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A trio of 2016 from Domaine des Pasquiers

Rhone wines often form the backbone of our weekly drinking for which I will soon adopt the three selections featured in this post.  These wines are imported by Phil Bernstein which explains why you may find such good natured wines at such a reasonable cost.  New to the Pasquiers lineup in Washington, DC, is the 2016 Domaine des Pasquiers, VdP de Vaucluse.   Right now it is a youthful wine, with juicy acidity, and will make for great mid-week drinking over the next few years.  A real wine for only $11.  The 2016 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu proves why I love Plan de Dieu.  There is a lot of personality here.  Of complete surprise is the quality of the 2016 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet.  It is deep and luxurious.  I find it hard to believe that it is priced the same as the Plan de Dieu.  I recommend you try all three wines which you may find at MacArthur Beverages.

2016 Domaine des Pasquiers, VdP de Vaucluse – $11
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  Alcohol 14%.  Youthful with grapey tannins which cling to the gums leaving a ripe texture.  Combined with juicy acidity this purple and blue flavors wine will develop over the next few years.  **(*) Now – 2021.

2016 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  Alcohol 14.5%.  Young with scrappy acidity, there are finer tannins structuring the wine for certain development.  There is, however, good tension between the acidity and the flavor.  The depth of the flavor stands up to the structure with a good mineral vein providing further satisfaction.  It has an enjoyably rugged nature right now.  *** Now – 2025.

2016 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  Alcohol 14.5%.  Deep, grapey flavors combined with black fruit greet from the beginning.  There is a ripe, floral touch and fine, yet ripe textured density to this wine.  With air it takes on a luxurious creamy flavor and savory saltiness.  It over delivers for the price point.  ***(*) Now – 2025.

A good value for short-term aging: 2015 Pasquiers, CdRV Sablet

September 21, 2017 Leave a comment

The 2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet  has improved in the nearly half-year since I first tasted it.  The flavors are opening up in the mouth yet there is still that ruggedness which should fade off with another year or so of age. I think that the amount of flavor and ability to age come at a low price.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet – $16
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with a fair dose of Syrah and some Mourvedre all from vines averaging 40 years of age.  The wine was aged for 12 months in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose is a bit tight right now revealing red and black fruited aromas.  In the mouth are very ripe, black fruit flavors that are underpinned by minerals.  As the wine progress towards the finish it picks up blacker fruit and becomes drier.  The flavors persist in the long aftertaste.  A bit rugged at this point but this will fade with age.  *** Now – 2025.

Just imported: Two wines from Domaine des Pasquiers

June 2, 2015 1 comment

Earlier this year Phil Bernstein tasted the wines of Domaine des Pasquiers at the Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône.  This annual event is spread over four days to give attendees a chance to taste the wines from over 600 Rhone wineries and negociants.  It was from this large field that Phil decided to import the wines of Domaine des Pasquiers.  The container of wine arrived a week ago so I grabbed the two bottlings from the store.

The Lambert family has been tending vines of Domaine des Pasquiers since 1935.  Today, the two brothers, Jean-Claude and Philippe Lambert, tend 87 hectares of organic vineyards in Sablet, Plan de Dieu, and Gigondas.  The brothers aim for a gentle touch through partial destemming followed by a short period in vat.  This goal clearly comes through for the nose is aromatic and the palate is fresh.  This freshness does not forsake a favorite characteristics I enjoy from the Rhone, the ability to age.  In fact, I recommend that you cellar these selections for one year before trying them.  However, if you are curious and who would not be at these prices, then double-decant them several hours ahead of time.  You will find their distinct profile deserves a place in your cellar.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone – $12
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah sourced from vines located near Sablet.Alcohol 14%.  There was a lively, youthful nose.  In the mouth were slightly savory and dense flavors of racy, black fruit that builds strength through the finish.  The structure is strong with very fine tannins.  The racy bit returns in the finish.  The wine is more approachable with air but it still packs in the structure.  ** 2016-2020.

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2012 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cuvee Prestige “Prebayon”, Sablet, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre sourced mostly from vines 50+years of age which was aged for 12 months in vat.  Alcohol 14%.  There was a richer nose of blue fruit, tar, and perhaps coconut.  In the mouth the blue and black fruit sported good minerality with a very fine structure.  The wine has a balanced firmness that will allow for short-term development.  The structure dries on the gums and builds throughout the wine such that the wine tasted markedly better on the second night.  With air the black fruit and graphite minerality mix with watering acidity in this very focused wine.  **(*) 2016-2025.

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2003 Domaine de Piaugier, Reserve de Maude

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

This bottle from Domaine de Piaugier was imported by Simon’n’Cellars and recently purchased for $25 at MacArthurs.  Current vintages are imported by DS Trading Company.  After trying the 2009 La Grange de Piaugier and the 2005 Tenebi I was curious to revisit the 2003 Reserve de Maude.  Sophie Autran has once again been kind in answering my questions and providing a picture of the Syrah grapes used in the Reserve de Maude.

