Posts Tagged ‘Lirac’

A Trio of 2007 Rhones Make Us Happy

I like to drink diversely but I cannot help but enjoy drinking wines from the Southern Rhone.  Indeed they reinvigorated my wine drinking back in 2007.  The Domaine de la Mordoree and Domaine de Beaucastel were dump-bin purchases, the first being the final bottle and the second showing signs of leakage.  I gambled of the leaker because the fill was very high and the capsule was dry.  The gamble paid off!  The Mordoree had a nose which interested Jenn but in the mouth it was a firm, tightly muscled wine which should be cellared more.  Both the Beaucastel and Font de Michelle are forward, luscious wines for drinking right now.  The Beaucastel has old school, earthy aromas and flavors enjoyed by all.  This bottle drank really well and has a lushness which makes you want to open more.  The Font de Michelle is immediately obvious as a special wine.  Again hard to resist now but there is an internal structure to carry it forward. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.  Click here for previous Notes from the Dump Bin.


2007 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac –
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah sourced from ~40 year old vines.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose starts of light and tight with brooding dark fruit and roast earth, taking on some raspberry on the second night.  In the mouth the focused blacker fruit mixes with cool acidity, black minerality, and carries muscular weight.  It give the impression that it will slowly age.  On the second night the purplish fruit takes on berry qualities with juicy acidity.  It is firmer but has focused ripeness, still young. **(*) 2015-2023.


2007 Domaine de Beaucastel, Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Cotes du Rhone –
Imported by Vineyard Brands.  This wine is a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault which were all fermented separately in enamel tiled vats.  It underwent malolactic fermentation, was aged for six to eight months in large oak barrels, and bottled after fining with egg whites.   Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose is interesting with earthy, ripe fruit.  The flavors follow the nose with a soft approach which still has good acidity.  There is nice weight to the wine.  Old-school flavors, wood box, and sweet spices fill the mouth.  There are some ripe tannins in the finish which is followed by an expansive aftertaste.  At the top of its rating.  *** Now-2018.


2007 Font de Michelle, Cuvee Etienne Gonnet, Chateauneuf du Pape – $35
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache (sourced from 100 year old vines), 10% Syrah, 10 % Mourvedre, and the rest Counoise, Muscardin, and Terret Noir.  The Grenache is aged in tank with the rest in demi-muid for 18 months.  Alcohol 14.5%.  After a four hour double-decant the light to medium strength nose reveals blue fruit and exotic berries.  In the mouth there are weighty blue fruit, dense flavors, and vintage flower perfume.  It is accessible with forward flavors, a wild note, and lots of fruit which expands in the mouth.  There are fine+ tannins in the finish and a long aftertaste.  With more air it reveals strength in personality, cinnamon spices, and an inky middle.  **** Now-2023.


Fran Kysela Visits MacArthur Beverages

Fran Kysela

This past Saturday Fran Kysela was at MacArthur Beverages pouring a selection of his wines.  Fran Kysela is the owner of Kysela Pere et Fils which is an importer and wholesaler of wine, beer, sake, and spirits.  I tasted the wines out of little plastic Dixie cups so forgive my compressed notes.  There were good values in the lower price range including the Weingut Bastgen and the easy drinking Rubus which shows, as Fran described, spicy Lodi fruit.  Don’t forget the Bodegas Valsacro as well. Considering my small tasting cup I was amazed by the aromatic nose of the Domaine du Colombier.  I got the impression it is tightening up a bit so make sure you stick a few bottles in the cellar.  You should also include a few bottles of the Domaine Grand Veneur, Lirac.  For my impressions from his last visit please read this post.  All of the wines tasted are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Domaine Grand Veneur, Blanc de Viognier, Cotes du Rhone – $18
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  this wine is 100% Viognier.  The nose reveals light to medium aromas of ripe, yellow fruit.  In the mouth the flavors are clean and focused with some ripe flavors at first.  There is a strength in delivery as the flavors pick up some minerals and a bit of spice.

2011 Weingut Basten, Kestener Paulinshofberg, Riesling Kabinett, Mosel – $15
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is 100% Riesling.  There is a lighter nose followed by riper, sweeter fruit in the mouth.  The flavors start with energy on the tongue than soften and broaden in the mouth.  There is a little gritty flavor and integrated acidity.

