, distinct syrah nose that is repeated on the palate. Dark fruits integrated with immediate acidity and assertive, fine tannins. This young wine has medium-bodied syrah flavors and is mouthfilling. It is already throwing a lot of sediment. I’d give it at least a year to develop more aromatics.

2003 Cloes des Fees, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Roussillion Villages – $20
Herve Bizeul produced his first wine in 1998. This wine is 30% Carignan, 30% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 15% Lladuner Pelut, and 10% Mourvedre. (According to The Oxford Companion to Wine, Lladuner Pelut is also known as Grenache Poilu or Velu. It resembles Grenache except the underside of the leaves are downier and it is less suspectible to rot.) The vines are between 50 – 100 years old and grow on limestone/clay hills that require hand harvesting. It is fermented in barrels and aged 18 months in French oak. It is purple/ruby with medium opacity in the glass. Blue fruit and spice on the nose. In the mouth there are blue/dark fruits, minerals, and grippy tannins from all of the wood. It is a medium-bodied wine, with good mouth feel. It is still a bit young. I’d buy a few of these to hold for a few years. Recently noted in The Hedonists Gazette and back in 2005 by The Lord Rodney.



Two Affordable French Wines

February 7, 2008 1 comment

I’m finding that there are many affordable French wines out there that offer satisfaction for a good price. Of the two I suspect the Montpezat has greater promise for the future.

2004 Chateau de Caladroy, Cuvee Les Schistes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages – $11
Chateau de Caladroy has a long history with the oldest building being a 12th century fortress. This is a Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Mourvedre blend. Ruby/purple in the glass with dark fruit on the nose. Red cherry flavors, medium-bodied, smooth in the mouth with fine tannins. There is good flavor but is not complex. I found it easy drinking and satisfying. A Vintage ’59 wine.

2001 Domaine de Montpezat, Cuvee Prestige, Vin de Pays d’Oc – $12
Domaine de Montpezat has been producing wine for over a century. It is now a 40 ha estate with 5 ha used to produce the Cuvee Prestige. The vines were planted in 1979 and 1983. This is a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah blend that is aged for 1 year in barrels. Darker berries and tobacco on the nose. A cool fruit rush that becomes mouthfilling. The tannins from oak subtly come out and finely coat mouth. The finish has the mouth-watering acidity and a good aftertaste. The wine is still young, it needs several hours of air or more age. A Robert Kacher wine.