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There is great depth in the 2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Family Reserve Grenache

July 9, 2015 1 comment

In taking a break from posts about very mature wines I decided to write about a wine that offers up fruit in spades.  The 2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Family Reserve Grenache, Seguret represents my first experience with the Family Reserve selections.  The very first sip offers impressive levels of flavor and depth, so much so that you might mistake this for some special cuvee from Chateauneuf du Pape.  Power and alcohol level alone do not make a wine.  With air this savory wine revealed weighty, deep flavors and good minerality.  I recommend cellaring this wine for half a year then drink it in its exuberant youth. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Family Reserve Grenache, Seguret – $40
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from 60 year old vines on sandstone soils on steep slopes that was macerated in open demi-muids followed by 10 months aging in demi-muids and oak barrels.  Alcohol 15.5%.  There were powerful flavors of clean, ripe, black fruit that exhibited lots of extract.  With air this savory wine became a touch salty and thought tightly wound, it still offered creamy, weighty flavors with plenty of depth.  There was just a touch of heat in the intensely mineral finish.  **** 2016-2020.

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The mineral flavored 2012 vintage from Domaine de Mourchon

December 15, 2014 Leave a comment

This latest pair of 2012 releases from Domaine de Mourchon offer mineral flavored fun.  The entry-level 2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Cotes du Rhone is a serious, lightly structured wine that should develop over the winter.   I would drink this after the daffodils and tulips bloom.  The 2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret steps things up with oodles of controlled fruit.  The wine is attractive right now but the supporting structure is strong, suggesting this wine will benefit from a few years of aging.   These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Cotes du Rhone – $13
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah sourced from 40 year old vines that was aged in concrete vats.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There were younger, linear flavors of tight ripe black fruit and minerals.  With air a balance of red and black fruit came out.  The flavors became dry by the finish where the drying, powdery structure was evident.  ** Now-2016.

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2012 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret – $25
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah Syrah from vines averaging 60 years of age that was aged in 60% concrete vats and 40% oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There were attractive, compact blue fruit flavors to start then controlled, oodles of fruit and ripe spiced tannins.  The structure was not obtrusive but was strong and more evident on the second night.  The good fruit flavors eventually took on black mineral notes  *** Now-2022.

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Recent Rosé

I clearly love drinking red wine so when the weather warms up I have an affinity for rosé over white wine.  I prefer an inexpensive wine with red fruit, crispness, and some juicy acidity.  In this vein you cannot go wrong with the 2013 Mas Des Bressades, Cuvee Tradition Rosé, Costeries de Nimes or the 2013 Domaine de Mourchon, Loubié Rosé, Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret. I prefer to begin my evening with a glass while I prepare dinner or clean some dishes.  So I was shocked by the intense acidity of the 2013 Bernard Baudry, Chinon Rosé.  In fact it was so powerful I literally could not take more than one sip.  Far more preferable was the 2013 Domaine Breton, La Ritounelle, Bourgueil Rosé Sec which was more thought provoking than thirst-quenching.  Priced at the highest-end of the range is the 2013 Robert Sinsky Vineyards, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Carneros.  The color was matched by delicate floral aromas and flavors.  It is an attractive rosé but bear in mind you may purchase both the Brassdes and Mourchon for the cost of one bottle.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 Mas Des Bressades, Cuvee Tradition Rosé, Costeries de Nimes – $12
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault.  Alcohol 13.5%.  A vibrant cran-cherry color.  There were cherries and fruity raspberry candy on the nose.  In the mouth were firm, hard cherry fruit which had a touch of ripeness.  This ripeness was delicate, mixing with perfumed flavors, and fresh texture in the finish.  With air the wine became slightly rounder with supporting acidity and pastille flavors in the aftertaste.  Satisfying.  ** Now-2015.

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2013 Domaine de Mourchon, Loubié Rosé, Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret – $13
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah sourced from 40 year old vines.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The flavors of firm cherry and strawberry mix with good acidity.  ** Now-2015.

