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Even more recent drinks

January 11, 2018 Leave a comment

I cannot seem to shake a consistently busy work schedule which eliminates any free time I have.  Hence my sporadic posting.  Of the lot of wines featured in today’s post the 2007 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Reine des Bois, Lirac is my favorite.  I was a bit underwhelmed until several hours in when it completely transformed for the better.  Of the wines which are currently available the 2012 J. M. Rimbert, Carignator is a good value.  It is Carignan so it is a bit firm in a way but the flavors have taken on good bottle age.  The 2016  Viticultores Emilio Ramirez y Envinate, Benje, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Tenerife does not offer up the excitement I experienced with the 2015 vintage.  The profile is still there but this vintage is not as expressive.  I will try another bottle in case there is bottle shock.  Finally, I was underwhelmed by the 2016 Domaine A. Clape, Le Vin des Amis.  A strange evergreen incense marked the wine for days.  Coupled with bitter black fruit it did not become enjoyable until several days in.  I will broach my second bottle several years down the road.

2006 Domaine du Clos des Fees, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Imported by Simon n’ Cellars.  This is a gravelly wine with maturing blue fruit, watering acidity then flavors of garrigue and strawberry liquor candied near the finish.  it develops a spiced berry cote becoming drier towards the end where the strength of the wine shows.  It wraps up dry.  *** Now – 2023.

2007 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Reine des Bois, Lirac
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils. This wine is a blend of 34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, and 33% Mourvedre. Alcohol 14.5%.  There is a maturing core of fruit but there is still plenty of spicy structure surrounding it.  The wine is thick with black fruit and a bit of bitterness towards the end.  After 2-3 hours in the decanter it rounds out and the components come into balance quite well.  There are racy blue flavors, watering acidity, wood box, baking spices, and a luxurious marshmallow body.  **** Now – 2028.

2012 J. M. Rimbert, Carignator – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This is 100% Carignan largely sourced from 70+ year old vines.  It was aged for six months in old neutral barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  A medium opaque, bricking cherry color.  This is a dry, textured wine that is maturing in the bottle.  There are wood notes, a little balsam, and textured tannins left on the gums.  **(*) Now – 2023.

2015 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere, Etna Rosso – $17
Imported by deGrazia Imports. Alcohol 13.5%.  There are lifted aromas of tar.  In the mouth are somewhat black and red fruit, mineral on the sides of the tongue, and minimal fine tannins which give it some grip.  The wine tasted polished, focused, and modern.  With it it becomes more mineral, which is attractive, and takes on a touch of cocoa.  Solid but not moving.  **(*) 2018-2020.

2016  Viticultores Emilio Ramirez y Envinate, Benje, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Tenerife – $22
A Jose Pastor Selections imported by Llaurador Wines.  This is a blend of high-altitude 70-120 year-old Listan Prieto with some Tintilla that was foot trodden, fermented in concrete and tubs with indigenous yeasts then aged 8 months in neutral oak barrels.  Alcohol 12%.  This is a high-toned, bright wine which mixes white pepper and potpourri incense right from the start.  The focused red fruit matched the polished wood note.  There is a very gentle ripeness. **(*) Now – 2021.

2016 Domaine A. Clape, Le Vin des Amis – $32
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a mix of Syrah from near the Rhone and young Cornas.  It was aged for six months in cement and 6 months in foudres. This is a completely opaque, grapey purple color.  Followed over many nights the nose is incensed with primarily evergreen aromas and floral notes.  For the first few days there is a similarly incensed, evergreen flavor to this wine.  It is bitter with very fine structure through the firm, polished, bitter black finish.  The evergreen aspect eventually reduces with the wine showing focused, floral black fruit in the finish.  ** 2021-2026.

Fran Kysela’s Mondovino 2013: Red Wines

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

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Mid-afternoon we switched from the white wines to the red wines.  We decided to taste wines from Burgundy, Rhone, South Africa, and Spain.  The Burgundy table was crowded but we managed to get a spot.  I thought the #114 2011 Ecard a good, affordable Burgundy for the cellar.  But it was the #115 Thierry Mortet that captivated with good depth and attractive flavors, this will reward cellaring.