2009 Rubus, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi – $13
This wine is a blend of 98% Zinfandel and 2% Petit Sirah which was aged for nine months in French and American oak.  The color was garnet.  The flavors are of black cherry with a racy vein, balanced with some focus, plenty of acidity, and wraps up with a spicy note.  Drink over the next several years.

2005 Bodegas Valsacro, Cosecha, Rioja – $15
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo aged in French and American oak.  The color is a medium-dark black cherry with garnet.  There were riper, dark cherry flavors with black fruit and minerals in the finish.  This still seems youthful.

2009 Cave de Tain, Les Haut du Fief, Crozes-Hermitage – $20
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is 100% Syrah.  The nose is darker with a big of roast earth.  In the mouth there are black fruits and roast with a dense personality.  There are powdery, drying tannins which leave a raspy tongue along with a minerally, racy bit.

2010 Domaine du Colombier, Cuvee Gaby, Crozes Hermitage – $30
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from older plots.  The aromatic nose is inviting with fresh and floral aromas.  In the mouth there was red fruit, a racy aspect, plenty of structure which shows tannins in the mouthfeel.  The flavors were a little spicy.  While beautiful to smell this really needs several years in the cellar.

2010 Domaine Grand Veneur, Clos de Sixte, Lirac – $22
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre.  There was richer, ripe red fruit that was focused and framed by plenty of structure.  The flavors are a bit tart, a little spicy, and show some minerals and graphite in the finish.  I would cellar this for several years before drinking.

Fran Kysela and the author

Good Values from France

July 10, 2012 1 comment

I now include the Rhone when I am interested in tasty and affordable white wine. One such example is the 2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, CdR Blanc. At $13 you could buy a case for summer time drinking. It should drink well for a few years so there is no rush to consume it. Looking further south the 2010 Viognier is quite good too, particularly for its stone flavors. I really liked the 2010 Chateau de Saint Cosme, CdR Blanc (reviewed here) but the 2011 was not as exciting.

Although this started as a white Rhone post I just picked up the enjoyable 2010 Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac. I decided to sneak this in as it is a strong and powerful wine which follows the tight 2009 vintage (reviewed here). This wine has good potential but it requires time in the cellar. As Jenn put it, on the second night it drank the way you would want a young wine on the first night. My recommendation is to stock up on the 2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, CdR Blanc and the 2010 Mordoree, La Damse Rousse, Lirac. These wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Blanc, Cotes du Rhone – $13
Imported by Simon N Cellars. This wine is a blend of 50% Viognier, 25% Grenache, and 25% Clairette sourced from 25-year-old vines. The fruit is fermented the aged for six months in stainless steel tanks. The color is a light golden straw. In the mouth there is concentrated ripe yellow fruit with crisp white-apple flavors. There is a really nice mouthfeel with plenty of acidity. The finish is focused with yeast and stone notes. *** Now-2015.

2010 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Viognier, VdP Mediterranee – $11
Imported by Simon N Cellars. There is a burst of bright fruit followed by the textured flavors and pebbly stone notes. The ripeness appears on the sides of the tongue before an apple crispness and a flinty note develops. There is an underlying supple mouthfeel. ** Now-2014.

2011 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Blanc, Cotes du Rhone – $18
Imported by The Country Vintner. This wine is a blend of 30% Roussanne, 30% Picpoul de Pinet, 20% Viognier, and 20% Marsanne. The fruit was fermented in old oak casks then aged on the lees. There color is a light yellow. The light nose makes way to lively white fruit on the tongue, tangy citrus in the middle, and salivating acidity in the finish. ** Now-2015.

2010 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac – $18
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah sourced from 40 year old vines. The color is a medium+ ruby with purple. There is a light and lifted nose of raspberry, black fruit, and a dark note. In the mouth this starts off a touch savory with concentrated fruit which has a floral dimension. With air the beginning becomes mildly creamy. The depth of the fruit is then revealed along with meaty flavors. The finish is perfumed with powdery, drying tannins which are chewy. Be forewarned, this powerful wine that should be aged. **(**) 2017-2025.

