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2007s From La Bastide Saint Dominique

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

As promised we tasted the 2007 La Bastide Saint Dominique Les Argiles Rouge and Cuvee Jules Rochebonne over the weekend.  Always well-priced, these two cuvees work well as daily or weekly selections.  I find they are approachable from release and last for several years.  The Les Argiles Rouge is more forward whereas the Cuvee Jules Rochebonne reveals old-school flavors from the greater percentage of Syrah.  These wines were purchased from MacArthurs.

2007 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Les Argiles Rouge, Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Simon “N” Cellars.  This sports a grittier nose than the Cuvee Jules Rochebonne.  The flamboyant beginning shows up-front sweet, ripe fruit.  The flavors turn towards black fruits in the finish as a grainy texture comes out.  On the second night, the finely textured fruit develops spices and the slightest hint of stones.  A good drink.

2007 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Cuvee Jules Rochebonne, Cotes du Rhone – $18
Imported by Simon “N” Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache with the Syrah sourced from the best parcels in Champovin and Bois Lauzan.  The wine is aged 18 months in oak barrels for the Syrah and vat for the Grenache.  The nose reveals mixed berries.  In the mouth the flavors are youthful, focused and while not particularly complex they show great depth.  The flavors are ripe in the middle with subtle spice notes.  The long aftertaste builds with time.  Will develop over the short-term.