When it comes to the Rhone the 2011 vintage brings forth plenty of ripe fruit with fine, powerful tannins.  The #178 Colline St. Jean presented the vintage well and right now is grapey, modern, and tight.  The previous vintage #179 2010 Colline St. Jean seemed young as well but a bottle I drank a few days earlier showed some openness with a good Mourvedre component.  We tasted one Northern Rhone wine the #180 2011 Joel Champet which again proves to be very good, old-school Cote-Rotie.  We recently drank the 2010 vintage and if you like that, you will like the 2011.  If you are going to actually drink anything at Mondovino, drink the Joel Champet.  I would love to see more Northern Rhone wines like this at Mondovino 2014!  In moving to the huge lineup of Alaine Jaume/Grand Veneur wines Christophe Jaume commented that the 2011 vintage was ripe, less masculine, with more alcohol, and fresher flavors.  Perhaps this is best characterized by #173 the 2011 Grand Veneur, Vieilles Vignes which dials in at 16.5% alcohol!  It certainly was a mouthful but has interesting flavors and managed some control.  At the more affordable end the #171 Grand Veneur showed well with the #169 2011 Grand Veneur, Clos de Sixte showing the best balance and approachfulness.  All of these wines will benefit from cellaring.

Leaving the French wines we moved over to South Africa.  I though the #265 2010 Mullineux, Syrah an interesting and tasty wine that I should like to revisit.  It is appropriately priced.  It was fun to taste #266 2010 Mullineux Granite and Schist.  Though the fruit for each wine is sourced from a different vineyard they are vinified exactly the same.  The Granite showed good freshness and perfume whereas the Schist was denser.  It would be fun to compare these wines after short-term cellaring.  The #269 Keermont is a savory, dense, masculine version of Syrah.

The #300 2009 Mas Sinen had an interesting nose with weight and roundness to the flavors but also lift.  The #304 2009 Pago de Carraovejas is seductive and as Lou put it, tastes expensive.  It certainly is.  Lastly the #241 2003 Romariz Vintage Port is approachable and rich for only ten years of age.

After four hours of tasting our palates were tired and teeth stained purple.  I think it took 24 hours for my tongue and teeth to feel normal.  My only bit advice for those attending next week is to taste the red Rhones last.  I should also comment that the pour sizes are generous.  There was always enough wine for two or three proper mouthfuls.  It only benefits everyone for you get a better sense of the wine.  It does produce a tremendous volume of wine.  This is handled not by spittoons but 40 gallon garbage cans.  I should like to thank Fran Kysela for his generosity with the wine and food,to Jeremy Sutton for all of his answers, and to both for being supportive of this blog.

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#113 – 2010 Ecard, Pinot Noir, Bourgogne – $20
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir which was fermented in stainless steel, underwent malolactic fermentation then was aged six months in used oak barrels.  The color was a light cherry garnet.  The very light nose was tight with red fruit.  In the mouth there was firm black cherry fruit which became blacker towards the finish where there was citric acidity and a firm finish.

#114 – 2011 Ecard, Savigny le Beaune – $25
This was a rather light cherry grape color.  The light nose was tight but serious.  In the mouth there was firm red cherry and black fruit.  The wine had a stone-like core with fine ripe tannins.  Tight in flavor, young, and in need of cellaring.

#115 – 2010 Domaine Thierry Mortet, Vigne Belle, Gevrey Chambertin – $85
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vines 20-40 years old which was fermented and aged in oak.  The color was a light cherry garnet.  The light nose was good with aromas of red and black fruit which had depth.  The mouth followed the nose but was drier with rather fine, drying tannins, and black acidity.  Young.  Nice.

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#176 – 2011 Chateau de Segries, Cuvee Reservee, Lirac – $23
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Carignan sourced from 40 year old vines.  The color was a medium+ grapey garnet.  The nose was light and tight with firm berry fruit.  The flavors were riper in the mouth with black and red fruit expanding throughout.  The flavors are young with fine, powerful, spicy tannins, and a grapey finish.  The ripeness was controlled by the structure.

