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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.

Update to Post on 2008 Weingut Leth, Roter Veltliner, Hofweingarten

When I first looked into this wine I could not find any information about the Hofweingarten on the Weingut Leth website.  I found some information on the Domaine Select website but I was still curious so I contacted Weingut Leth.  Franz Leth replied earlier this week and kindly included a label image and information about the wine.  This is a selection produced specifically for Domaine Select.  It is made in a manner to “combine perfect fresh and fruity character with creamy texture.”  I have updated the 2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner, Hofweingarten, Lagenreserve, Wagram post.

The Hofweingarten is made from grapes sourced from various loess soils.  Loess is German word meaning “loose” and stems from usage in the Rhine valley.  These are layers of wind-blown silt that are a mixture of loam, sand, and chalk.  They are loosely cemented by calcium carbonate.  These loess layers are up to 20 meters thick in the Wagram area.  This allows the vine roots to reach deep for water and minerals.

Loess Soils, Image from Weingut Leth

It is always a joy to correspond with a winery.  Not only do I get to learn more but I get to conveniently share it.

2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner, Hofweingarten, Lagenreserve, Wagram

July 23, 2011 2 comments

Franz Leth, Image from Weingut Leth

Weingut Leth has been producing wine since the 1960s.  The soils are composed of an incredibly thick layer, up to 20 meters, of loam, sand, and chalk that provide both water and minerals for the vines.  The grapes are sourced from such vineyards as the Schieben, Brunnthal, Floss, Wagramterrassen, and Steinagrund vineyards.

Vineyards Near Fels am Wagram, Image from Weingut Leth

The Hofweingarten is a special wine just for the Domaine Select importer.  The grapes are sourced from various parcels located on Loss which are sandy gravel soils.  These parcesl are located on terraces between 200 and 300 meters.  This 100% Roter Veltiner is produced from vines that are 15-20 years old.  No herbicides have been used for 25 years and the vines are not irrigated.  The grapes are hand harvested then fermented and aged in stainless steel for three to four months.  There were 350 cases produced.

Franz Leth Junior, Image from Weingut Leth

I bought this wine for $16 from MacArthur’s.  I must admit I rarely drink wine from Austria so this was a bit of a wake up call for me.  I recommend this wine and will certainly be picking up other selections so I may explore this region in depth.

 2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner, Hofweingarten, Lagenreserve, Wagram
This wine has a light color of green-yellow.  I drank this bottle over three nights and it held up quite well.  The nose released aromsa of crisp, green apples.  In the mouth this medium-bodied wine show ripe fruits that, again, tilt towards apple flavors.  The acidity comes out in the begining and keeps things lively as stone qualities and sweet fruit develop.  There is a gritty, tannic nature to the finish.  Good robust stuff that shows overall balance!  *** Now.