Three Selections From the Rhone

January 14, 2012 Leave a comment

These three wines were originally drunk a month or so ago.  I forgot we had tasted Reserve Saint Dominique and Domaine Pelaquie  so I recently purchased them again. Though I try to drink as diversely as possible, I certainly do drink additional bottles which are particularly enjoyable.  My tasting notes are typically revised over two nights so trying another bottle helps account for bottle variations.  I am a big fan of La Bastide Saint Dominique with a particular soft spot for the Cuvee Jules Rochebonne and Les Argiles Rouge but we did not enjoy this 2010 Vacqueyras.  In searching this blog I realize I have not yet posted on the 2007 vintages of Cuvee Jules Rochebonne and Les Argiles Rouge, I will do so this week, I have loved each and every bottle we have drunk.  The 2010 Domaine Pelaquie is a solid buy, there is good vigor for a cold winter’s night but also the ability to develop for a few years.    Having now drunk three selections from Hecht & Bannier from the 2007 vintage, I find that the 2007 Hecht & Bannier, Minervois hits a sweet spot in terms of aroma, flavor, and price.  While the this Languedoc will remind you of sunny southern-France it is best to spend the extra $5 on the Minervois.

2010 Reserve Saint Dominique, Vacqueyras – $18
Imported by Simon “N” Cellars. There is a subtle, youthful nose with underlying hints of blackberries and some sweet, blackcurrant. There are black and red fruit flavors, some creamy character, and  a large amount of fine, very drying tannins.  Lots of acidity. There were some berry and floral flavors in the aftertaste.   Plain and boring on the second night with tart fruit.  In the end, this remained restrained in flavors and heavily tannic.  It certainly needs several years of age.

2010 Domaine Pelaquie, Lirac – $15
Imported by Oslo Enterprise.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Mourvedre sourced from 25-year-old vines.  There is a light grapey nose with delicate berries.  In the mouth the hard red fruit mixes with herbs and gravelly fruits.  There are cranberry notes as acidity comes ou in the back of the mouth.  It wraps up with dusty tannins.  On the second night Jenn found flavors of “black licorice”.  It certainly starts off with riper fruit before taking a wild character with a wee bit of heat in the finish.  Drink now for vigor or cellar for the short-term.

2007 Hecht & Bannier, Languedoc – $12
Imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons.  This wine is 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 10% Carignan.  This was a fresh and sunny wine with grapier red fruit and some minerals.  The flavors turned bluer midpalate as plenty of acidity came out.  This is an easy-going wine.

A Tasting at MacArthurs with Fran Kysela

September 16, 2011 2 comments

This past Saturday I managed to arrive at MacArthur’s in time for their afternoon tasting with Fran Kysela.  He was recently nominated by The Wine Enthusiast magazine for Wine Importer of the year.  Coupled with the fact that Jenn and I drink a lot of the wine he imports, I was particularly excited to attend.  Both Fran and Jeremy Sutton poured wine and chatted about the eclectic range of wine on offer from France, Germany, Australia, and South Africa.  The 11 wines ranged in prices from $11 to $32.  With such diversity there were surely favorites for all who attended.

The Lineup

I spent most of my time chatting with Jeremy, Phil, and eventually meeting Fran.  I was rather enjoying their company, myself, and the wine so I did not bother to take any formal notes.  I should hope that I get to taste wine with them again as they both amiable and there is much I could learn from Fran.  I have already posted notes on two of the selections, tasted at home from full bottles, and will eventually get notes up on some of the other selections.  My overall impression was one of good, fresh aromatics followed by clean, pure fruit flavors.  You may read about my individual impressions below.  I rather liked the Sancerre, went back for more of both Mordoree Liracs, felt the Thorn Clarke Quartage is a great bargain, and would like to restaste the Mullineux again in the near future.

2010 Jean Reverdy, La Reine Blanche, Sancerre
This was enjoyable with its aromatic floral nose and core of sweet fruit.  Not Rated.

2009 Gaudrelle, Clos de Vigneau, Vouvray
This is dry with hints of residual sugar with smooth flavors of stone fruits.  Not Rated.