#177 – 2011 Henri de Lanzac, Clos de l’Hermitage, Cotes du Rhone – $31
This wine is a blend of 33% Grenache, 33% Syrah, and 33% Mourvedre sourced from 40 year old vines. It was fermented in concrete vats then aged for nine months in 95% used French oak barrels.  The color was a dark grapey, inky color.  The nose was very light and tight with aromas of macerated berries.  The mouth was similar but very ripe with powerful tannins drying everything in sight.  The finish seemed overripe with alcohol poking through.

#178 – 2011 Domaine Colline St. Jean, Vacqueyras – $28
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre aged mostly in cement tank and some barriques.  The color was a medium garnet cherry(?).  The light nose was tight with purple and grapey aromas.  There was good fruit in the mouth, again grapey, with a black graphite finish.  This modern styled wine had very fine, powerful tannins.

#179 – 2010 Domaine Colline St. Jean, Vacqueyras – $28
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre aged mostly in cement tank and some barriques.  The color was a medium garnet cherry.  In the mouth this bottle showed tight with herbs and pencil lead.

#180 – 2011 Domaine Joel Champet, La Vialliere, Cote-Rotie – $50
The color was a medium dark garnet.  The light nose had good fruit, olives, and other interesting aromas.  There was a soft entry to the fruit which had levity and depth.  There were flavors of smoke and bacon, a good mouthfeel, and black acidity.  There were drying, grapey tannins.  Old-school and lovely.

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#164 – 2011 Grand Veneur, Les Champauvins, Cotes du Rhone – $25
This wine is ablend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  The color was a medium grapey garnet.  The nose was light, tight, and young.  In the mouth there was a savory start with a good mouthfeel, ripe fruit, spices, and acidity.  Nice fruit, firm drying tannins, and needs age.

#165 – 2011 Alain Jaume, Grande Garrique, Vacqueyras – $29
This wine is a blend of 60% grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault.  The color was a darker grapey, garnet.  The flavors were very concentrated with savory pencil lead, some subtly, and fine tannins.

#167 – 2010 Alain Jaume, Grande Garrique, Vacqeuyras – $29
This wine is a blend of 60% grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault.  The color was medium purple garnet.  There were black cherry and grapey flavors which were balanced but potent.  The structure kept it in control.

#168 – 2009 Alain Jaume, Terrasses de Montmirail, Gigondas – $33
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.  The nose was light, tight, and earthy.  The flavors were more approachable but lacking a bit of depth.  It left a mouthful of tannins.  Cellar.

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2010 Grand Veneur, Roquedon, Lirac
This was a medium grapey garnet.  The flavors tasted a touch mature in this approachable wine.  There was a brambly nature to the purple, grapey fruit.  Decent wine.

#169 – 2011 Grand Veneur, Clos de Sixte, Lirac – $30
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre.  The nose revealed good purple, grapey fruit.  The flavors were savory then came grapey fruit, a savory middle, and slightly spicy tannins.  Good wine.

#170 – 2010 Alain Jaume, Vieux Terron, Chateauneuf du Pape – $45
This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  The nose was light, tight, and somewhat haunting with more complexity.  In the mouth there was a tangy, citric element to the black fruit.  The flavors were expansive with very fine, powerful tannins, and a young black finish.

#171 – 2011 Grand Veneur, Chateauneuf du Pape – $53
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from 70 year old vines.  The color was a medium to dark purple garnet.  The nose was light and grapey.  There was a seductive start, savory fruit, and low lying, good weight.  Vintage perfume came out in the in the finish.  Well done, nice wine.

#172 – 2011 Grand Veneur, Les Origines, Chateauneuf du Pape – $70
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre sourced from 70 year old vines.  The color was a medium+ purple garnet.  The light nose was ripe and dense.  In the mouth there was very ripe, soft fruit, some heat, spicy tannins, and lots of power.

