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Four French Wines From the 2010 Vintage

Despite the portfolio tastings and various events I am still tasting wines at home.  Of the four wines featured below I would recommend the first three.  The 2010 J.L. Chave, Silene is enjoyable and approachable now but I have a sneaking s suspicion it might become even better in one or two years.  The 2010 Rouge-Bleu, Dentelle is fun to drink immediately after opening but its structure does come out leading me to believe it will be best early next year.  It is amusing to recently purchase both the 2006 and 2010 vintages of the Santa Duc, Les Vieilles Vignes.  Drink the 2006 while the 2010 opens up over the short-term.  Lastly, the 2010 Marjolet, Cuvee Tradition had some good fruit but could never shake the very firm structure nor the bits of heat, both of which I found distracting.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 J.L. Chave Selections, Silene, Crozes-Hermitage – $20
Imported by Erin Cannon Imports.  This wine is 100% Syrah from hillside parcels on granite with 50% sourced from a young parcel planted in 2003.  It wasf fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 18 months in oak casks.  Alcohol 13%.  The scented nose is of good, clean Northern Rhone fruit.  In the mouth there were orange and red fruit, graphite, and tangy red fruit.  There were some very fine, strong tannins in this younger but still approachable wine.  With air the midpalate becomes lush and citric mineral flavors come out.  *** Now-2017.

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2010 Domaine Rouge-Bleu, Dentelle, VdP de Mediterranee – $16
Imported by Williams Corner Wines.  This wine is a blend of 65% Carignan sourced from 57-year-old vines and 45% Grenache sourced from 35-year-old vines.  It was whole-cluster fermented in small concrete tanks.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light to medium grapey ruby.  The youthful nose is of young berries and purple fruit.  The wine was fruitier on the first night with violets mixing with black and purple fruit.  There was a firm, grapey blackness, grapey tannins, and good acidity.  Dried herbs came out in the finish where there was firm structure followed by some perfume in the aftertaste.  It throws a lot of sediment.  *** 2014-2019.

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2010 Domaine Santa Duc, Les Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone – $13
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan from vines averaging 50 years of age.  The fruit was destemmed then aged on the lees in vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was light with pungent berries underlaid by ripe, grainy blue fruit aromas.  The mouth follows the nose with dense fruit, ripe tannins and an almost chewy nature.  The flavors are expansive in the mouth with ripe tannins and spices coating the lips and tongue.  With air red fruit and a darker core come out.  **(*) 2014-2018.

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2010 Chateau de Marjolet, Cuvee Tradition, Cotes du Rhone Villages Laudun – $13
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah which was aged for 12 months in thermo-regulated tanks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  Tasted over several nights this wine offers firm, black, minerally fruit followed by focused ripeness.  It remained coiled tight and young with some heat and firm tannins coming out with air.  There are very fine, spicy, drying tannins in the aftertaste.  ** 2016-2021.

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Good Values from France

July 10, 2012 1 comment

I now include the Rhone when I am interested in tasty and affordable white wine. One such example is the 2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, CdR Blanc. At $13 you could buy a case for summer time drinking. It should drink well for a few years so there is no rush to consume it. Looking further south the 2010 Viognier is quite good too, particularly for its stone flavors. I really liked the 2010 Chateau de Saint Cosme, CdR Blanc (reviewed here) but the 2011 was not as exciting.

Although this started as a white Rhone post I just picked up the enjoyable 2010 Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac. I decided to sneak this in as it is a strong and powerful wine which follows the tight 2009 vintage (reviewed here). This wine has good potential but it requires time in the cellar. As Jenn put it, on the second night it drank the way you would want a young wine on the first night. My recommendation is to stock up on the 2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, CdR Blanc and the 2010 Mordoree, La Damse Rousse, Lirac. These wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Blanc, Cotes du Rhone – $13
Imported by Simon N Cellars. This wine is a blend of 50% Viognier, 25% Grenache, and 25% Clairette sourced from 25-year-old vines. The fruit is fermented the aged for six months in stainless steel tanks. The color is a light golden straw. In the mouth there is concentrated ripe yellow fruit with crisp white-apple flavors. There is a really nice mouthfeel with plenty of acidity. The finish is focused with yeast and stone notes. *** Now-2015.

2010 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Viognier, VdP Mediterranee – $11
Imported by Simon N Cellars. There is a burst of bright fruit followed by the textured flavors and pebbly stone notes. The ripeness appears on the sides of the tongue before an apple crispness and a flinty note develops. There is an underlying supple mouthfeel. ** Now-2014.

2011 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Blanc, Cotes du Rhone – $18
Imported by The Country Vintner. This wine is a blend of 30% Roussanne, 30% Picpoul de Pinet, 20% Viognier, and 20% Marsanne. The fruit was fermented in old oak casks then aged on the lees. There color is a light yellow. The light nose makes way to lively white fruit on the tongue, tangy citrus in the middle, and salivating acidity in the finish. ** Now-2015.

2010 Domaine de la Mordoree, La Dame Rousse, Lirac – $18
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah sourced from 40 year old vines. The color is a medium+ ruby with purple. There is a light and lifted nose of raspberry, black fruit, and a dark note. In the mouth this starts off a touch savory with concentrated fruit which has a floral dimension. With air the beginning becomes mildly creamy. The depth of the fruit is then revealed along with meaty flavors. The finish is perfumed with powdery, drying tannins which are chewy. Be forewarned, this powerful wine that should be aged. **(**) 2017-2025.

Two Satisfying and Affordable Wines

My favorite inexpensive wines often come from Europe.  These two wines are no exception.  The La Bastide Saint Dominique is a Grenache-lovers wine that may be drunk with abandon right now.  Rich in fruit it is appealing all by itself.  The Tenute Rubino sports good, drier fruit with a bit more structure.  While I grabbed the last bottle of the La Bastide Saint Dominique the Tenute Rubino is still available at MacArthur Beverages.  I would not hesitate to purchase by the case for there is stuffing to age over the short-term.

2009 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Grenache, Vieilles Vignes, VdP de Mediterranee – $11
Imported by Simon N’ Cellars.  This wine is 100% Grenache which was fermented in stainless steel then aged 12-18 months.  There was a dark savory quality to this wine.  The blue fruit mixes with soft inky black and blue fruit, some minerals, and ripe tannins in this gentle mouthfilling wine.  With air the fruit becomes brambly with some tartness, a good inky note, and sweet spices. This wine is easy to drink.  ** Now-2017.

2008 Tenute Rubino, Marmorelle, Salento IGT – $12
Imported by International Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 85% Negroamaro and 15% Malvasia Nera sourced from 14-year-old vines in Brindisi.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel, undergoes malolactic fermentation, then is aged 2-3 months in stainless steel.  Drunk over two nights the light nose reveals black cherry and blueberry.  In the mouth the flavors begin with black cherry before a black core of fruit mixes with ripe tannins.  There is juicy and tart acidity which matches an initial tart flavor then there are touches of spice in the finish.  This is a good, solid, satisfying wine.  ** Now-2017.