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2013 Bernard Baudry, Chinon Rosé – $19
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol 12.5%.  The citric red fruit is immediately followed by a tremendous amount of quality acidity.  Literally impossible to drink on its own until the fifth night.  This clearly needs food and is not my style.  * Now.

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2013 Domaine Breton, La Ritounelle, Bourgueil Rosé Sec – $23
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc.   Alcohol 12%.  There were tart red fruit flavors that were drier.  Combined with the juicy acidity this wine had a lot of presence.  Though the flavors were lighter there was a sense of strength before the stone notes in the firm finish.  ** Now-2016.

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2013 Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Carneros – $27
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir.  Alcohol 13.1%.  The color was of pale dried roses.  The nose revealed delicate floral aromas.  In the mouth were floral fruit flavors and acidity at the back of the throat.  There was a little grip to these delicate flavors followed by a firm finish.  Drank well over several nights.  ** Now-2016.

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A Trio of Recent Rhones

Just a short post for today focusing in on three Rhone wines.  The 2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Les Argiles Rouges offers up gobs of flavor in a forward, immediately accessible style.  It is much different from the 2010 vintage (please see my post Affordable 2010 Ventoux and Cotes du Rhone Which Will Develop).  The 2010 Domaine de Mourchon, Tradition is more approachable than the 2009 vintage was in its youth (please see my post Three New Wines From Mourchon).  This vintage manages to have everything characteristic of a young Cotes du Rhone which may be drunk now or with short-term age.  Lastly, the 2009 Arnoux & Fils, Seigneur de Lauris is back in stock and is still the clean, modern wine which I last tasted almost two years ago (please see my post 2009 Arnoux & Fils, Seigneur de Lauris, Vacqueyras ) It should have  broad appeal.  My personal recommendation is to buy a bunch of the Mourchon. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Les Argiles Rouges, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Simon N’Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Carignan, and 10% Syrah.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed grainy, raisin berries, along with blue and black berry jam.  In the mouth there were forward ripe and sweet flavors of jam and blue fruit before a black, minerally middle.  There was a smooth texture in the mouth with the acidity there and minimal tannins.  The jammy flavors made way to a racy finish.  ** Now-2016.

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2010 Domaine de Mourchon, Tradition, Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret – $17
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Carignan sourced from 40-year-old vines which was aged in concrete.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The light nose was mixed with pepper and grapey aromas.  In the mouth there were good, young flavors which opened up within one hour.  There were some firm black fruit, tannins, and graphite minerals.  The acidity  mixed with black fruit.  There was a slightly, youthful greenhouse note as fine, drying tannins eventually coated the lips.  *** Now-2018.

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2009 Arnoux & Fils, Seigneur de Lauris, Vacqueyras – $18
Imported by Monsieur Touton.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from vines that are 50+ years old.  It is aged for six to twelve months in foudres and 33% new oak.  Alcohol 14%.  The color was a light to medium cherry.  The rather light nose was grapey with some black fruit.  In the mouth there was focused, red cherry fruit which was all balanced with the acidity and tannins, as well as being polished.  The flavors were clean.  There was some weight, a little ripe tannins, and red and black fruit with air.  It was a little grapey in the finish.  I would never guess this modern wine to be from Vacqueyras.  **(*) Now-2018.

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Three New Wines from Mourchon

February 23, 2012 1 comment

I must admit this past week has been quite exciting. Between recommending ten 2009 Petit Bordeaux for MacArthur Beverages, attending the 2010 Vintage tasting of the German Wine Society, the De Maison Selections Mini-Portfolio tasting, and Fran Kysela’s Mondovino I have been able to spend a lot of time posting about these great experiences. Without the kindness and encouragement from several people in the business this all would not have been possible. Lou and I constantly taste through a wide variety of wines but there is only so much we can afford. These larger tastings are great for our experience and for meeting other people. There are many portfolio tastings this spring so I will maintain a list of confirmed events in the right-hand column.