#173 – 2011 Grand Veneur, Vieilles Vignes, Chateauneuf du Pape – $121
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah sourced from 50-100+ year old vines. It was aged for 18 months in oak barrels. Alcohol 16.5%.  the color was a medium+ dark garnet purple.  In the mouth the fine flavors were almost racy with vanilla, weight, a young aspect, minerals in the core.  It showed more control than Les Origines.   One to watch.

Nicola Tipping of Mullineux

Nicola Tipping of Mullineux

#265 – 2010 Mullineux, Syrah – $33
This wine is 100% Syrah fermented with indigenous yeasts. It underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 11 months in 15% new French oak barrels and foudres.  The color was a medium+ garnet.  In the mouth salty, savory, good fruit was dense with smokey notes.  The flavors became lighter and thinner in the middle but took up on glycerine.  The finish was fresh.  Interesting.

#266 – 2010 Mullineux, Granite, Syrah, Swartland – $95.50
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from a 17 year old vineyard on soils of sandy granite with a thick layer of clay. The fruit was not destemmed and it was aged in 50% new oak.  Much better than the first bottle.  Though just opened the nose was lifted and perfume.  There was a lightness and savory character with a smoke note and lipstick/perfume.  Well done.

#266 – 2010 Mullineux, Schist, Syrah, Swartland – $95.50
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from a 15 year old vineyard. The fruit was not destemmed and it was aged in 50% new oak.  A good nose with herbs.  Dense in the mouth, purple, and very balanced all around.

#269 – 2010 Keermont, Syrah, Stellenbosch – $40
This wine is 100% Syrah.  The color was very dark.  The nose was tight with grapey fruit.  In the mouth this wine was savory and dense with controlled ripeness.  There was good fruit to this masculine wine.  Nice wine.

#268 – 2009 Keermont, Red Blend, Stellenbosch – $40
This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 5% Petit Verdot. It was aged for 24 months in used oak.  Just opened.  The color was a very dark grapey garnet.  The nose was light, tight, and Claret like.  The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon came through with good expansion.  The fruit was light but powerful, perhaps a note of stems.  Young and should develop.

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#300 – 2009 Mas Sinen, Petit Mas Sinen, Piorat – $39
This wine underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel then was aged for six months in oak barrels.  This was a very dark grapey purple garnet.  The light nose was of lavendar and dark fruit.  The flavors were roundish in the mouth but not heavy.  It took on flavors of Sweet Tarts with weight and lift before the fine, drying tannins in the finish.  Young.

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#304 – 2009 Pago de Carraovejas, El Anejon de la Cuesta de las Liebres, Ribera del Duero – $136
This wine is a blend of 93% Tinto Fion, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Merlot.  This was very dark.  The nose was of dark grapes, roast, and other interesting aromas.  In the mouth there was silky fruit, density, and a savory note but the acidity keeps it alive.  There was a little toast in the spicy finish.  Seductive.

#303 – 2010 Pago de Carraovejas, Crianza, Ribera del Duero – $58
This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot which was aged for 12 months in new and used American and French oak barrels.  This was very dark as well.  The nose was a touch fruitier.  This was a lighter version with a good lifted middle, good flavors but a touch hotter.

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#241 – 2003 Romariz, Vintage Port – $64
This was a very dark garnet cherry.  The nose was grapey with dried fruit and raisins.  In the mouth there was ripe fruit, spices, good residual sugar, and a wood box finish.  Though young for a Vintage Port it is quite approachable.

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#250 – 2005 Riebeek, Cape Vintage – $48
This wine is a blend of Touriga National, Pontac, and Shiraz. Alcohol 18.5%.  The nose had a touch of overripe fruit.  There was a rather sweet start with raisins and ultimately too soft for the acidity.  Solid.

The author and Lou at the end of the tasting.

The author and Lou at the end of the tasting.