2010 Bastgen, Riesling, Qba Blauschlefer, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
This was clean, fresh, leaning towards citrus flavors and some minerals.  I only had a tiny sip but this seemed like a solid wine for the price, if not exciting.  Not Rated.

2010 Mordoree, Rose, La Dame Rousse, Tavel
This sports ripe red fruit and has a lovely mouthing coating aftertaste.  Not Rated.

2009 Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac
This had been open for some time and was showing quite well.  You may read my impression of a bottle drunk in May hereNot Rated.

2009 Segries, Clos de l’Hermitage, Cotes du Rhone
This was consistent with an earlier impression of rich blue fruits, youthful tannins, and a contemporary profile.  Earlier this month we drank a bottle and I published a note hereNot Rated.

2009 Cave de Tain, Crozes-Hermitage
The weakest of the reds, reminded me of a light Crozes.  Available for $25 I would spend $3 to purchase the outstanding 2009 Colombier, Cuvee GabyNot Rated.

2009 Mordoree, La Reine des Bois, Lirac
This was lovely and quite approachable.  Richer than La Dame Rousse but with primary red fruit, a creamier texture, and balance.  This will age for some time.  Not Rated.

2008 Thorn Clarke, Shotfire, Quartage, Barossa Valley
This was soft, savory, subtle with dark fruits.  Strong value.  We recently drank a bottle and I will post a note soon.  Not Rated.

2009 Thorn Clarke, Shotfire, Shiraz, Barossa Valley
This showed black fruit, youthful flavors, richer than the Quartage but less evolved.  I preferred the Quartage.  Not Rated.

2008 Mullineux,  Syrah, Swartland
This showed dark fruit, some herbs, plenty of acidity, structure from oak but in a balanced manner.  I was rather surprised and pleased.  Tasted blind I would not have guessed South Africa.  Not Rated.

A Lirac and a Cotes du Roussillon From 2005

West of the Rhone, Freda White

We have drunk a variety of wines from both Clos des Fees and Domaine de la Mordoree.    The Clos des Fees was $14 and the Mordoree was $15 at MacArthur’s dump bin.  If you have current vintages of Clos de Fees Les Sorcieres I would not hesitate to cellar them for several years.  The 2005 is drinking well and far from decline.

2005 Domaine du Clos des Fees, Les Sorcieres, Cotes du Roussillon
This is a blend of 35% Carignan, 35% Grenache, and 30% Syrah.  The Grenache and Carignan are sourced from 40-80 year old vines where as the Syrah stems from young vines.  The wine is aged for eight months in concrete tanks.  This wine has a light nose of red fruit with a distinct note.  The soft flavors of red fruit mix with dusty minerals and roasted earth.  There is a low-level of fine tannins throughout with the entire wine enlivened by good acidity.  The flavors take on a light amount of sweet spices and stones.  This wine has a coarse warmth to it that makes it enjoyable to drink now.  While it will last for several more years I would not hesitate to drink it now.

2005 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac
This cuvee is an even blend of Grenache and Syrah source from vines that are 40 years old.  This wine has a minimal, nondescript nose.  In the mouth the simple purple and blue fruits make way to hard, dusty stones.  There are plenty of tannins that overshadow the fruit.  With air the fruit is complemented by a little spice and some herbs.  There are ample lip-coating tannins in the aftertaste along with red fruit and notes of cedar.  This vintage of La Dame Rousse has never been a personal favorite.

Four Random Tasting Notes

This post covers a mixture of wines that we have drunk this summer. The Terlato-Chapoutier is imported by Bacchus Importers, Ltd. The Man O’ War and Reserve St. Dominique were purchased from MacArthur’s. The Chasseur was purchased on sale at Arrowine.  I only recommend the Reserve St. Dominique.

2009 Terlato-Chapoutier, Shiraz-Viognier, Victoria
This wine is 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier that is fermented in cement or stainless steel.  The wine was aged in micro0-oxygenated tanks for 10-12 months.  The very purple color is of light to medium opacity.  There is a light nose of purple fruits with more toast than the 2009 Remizieres, Crozes-Hermitage.  Though rounder in flavor, it is less complex.  It is more coarse and intentionally structured with dark toast and fine tannins.  I think this wine is improving as the vintages go by but it suffers in comparison to the Remizieres.  ** Now.