Domaine de Mourchon is a house favorite. Throughout the year we frequently drink the Tradition and Grande Reserve. During the warmer months we are consistently pulling corks of the Loubie Rose. In reviewing my Mourchon tasting notes you will find several notes for the Grande Reserve and only one for the Tradition. The truth is that we have drunk barrels full of Tradition and Loubie over the years for they are satisfying wines which I just want to drink instead of taking the time to write notes. The three selections featured in this post recently arrived at MacArthur Beverages. The Cotes du Rhone is a solid, serious wine at a price point which may be drunk without guilt over the next several years. The Tradition and Grande Reserve are more interesting but these cuvees require several years of age.

2010 Domaine de Mourchon, Cotes du Rhone – $10
Imported by MacArthur Beverages. This entry-level wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah sourced from 40-year-old vines. It was aged in concrete vats. The light nose has youthful aromas and a buttery component. In the mouth the red, buttery fruit develops a bit of lift in the finish. There is plenty of acidity mixed with grapey tannins to provide balance in this moderate weight wine. Drink now after a few hours of air or over the short-term. ** Now-2015.

2009 Domaine de Mourchon, Tradition, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Seguret – $15
Imported by MacArthur Beverages. This is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Carignan sourced from 40-year-old vines. It was aged in concrete vats. The light nose starts off with red fruit and pepper before developing aromas of light herbs and blue fruits. In the mouth the fruit exists in a dense package with acidity and drying grapey tannins, structured for development. With air, black fruits and pencil notes develop midpalate with good dusty, dark flavors in the finish. This is showing more restraint than the 2007. **(*) 2015-2019.

2010 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Seguret – $25
Imported by MacArthur Beverages. This is a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah sourced from 60-year-old vines. For aging 60% spent time in concrete vats and 40% in oak barrels. The red fruit is more complex in the mouth with tart and subtle citrus note. The red grapefruit highlights quickly move to fine, coating and drying tannins. The tasty red fruit is balanced by plenty of acidity which offsets the fine, drying tannins. While this is a tasty wine it is still playing it tight. *** 2017-2022.

2004 Mourchon, Grande Reserve and 2005 Grand Veneur, Les Champauvins

September 16, 2011 2 comments

These two bottles were purchased this summer at MacArthur’s after they completed their annual inventory.  I always make sure to peruse their online inventory for bargains.  Having drunk other vintages there was no thought required to purchase the 2004 Mourchon, Grande Reserve for $17 and the 2005 Grand Veneur, Les Champauvins for $13.  The Mourchon was imported by MacArthurs and the Grand Veneur was imported by Kysela Pere & Fils.  We drank several bottles of the Grand Veneur that showed some bottle variation.  At best this is a wonderful drink and an absolute steal at the price.  The good wines of Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages really do age for five to ten years.  Make sure you squirrel away the 2009s and 2010s that are currently available.

2004 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This bottle was interesting.  It was still youthful with light tannins throughout.  The fruit started out with puckering red flavors that changed to blue fruits with spicy notes before the finish.  The texture was gritty.  With air, incense developed along with buttered pumpkin notes.  Jenn noted a “Pilsner beer aftertaste” that mixed with the smoke flavor.  This does not have the power nor the tannins of the other vintages.   You may find my post on the 2005-2007 vintages here. *** Now-2015.

2005 Domaine Grand Veneur, Les Champauvins, Cotes du Rhone
This was drunk over two nights.  On the second night there were flavors of blue fruits, stones, some roasted earth, and a little wood.  This was not lush but structured in a pleasing manner.  The aftertaste left impressions of dusty herbs.  I would drink this over the next several years.  You may find my post on the 2009 here. *** Now-2015.