The 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: Rhone and Languedoc

I love the wines of the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon so I eagerly started in on this part of the portfolio tasting.  My two favorite wines were easily the 2009 Jamet, Cote-Rotie and the 2010 Les Cailloux, Centenniere, Chateauneuf du Pape.  The Jamet was a complete and self-confident wine, absolutely beautiful.  The Les Cailloux was at the other end of the spectrum with power and concentration to its incredible array of flavors, yet it was not overwhelming.  At the more affordable end of things you cannot go wrong with any of the four wines from Chateau d’Or et de Gueules for they will make you and your friends smile.

Michel & Stephane Ogier

The Le Temps Este Venue is well-done for a Cotes du Rhone Villages.  In general I felt the 2010 wines showed well with the 2009 quite tight.

2010 Ogier, Condrieu
The fourth vintage of this 100% Viognier wine is produced from a one hectare vineyard.  The light nose was similar to the mouth with its flavors of young, white peach supported by fresh acidity.  There was some structure and a touch of ripeness.

2010 Ogier, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Le Temps Est Venue
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from the Plan de Dieu.  The nose was perfumed with violets and blacker fruit.  In the mouth the ripe fruit was chewy with fine, chewy tannins.  Young and good.

2010 Ogier, VdP Collines Rhodaniennes, La Rosine
This wine is 100% Syrah aged for 14 months in 10% new oak casks.  The nose was very perfumed.  In the mouth the flavors were restrained with the perfume note following through.  A tighter wine with black fruit in the aftertaste along with fine+ tannins.

2009 Ogier, Saint-Joseph
This played it tight.  Black and red fruit with a subtle roundness, drying perfumed tannins.  I had a hard time reading this wine.

2009 Ogier, Cote-Rotie
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from three hectares of vineyards.  This had a subtle ripe nose.  In the mouth there was good perfumed red fruit showing presence and pleasing mouthfeel.

Chateau d’Or et de Gueules

All four of these wines were great fun to taste for they are engaging and satisfying to drink with their juicy fruit.  I do like old-vine Carignan for I find a unique perfume in the flavors that is so appealing.  But I must admit a preference for the old-vine Mourvedre.

Diane de Puymorin, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Les Cimels
This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Carignan, and 10% Grenache which was aged in cement tank for two years.  There was a good fruity nose with perfume and delicate aromas.  In the mouth the initial flavors were ripe and powdery as old-school perfume came out with drying tannins.  This has a nice personality.  Drink over the short-term.

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Trassegum
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Carignan, and 25% Mourvedre which was aged for one year in French barrels and one year in tank.  The perfumed nose was a touch darker.  Again there is a good ripe start then racy black fruit with pleasing mouthfeel.  The flavors mixed with spicy, tannins and chewy, lovely flavors throughout.  Will age for five to ten years but fun to drink now.

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Que’es Aquo
This wine is 100% Carignan sourced from 80-year-old vines which was aged for six months in three-year old barrels.  The light+ nose bore beautiful perfume.  In the mouth the focused black and red fruit mixed with a haunting old perfume and a touch spicy tannin.  There is gentleness to this wine.  I would drink this over the short-term.

2008 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, La Bolida
This wine is a blend of 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache which was aged for 18 months in French oak.  the Mourvedre is sourced from 90-year-old vines.  The Mourvedre nose stood out with its perfumed red fruit which mixed with an old style grapefruit note (Kirsch).  The mouth followed with racy flavors, good concentration, rustic, almost hot, chewy, powerful coating tannins.  Strapping, drink over the next decade.

Domaine Jamet

It took one smell of my glass of 2009 Cote-Rotie to know I needed to drink and not spit this wine.  It was engaging, complex, and complete.  It caused me to focus and ignore all that was around.

2010 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc
This wine is a blend of 60% Marsanne 30% Viognier, and 10% Rousanne.  There was a subtle nose.  In the mouth the flavors were mouthfilling with a soft, slightly tart profile, a snappy apple-like focus, and touch of spice in the finish.

2009 Domaine Jamet, Cote-Rotie
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 25-50 year old vines then aged for almost two years in mostly casks of which 25% is new.  The lovely nose was effortless in its depth.  In the mouth this beautiful wine had great texture, red perfumed fruit, integrated acidity, a little pencil note, quiet concentration, and was simply easy to drink.  Arresting.

