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Buy the case: 2017 Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois

September 18, 2018 Leave a comment

The 2017 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois is a fine wine to include amongst your weekly rotation.  Like the previous vintage, the 2017 is a bright, honest wine. It is the type of wine we like to drink when we return home late after our daughter’s soccer practice.  Grab a case at MacArthur Beverages.

2017 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois – $13
Imported by Vintage ’59 Imports. This wine is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache, and 6% Syrah. Alcohol 13.5%. Carignan on the nose. In the mouth black fruit and pastilles are immediately evident as is the powdery texture. The flavors become brighter through the finish where tannins and juicy acidity is evident. This medium bodied wine becomes lifted with air, showing deep, red raspberry fruit and citrus over its structure. There is even a touch of blue fruit and fat.  It might open up over the winter. **(*) Now – 2023.

Two old favorites: Caladroy and Coupe-Roses

I have opened up previous vintages of both of these wines to a rather large extent so I am excited to try the latest offerings. The 2015 Chateau du Caladroy, Cuvee Les Schistes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages is a fine value.  It lives up to the name of the cuvee by offering clean black fruit flavors mixed with the notion of stones.  As it is about the fruit and not structure I would drink it within the next few years.  The 2016 Chateau Coupe-Roses, Bastide, Minervois  is a cleaner, not earthy version, of the 2015 vintage.  I admit to missing the deep tone and weight of the previous vintage but at $13 this pure and elegant wine is a good value. These two wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2015 Chateau du Caladroy, Cuvee Les Schistes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages – $15
Imported by Vintage ’59 Imports.  This wine is a blend of  Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvedre largely raised in tank.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The interesting color is a medium black-cherry with hints of purple.  In the mouth are stone notes followed by firm yet juicy flavors of perfumed black fruit.  There is a tart start with watering acidity.  The flavors have some weight which lends suppleness to the all mineral and black fruit.  The finish is a touch dry followed by a sense of ripeness in the ethereal aftertaste.  *** Now – 2020.

2016 Chateau Coupe-Roses, Bastide, Minervois – $13
Imported by Vintage ’59 Imports. This wine is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache, and 6% Syrah. Alcohol 13.5%.  The fresh acidity brings balanced flavors of black fruit and minerals.  What starts as a powdery texture becomes juicy by the middle with a slightly spicy, mineral finish and aftertaste.  The purity of the flavors come out with additional air.  **(*) 2018-2020.

Two Red Wines to Purchase by the Case

November 23, 2016 Leave a comment

It is not too late to purchase wine for this long, holiday weekend.  If you are looking for quantities of excellent wine at an affordable price then look no further than the 2015 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois and  2012 Sella & Mosca,Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva.  They are completely different, yet immensely satisfying wines.  The Coupe Roses has a fruity, tense personality whereas the Sella & Mosca, is more flavorful, weighty, and touch more mature.  I have already purchased the Coupe Roses by the case and plan to do so for the Sella & Mosca.  I recommend you do so as well.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2015 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois – $13
Imported by Vintage ’59.  This wine is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache, and 6% Syrah.  Alcohol 13.5%.  This is an earthy and fruity wine with an attractive deep tone.  It has the right amount of weight and ink.  The very fine structure slowly builds, supporting the ripe fruit which is tense from acidity.  There is really good flavor after one hour.  The earthy note pervades until the mineral, lip-smacking finish.  *** Now – 2018.

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2012 Sella & Mosca,Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This is 100% Cannonau that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  This is a flavorful, weighty wine with lively acidity that cuts through.  There are dry hints of black fruit and a general sense of a warm climate.  This is a wine for drinking now with interesting, dark, dry, spiced flavors throughout.  There is even a little structure in the end.  *** Now.

A wide variety of French wines.

February 9, 2016 Leave a comment

This post features a number of French wines which we have recently drunk.  My favorite pair are the 2013 Ola Raffault, Les Barnabes, Chinon and the 2011 Domaine Cheveau, Or Rouge, Beaujolais Villages.  The Raffault is a finely scented, fresh, satisfying herbaceous wine from Chinon.  I kept finding myself returning to my glass.  The Cheveau has benefited from a few years of age but still retains lovely cool, dense flavors.   The 2013 Alleno & Chapoutier, Cotes du Rhone is also good with its minerally, black flavors but it will greatly benefit from short-term aging. Of the wines for drinking now the 2014 Chateau Coupe Roses, La Bastide, Minervois offers a tart, red grapefruit profile whereas the 2011 Abbaye Sylva Plana, Les Novices, Faugeres offers forward drinking flavors of raspberry candy.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2014 Chateau Coupe Roses, La Bastide, Minervois – $13
Imported by Vintage 59.  This wine is a blend of old-vine Carignan and Grenache.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was of raspberry candy.  In the mouth the tart red and black fruit had a slight hint of red grapefruit.  In general there was a beam of tart and ripe fruit, minimal structure which was integrated, and spices in the end.  The tart aspects matched with the developing bitters flavor.  ** Now – 2017.