2008 Man O’ War, Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
This wine is 42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine was aged on lees for 11 months in Old French and American barrels.  This was a bizarre wine that I kept visiting over three days. There is a dark, black cherry color. The nose has aromas of dark, tight roast and toast from barrels and confected black fruits. In the mouth there are dark fruits with some minerals but again, lots of roast and coffee. There is supportive acidity in the aftertaste and minimal tannins. The nose, mouth, and aftertaste all share the same overt barrel roast, marked coffee, and dark berries. It is a bit overdone in my opinion. * Now.

2007 Reserve Saint Dominique, Lirac
This wine is approximately 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  This is light to medium opacity. There is a light nose of blue fruits. In the mouth there are ample flavors of creamy, primary, blue fruit. It is a modern style of wine with a lifted aftertaste. There are fine+ new tannins.  I would cellar this a few years before drinking.  **(*) 2015-2019.

2006 Chasseur, Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
This wine was aged for 17 months in 60 gallon French oak of which 67% were new.  The light gold color shows promise with its long legs. Then the disappointment hits. The light nose has apple aromas that are slightly yeasty. There are soft flavors in the mouth of creamy oak. This wine tastes expensive but is completely boring. I had Lou taste this on its second night and I believe he agreed that it was not a flawed bottle but an uninteresting one.  *  Now.

2009 Domaine Grand Veneur, Clos de Sixte, Lirac

June 3, 2011 1 comment

I have written about this estate in an earlier post.  The 50 acre Clos de Sixte estate was purchased in 2003.  It lies in AOC Lirac.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre.  The vines are 15-35 years old and located on soils one meter thick with red clay and sand, mixed with pebbles.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats.

Clos de Sixte Vineyard, Image from Grand Veneur

This wine is imported by Kysela Pere et Fils and available from MacArthurs for $25.  We have been drinking the 2004-2007 vintages over the last couple of years.  I have always felt they were easily drunk young but were able to develop for several years.  They have always been available for under $20 so I was a bit shocked to realize I paid $25 for the 2009!!  There appears to additional effort put into the 2009 and the price tag reflects the effort and the impressive 93 points from Robert Parker.  It is worth cellaring to see what happens but I do miss the previous accessibility and lower price.

2009 Domaine Grand Veneur, Clos de Sixte, Lirac
There is a very light nose of nondescript fruits and toast. There are young, purplish flavors, spices, and herbs. This wine is clearly young with good grip and plenty of fine tannins. The purple, spicy fruit is rich and mouthfilling before developing into a lifted aftertaste. This wine is clearly more ambitious than previous vintages.  I would cellar this for several years before trying again.  ***(*) 2015-2022.

2009 Lirac and Tavel from Domaine de la Mordoree

Mordoree, Image from Kysela Pere et Fils

Christopher Delorme’s father was a huntsman so named his estate after the local name for woodcock, MordoreeLa Dame Rousse translates as “The Redheaded Lady” and La Reine de Bois as the “Queen of the Woods.”  This is a relatively young estate created in 1986.  He started with 5 hecateres in Chateauneuf du Pape and has now expanded to 60 hectares in eight districts.  Last year he began the 3-year process for biologic certification.

Geological profile of Lirac, Image from Mordoree

The domaine attemps to be as natural as possible.  To encourage natural bacteria, worms, and insects they incorporate wood and plant debris, and straw.  Nothing is divulged on how the wines are vinified.  It is purposefully kept a secret.

Geological profile of Tavel, Image from Mordoree

The wines of Mordoree are imported by Kysela Pere et Fils and are readily available at Calvert-Woodley and MacArthurs.  The Lirac is $18 and the Tavel is normally $22 but I bought the final bottle from last year’s vintage for $10!  I’ll have to try the current vintage to see if I made a good purchase.  Normally I would not recommend buying a one year old rose but this Tavel is more like a very light red wine.