Syrah Grapes, Image from Domaine de Piaugier

The Reserve de Maude was first produced in 1998 at the insistence of the Belgian importer Marcel Michel of La Caviniere.  This cuvee was envisioned as a 100% Syrah wine aged in new oak.  The fruit is sourced from 30+ year old vines planted by Jean-Marc’s father in the later 1970s.  The sandy soils are good for low-yields and concentration.  The grapes are hand harvested, spend one month in tank then, for this vintage, aged for two winters in new oak barriques.  The wine is only produced when the Syrah grapes have good concentration and high acidity.  We last drank a bottle of the 2003 Reserve de Maude almost four years ago.  You may read my previous tasting note here.  Starting with the 2007 vintage the wine is aged in new demi-muids (600 L) which are larger than the barriques (225 L) previously used.  Sophie reports that the results are positive with a better connection between the wine and wood.  I look forward to trying these new vintages!

2003 Domaine de Piaugier, Reserve de Maude, Sablet, Cotes do Rhone Villages
The nose of red fruit revealed hints of pencil.  In the mouth there were pure red berry flavors with prominent acidity.  The flavors turned tart and cranberry-like in the midpalate before ample, fine, dusty tannins came out.  With air the fruit became lifted with a finely textured nature.  Jenn enjoyed that it was “a bit salty” and the dark-red core.  The original fruity, floral and spice notes are making way to a second stage.  There is plenty of life ahead and I believe it needs more time to become fully mature.  It still has pure fruit flavors and good texture. **(*) Now-2017.

Two From Cotes du Rhone Villages and One From Wagram

October 24, 2011 1 comment

I periodically take a look through my tasting notes to find wines that I have accidentally skipped over.  I came across these three wines which were tasted during August and September.  We have drunk several bottles of the Domaine Andezon since its release.  While it is not my type of Rhone wine, it offers good value and will certainly please dinner guests.  The Domaine Piaugier is pure Counoise which makes it interesting because this is typically blended into wine.  Tablas Creek finds that Counoise balances the strong tannins of Syrah but in this wine the tannins overpower the fruit.  For this reason I would pass on this wine.   After enjoying the 2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner I tried the affordable Gruner Veltliner.  While the Gruner is a good wine I would recommend spending the extra $2 to purchase the Roter.

These wines were purchased at MacArthurs.  The Domaine Andezon is available for $16 and the Weingut Leth is available for $14.  The Piaugier cost $15-$20 but is no longer available.

2007 Domaine Andezon, Granacha Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Signargues
This wine is 100% Grenache produced from 80+ year old vines.  The wine is aged for eight months with 50% in used barrels and 50% in tank.  It was bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without sulphur.  This wine has candy like flavors.  The blue fruit is complemented by sweet spice with lifted perfume throughout. It is medium bodied with rich flavors, some lipstick notes but the fruit is a bit too candy-like for me.  I would never guess this is from the Rhone. ** Now-2017.

2005 Domaine de Piaugier, Tenebi, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Sablet
This wine is 100% Counoise sourced from 55-year-old vines.  This wine is aged for two winters in one to four-year old oak barriques.  On the second night the fruit is better developed but there are still ample, super fine tannins.  This wine has very clean red fruit flavors with some hints of Strawberry sweetness and tart notes.  On the third day the fruit puts on an enjoyable powdery quality.  But in the end, the power of the tannins far outstrip the fruit. * Now-2017.

2010 Weingut Leth Fels, Gruner Veltliner, Steinagrund, Lagenreserve, Wagram
This wine lasted well over three days.  There is a crisp, light nose of white fruits.  In the mouth this bright wine has apple-like fruit that is crisp with acidity and a tart in flavor.  This assertive wine has a nice texture and mixes in pleasing minerals.  It is a good wine but I prefer their Roter Veltliner. ** Now.

Two Wines from Domaine Piaugier, 31 January 2008

January 31, 2008 1 comment

These two selections were purchased from MacArthurs.

2005 Domaine de Piaugier, Cuvee Tenebi, Sablet – $18
Jean-Marc Autran produced his first wine in 1985.  He currently produces Cotes du Rhone, Sablet, and Gigondas. This a 100% Counoise from 40-year-old vines that is matured in barrel for 1-2 years. It is named after the family’s original property. It looks like there are a few other 100% Counoise floating out there (Tablas Creek, McCrea) but this is my first experience.  Bright red fruits on the nose and raspberry colored in the glass.  Red raspberry fruit, prominent fine tannins, strong acidity, some dustiness provide for a vibrant wine.

2003 Domaine de Piaugier, Reserve de Maude, Sablet – $25
This is 100% Syrah. A bit more ruby in the glasses compared to the Tenebi. Darker fruit, raspberry, with some spices on the nose. A sweeter, floral nose develops with air yielding a rather nice nose. Bright, focused raspberry fruit, up front acidity, significant but very fine tannins followed by a long, fruity finish.  Definitely young.