Domaine Les Cailloux

This was an enjoyable trio of wines.  I rather liked the Blanc.  The regular Chateauneuf du Pape is powerful stuff but the Centenniere manages to harness the power and deliver a confident variety of flavors.

2011 Domaine Les Cailloux, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
This wine is a blend of 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Clairette which was aged 4-6 months in vat.  There was a good nose of perfumed mixed berries.  In the mouth there was lots of focus and verve to the ripe fruit which bore rather appealing spice with an easy to drink personality.

2010 Domaine Les Cailloux, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, and 3% other grapes sourced from vines averaging 60 years of age.  Aging is for 15-20 months with the Grenache in foudres and used barrels with the Syrah and Mourvedre in demi-muids.  The Mourvedre in the wine jumped out of the nose.  In the mouth the flavors were ripe and lively on the tongue, mouthfilling, chewy, spicy, with power and concentration.  It was quite expansive in the mouth.  The tannins were strong but integrated.  Big stuff, cellar for five years then drink over the next 15 years.

2010 Domaine Les Cailloux, Centenniere, Chateauneuf du Pape
This wine is roughly a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Syrah sourced from 100+ year old vines.  Produced only in good years the Grenache is aged in tank with the Syrah and Mourvedre in used barrels.  The nose was tight but in the mouth there were very pure flavors delivered with power and raciness throughout.  The amazing fruit was black and perfumed, with lovely flavors, minerals sweeter towards the finish, and an enjoyable spicy Mourvedre note.  There was a long-lasting aftertaste.  This should last for a few decades!

Lou Taking Notes

Domaine Andre Brunel

2010 Andre Brunel, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah.  The lighter textured nose made was to decent, powdery red fruit in the mouth.  Approachable now and should provide early drinking.

Domaine Font de Michelle

2011 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, and 5% Bourboulenc sourced from 40-year-old vines.  It was aged 6-8 months in stainless steel tank and new oak barrels.  The nose had leaner, brighter fruit.  In the mouth the flavors started with brightness then rounded out with creamy apple note, tartness, and some wood.

2010 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, Terret Noir, and Muscardin aged in foudre and barriques before tank.  This had a light, simpler nose of red, grapey fruit.  In the mouth the red fruit had some depth, a little muscle, but was overall light in personality.

Domaine Santa Duc

I am a big fan of Domaine Santa Duc so it was good fun to taste through a range from the 2009 vintage.  In general these were tight, muscular wines with a fair dose of tannins.  You should cellar all of these.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone, Vieilles Vignes
This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan sourced from roughly 50 year old vines.  It was aged on the lees in vats.  There was a Mourvedre like nose.  In the mouth the tight stony fruit started off spicy with lots of structure and fine tannins.  Everything is in balance but this needs several years of age.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone, Les Quatre Terres
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Carignan and Cinsault sourced from Vacqueryas, Roaix, Seguret, and Rasteau.  The nose was still tight with aromas of brambly fruit.  In the mouth there was ripe, stoney, structured fruit which was a touch spicy with black fruit in the finish.  The drying tannins were citrus-like.  This really needs some age for the tannins to resolve.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, Les Blovac
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from the old vine parcel of Les Blovac.  The nose was a touch more tooty-fruity with its red aromas. In the mouth the flavors taste traditional with red fruit, structure, good acidity, and a hint of Mourvedre personality.  I would cellar this for three years.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Vacqueyras, Les Aubres
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from Les Aubes and La Ponche.  It was aged on the lees for 18 months in cask.  This wine had lurking power with its brambly fruit.  There was good restraint, tight structure, tasty flavors, and fine drying citrus-like tannins before the perfumed aftertaste.  I would cellar this three to five years.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas, Les Garancieres
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from old vines.  It was aged half in old wooden vats and half on the lees in tank.  The nose was a bit earthy as it stood out.  In the mouth the muscular red fruit existed in a muscular frame but still managed delicate red notes.  There were very fine powerful tannins.  I would try this again after five years.