2005-2007 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages

June 24, 2011 1 comment

Seguret, Image by Gilles (flickr)

Jenn and I have been drinking the wines of Domaine de Mourchon for a while. We typically drink the tasty and well-priced Tradition throughout the year. In the warmer months we drink the Loubie rose.  We have not drunk a Grande Reserve in some time so I thought it would be fun to try three vintages side by side.  The wines of this estate are imported by and available at MacArthur’s.  The 2005 and 2006 vintages are $20 and the 2007 is $25.

Domaine de Mourchon, Image by Karen Apricot (flickr)

All three wines were opened at the same time and tasted over two nights.  While the Tradition can benefit from short term aging it is more approachable in youth than the Grande Reserve.  All three of the wines tasted need a few more years of age before they will hit their stride.  You cannot go wrong with any of the vintages.  While the 2007 has more of everything, including complexity, it may not be your preference.  If you prefer richer styles then go for the 2007 or the 2006.  If you prefer a structured style then grab the 2005.

Domaine de Mourchon Vines in the Winter, Image by Guy Butters (flickr)

Domaine de Mourchon is a relatively young estate that was established in 1998 by the Scottish McKinlay family.  They purchased 17 hectares of 55-year-old vines and in 2003 they purchased seven additional hectares.  The vineyards lie on a terraced hill at 300 meters.  The vines are 60 years old and located on soil that is a mixture of clay, limestone and grey sandstone.  The Grande Reserve is a blend of 55-65% Grenache and 35-45% Syrah.  For aging, 40% rests in oak barrels and 60% in concrete vats.

2005 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This wine has a grittier, structured nose. There are hard flavors of cherry mixed in with some minerals and blue fruits. It has the lightest body. The finish reveals perfume essence before the aftertaste brings out fine+ grapey tannins and a little sweet spice.  *** 2015-2019.

2006 Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This wine has a lighter, fruity nose. It was shutdown on the first night. On the second night it had the most approachable flavors. They were rounder black fruit flavors and a fuller body marked by sweet spiced mixed with tannins. The tannins are finer and more aggressive. This wine also shows more alcohol, maybe it is the extra 0.5%.  *** 2015-2022.

2007Domaine de Mourchon, Grande Reserve, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This wine has a nose of raspberries, Kirsch, and spices. The flavors are mouthfilling though this medium-bodied wine has less body than the 2006. On the first night there are some hard, blue fruits and nice minerals. On the second night the soft flavors are supported by acidity. These flavors developed into perfumed, inky fruits, with ethereal blue fruits and perfume that coats the mouth. There is a long, minerally finish.  *** 2015-2022.

Two Wines From Mourchon, 01 April 2009

Tasted 01 April 2009.  Both of these Mourchon’s are lovely and of strong value. The Grande Reserve will age longer and achieve greater heights than the Tradition. While both can be drunk now, I’d cellar the Tradition a little bit longer and tuck into some of the Grande Reserve.

2006 Domaine Mourchon, Cuvee Grande Reserve, Seguret, CdRV – $21
This is a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah, from 60-year-old vines that has approximately 40% of the Syrah aged in oak barrels for 9 months and the rest in concrete vats. In the glass it is a medium opaque purple-ruby with a dark core. It has a light nose of delicate, interesting aromas of dark red fruit. It has sweeter, weightier dark cherry fruit that powers through and expands midpalate. There are lots of fine, puckering tannins in the finish and aftertaste.

2006 Domaine Mourchon, Cuvee Tradition, Seguret, CdRV – $15
This is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Carignan, from 40-year-old vines that are aged for 18 months in concrete vats. It is a light+ purple-ruby in the glass. There is a light nose of rough-hewn aromas of red/blue fruit, dust, and grit. Dusty red fruit is delivered in a muscular package with acidity coming out midpalate causing the fruit to glide through the tannins. The tannins are light+, slowly building into a medium-textured, mouth puckering finish. There are dark-red fruits in the aftertaste. A savory, almost salty quality develops with air. It drinks well on the second night.