2014 Damien Coquelet, Cote du Py, Morgon – $22
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Gamay.  Alcohol.  Tasted over a few days the lovely nose eventually took on graphite notes.  This light, bright wine was pure in nature with a lively start, building dry weight, and an ethereal aftertaste.  It had slightly watering acidity and a dry, structured middle.  The dry flavors existed over a layer of stone and mineral.  I suspect this might open up in a year.  It is best to cellar it instead of giving it extended decant time because it developed a Pilsner beer note.  **(*) 2017-2019.

2013 Alleno & Chapoutier, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Classic Wines.  This wine is mostly Syrah that was fermented and aged on concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The minerally, black fruit flavors left some texture on the gums and juicy acidity on the tongue.  With controlled flavors the gentle ripe spices took on some wood notes and persisted through the aftertaste.  This needs short-term aging.  *** 2017-2020.

2013 Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Tour de Pierres, Pic St Loup – $17
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre.   Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose is attractive with delicate floral and graphite aromas. In the mouth the wine has very high-toned, citric red fruit.  With extended air it seemed to deepen up a bit and not fall into Pilsner yeast land.  ** Now – 2017.

2013 Ola Raffault, Les Barnabes, Chinon – $17
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 12.5%.  This fresh, scented wine is attractively herbaceous.  The flavors continue with herbaceous red and black fruit flavors which are dry.  This flavorful wine is mouthfilling yet medium-bodied with an almost gentle finish.  With air sweet dried herbs come out along with very, very fine tannins.  The acidity is indistinguishably integrated.  *** Now – 2018.

2011 Abbaye Sylva Plana, Les Novices, Faugeres – $18
A Franck’s Signature Wines imported by Promex Wines.  This wine is a blend of 55% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14%.  The forward flavors of raspberry candy are rounded with mouthfilling weight.  With air it takes on some darker notes.  Very much a wine to drink right now. ** Now – 2017.

2011 Domaine Cheveau, Or Rouge, Beaujolais Villages – $18
Imported by Rosenthal.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from vines averaging 50 years of age.   Alcohol 13%.  The nose remained subtle but in the mouth were cool, dense fruit with watery acidity, a fresh middle, and tannins noticeable in the aftertaste.  With air the firm red fruits took on additional flavors of ripe black fruit.  The wine remained a little puckering on the sides of the tongue.  *** Now – 2020.

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Soggy Fall weather requires flavorful wine

December 1, 2015 Leave a comment

We have countered the continual rain and gray clouds by drinking two flavorful bottles of wine.  The 2012 Domaine Le Clos du Serres, Le Clos, Languedoc offers surprisingly round flavors of red fruit and black minerals.  It is a clean, forward wine that will please many.  The 2012 Domaine Jean Baptiste Senat, La Nine, Minervois is darker, earthy, and meaty.  While capable of further development, it has a flavor profile I already find hard to resist.  While I recommend you try both of these wines, I suggest you start with a case of the later!  These wines are available at Weygandt Wines.

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2012 Domaine Le Clos du Serres, Le Clos, Languedoc – $18
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 30% Cinsault.  Alcohol 14%.  The high-toned aromas make way to a similar flavor profile in the mouth but with a surprising round mouthfeel.  The red fruit mixes with slightly watering acidity, and a very moderate structure that takes on some grip and black minerals.  This is a fine, clean wine with lots of forward flavor.  ** Now – 2017.

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2012 Domaine Jean Baptiste Senat, La Nine, Minervois – $20
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, and 25% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The flavors are fresh, yet deep with earthy and other comfortable notes.  The slight prickle on the tongue eventually dissipates leaving a balance of acidity, creamy middle, and textured finish.  This meaty wine should develop over the next few years.  *** Now – 2020.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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+.

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Solid values from the south of France

October 2, 2015 2 comments

I apologize for the long silence.  I was caught down in the rabbit hole of research only to end up with a cold.

The Chateau d’Oupia, Les Heretiques has graced our tables as a house wine many times in the past. The 2014 Chateau d’Oupia, Les Heretiques, VdP d’Herault is the latest vintage which continues to be released at a very low price.  I found it a little soft for my preference but have no fear for only $12 you may purchase the rather good 2013 Chateau d’Oupia, Minervois.  This wine blends vibrant acidity with black fruit, minerals, and even racy hints.  It will drink well for the next couple of years so you can stock up.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2014 Chateau d’Oupia, Les Heretiques, VdP d’Herault – $10
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is made from 100% Carignan sourced from 40+ year old vines. Half the fruit was fermented in barrel and the other half by carbonic maceration.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a soft entry with tart fruit before a lower-acidity profile of mulberry and red fruit became noticeable on the tongue.  It did have a bit of a dry-cola grip and some liveliness.  This might last a bit but really is a daily wine for now.  ** Now.

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2013 Chateau d’Oupia, Minervois – $12
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is a blend of 50% Carignan, 40% Syrah, and 10% Grenache sourced from 50+ year old vines.   Alcohol 13.5%.  This wine started with a bit of vibrant acidity driving the increasingly black and mineral flavors.  There was some midpalate relaxation as the wine took on weight.  With air it showed good focus and even became a touch racy.  *** Now – 2017.

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