2009 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Tavel
This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Clairette from 40 year old vines.  The vineyard  soil is comprise of clay and chalk mixed with sand and pebble stones.  The grapes are harvested by hand.  This bottle was drunk over two nights.  It has a very vibrant, cranberry color in the bottle.  It is very, very light with a tinge of garnet.  There is a light+ nose with lots of tight, sharp red aromas, cherries, and minerals.  In the mouth it is a medium-bodied wine with some sweet, creamy red flavors, gobs of minerals, and a bit of heat.  It is definitely robust for a rose.  It drank well over two nights and is certainly a good value at $10.  ** Now.

2009 Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac

2009 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah from 50 year old vines.  The vineyard soil is comprised of clay, chalk with clay, and limestone and sand with pebble stones.  The grapes are harvested by hand.  This is a dark wine.  The nose shows primary, dark red fruit.  In the mouth there are more dark fruits in this dense wine.  It is a modern style, very tight and ungiving.  There are plenty of new tannins.  With several hours of air gritty, purple fruit flavors develop and some inkiness.  This seriously needs to be aged.  For similar cost I prefer the 2009 Bastide St. Dominique, Jules Rochebonne which is showing more complexity in its youth. **(*) 2017-2022.

A Casual Tasting On Our Deck

May 12, 2011 1 comment

Aaron and Lou

This week Lou joined Jenn, Lorelei, and I on our deck for a casaul tasting and a simple dinner of charcuterie, cheeses, sliders, and salads.  We double-decanted the wines and bagged them up right before we started.  The different wines made for a fun evening.  Jenn and I preferred the Mordoree and the Yarden.  I believe Lou preferred the La Garrigue and the Mordoree.  We kept the Yarden and Santa Duc to taste again.  Lou kept the La Garrigue and Mordoree.

2001 Domaine de la Mordoree, Duvee de la Rieine des Bois, Lirac
This wine is 33% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, and 33% Syrah from 30 year old vines (at the time).  The grapes are harvested by hand, spend 30 days fermenting, then 30% is aged in oak barrels and 70% in stainless steel.  This wine has a medium nose of earth and minerals.  With air Jenn noticed a slight pee note but it was not detracting.  I found some grilled bread aromas.  In the mouth there were red fruits, minerals, and a lifted finish.  There are still fine to medium tannins.  This was deeper and richer than the La Garrigue.  *** Now-2017.

Lou visited the Golan Heights Winery and brought this bottle back home.

2003 Golan Heights Winery, Yarden Syrah, Golan Heights
This wine is 100% Syrah from three vineyards, Ortel in northern Golan and Yonatan and Tel Phares in central Golan.  The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.  The ruby-purple color was markedly different than the other wines.  It had a strong Syrah nose that was very fresh and full of piercing aromas.  In the mouth this medium-bodied wine showed creamy flavors, some wood toast, and put on a fair amount of weight with air.  This is a good wine with plenty of life ahead.  *** Now-2017.

2000 Domaine de la Janasse, Chateauneuf du Pape
This  wine looked cloudy and somewhat browned.  It had a muted nose, tasted over the hill, and quickly fell apart.  I bought it know that the wine may have seeped causing the stained label.  When I cut the foil I did not see any seepage.  Clearly it was a bad bottle so we set it aside and I opened the Santa Duc.  Not Rated.

2000 Domaine La Garrigue, Vacqueyras
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault.  The vineyards average 30-40 years of age.  The grapes are harvested by hand and aged in concrete tanks for at least 18 months.  The nose revealed redder fruit with dusty, herbed aromas.  There was a bit of a lipstick component as well.  In the mouth the leaner red fruit was packed with dusty herbs and dry tannins.  This was the most austere of the wines.  ** Now-2017.

1998 Domaine Santa Duc, Prestige des Haut Garrigues, Gigondas
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, and 2% Cinsault.  The Grenache vines are very old. It is aged for two years in tuns and new casks.  This wine was opened as a replacement for the Janasse.  It had a light nose.  In the mouth there were big, rich flavors that stand up to the ample, lip-coating tannins.  With air it put on weight and developed cinnamon-like flavors and a mineraliness.  On the second night, there was still a light nose.  It tasted a little tired with slightly roasted fruits, minerals, cool blue fruit, and some earthy flavors.  There were still minerals and almost overwhelming wood tannins.  **** 2017-2025.