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Producer Wine Vintage Rating Stock Price p/b
Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2010 RP 87-89 - S/O

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Rouge

The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage revealed lots of minerality, excellent concentration of red and black currants as well as cedar, licorice and black olive characteristics, and medium to full body. It should turn out to be a crisp, elegant Crozes with a Burgundian sensibility.

Producer:  Alain Graillot

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Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2011 - 55 R 255.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Rouge

Producer:  Alain Graillot

None

Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Rouge La Guiraude 2011 - - S/O

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Rouge La Guiraude

Producer:  Alain Graillot

None

Alain Jaume Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail 2010 RP 91+ - S/O

Wine:  Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail

The cooler climate, fresh 2010 Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail possesses abundant blueberry, red and black currant, crushed rock and floral notes. Both of these wines should last for 10-12+ years given the concentration and freshness of the vintage.

Producer:  Alain Jaume

None

Alain Jaume Rasteau Les Valats 2010 RP 87+ 17 R 165.00

Wine:  Rasteau Les Valats

The masculine, rustic-styled 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau Les Valats exhibits a more earthy, chocolaty, roasted, spicy, peppery character

Producer:  Alain Jaume

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Alain Jaume Vacqueyas Grande Garrigue 2010 RP 92 - S/O

Wine:  Vacqueyas Grande Garrigue

Under their negociant line of wines (called Alain Jaume), the 2010 Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue is a classic Vacqueyras with lots of dense, concentrated, black cherry and plum fruit intermixed with hints of garrigue and licorice, a full-bodied mouthfeel.

Producer:  Alain Jaume

None

Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Fontaines 2010 RP 100 6 R 2,950.00

Wine:  Cornas Vieilles Fontaines

One of the superstars of Cornas is Domaine Alain Voge. In the top vintages, three cuvees are made, but in most years only two are produced, Vieilles Vignes and Les Chailles, from Voge’s 15 plus acres of Syrah planted on the decomposed granite slopes of Cornas. He also produces small quantities of St.-Joseph and as many as four cuvees of white wine from St.-Peray, including a sparkling white. The family has 10 acres of vines in this appellation, planted with 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne. Voge is also a leader in producing serious white wines from the up-and-coming micro-appellation of St.-Peray. I did not taste the sparkling white Voge and his brilliant assistant, Albert Mazoyer produce, but readers seeking a top white wine need look no further than Voge’s Fleur de Crussol. The real glories at Voge are his extraordinary offerings from Cornas. The three 2010 Cornas represent the pinnacle of Voge’s winemaking. They are the finest wines I have yet tasted from this estate (and I’ve been tasting their wines since the late seventies).

Producer:  Alain Voge

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Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes 2010 RP 99 5 R 1,950.00

Wine:  Cornas Vieilles Vignes

The 2010 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has off-the-charts richness as well as an extraordinarily precise nose of blackberry and blueberry jam intermixed with cassis, charcoal, lead pencil shavings, pen ink and acacia flowers. A wine of exceptional intensity with a multidimensional mouthfeel and a 55-second finish, this quintessential Cornas should drink well for 20-30 years.

Producer:  Alain Voge

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Andre Perret Condrieu 2010 RP 91 4 R 395.00

Wine:  Condrieu

Not surprisingly (given this high quality vintage in Condrieu), the three 2010 Condrieus are all spectacular. The 2010 Condrieu exhibits lovely lychee nut, honeysuckle, apricot and orange rind notes, medium to full body, good minerality, terrific acidity and a luscious finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret Condrieu 2011 RP 93 9 R 495.00

Wine:  Condrieu

The 2011 Condrieu offers beautiful aromas of honeysuckle and Mandarin oranges, a medium to full-bodied style, good acidity, super intensity and lovely minerality and elegance. Drink this gorgeous 2011 over the next 3-4 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret Condrieu Coteau de Chery 2011 RP 96 12 R 625.00

Wine:  Condrieu Coteau de Chery

As usual, a prodigious effort, the 2011 Condrieu Coteaux du Chery comes from one of the appellation’s great terroirs. It offers an intense, expansive perfume of honeysuckle, tangerine, lychee nut, white peach and spring flower notes, followed by an elegant, full-bodied white. In each vintage, this cuvee is consistently one of the top three or four wines made in Condrieu. Enjoy the 2011 over the next 3-5 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret St Joseph 2011 RP 90 19 R 295.00

Wine:  St Joseph

A brilliant, seductive, gorgeous offering is the 2011 St.-Joseph. Its deep ruby color is accompanied by plenty of strawberry, crushed rock and spring flower notes intermixed with a mineral component. A luscious texture as well as a forward, evolved style suggest consumption over the next 4-5 years is warranted.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret St Joseph Grisieres 2011 RP 90 9 R 375.00

Wine:  St Joseph Grisieres

The top cuvee, the outstanding 2011 St.-Joseph Les Grisieres exhibits gorgeously pure notes of black currants, black cherries, raspberries, spice box and spring flowers. This spicy, medium ruby-colored effort is reminiscent of a grand cru Burgundy. Seductive, luscious, supple and front end-loaded, it should drink well for 5-6 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

None

Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 2008 JR 18 - S/O

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

Dark crimson. Really round and rich and spicy/herby. Pretty damned subtle. Very much more perfumed, subtle and gentle than original vintages. Lots of tannin on the finish. Pretty impressive!

Drinking period: 2013 - 2025

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Bernadine 2010 RP 89-91 18 R 425.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Bernadine

A very strong effort in a low yielding year, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine exhibits classic notes of black cherries, raspberries, damp earth, underbrush and forest floor in its full-bodied, elegant personality. It has slightly more acidity than normal as well as wonderful freshness and depth. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Condrieu Coteaux de Chery 2011 RP 97 - S/O

Wine:  Condrieu Coteaux de Chery

I was blown away by the 2011 Condrieu Coteaux du Chery! One of the top Condrieu I was able to taste during my more than two weeks spent working in the region, it boasts spectacular, exotic notes of ginger, apricot, tangerine and white flowers to go with a full-scaled, seriously fruited, yet ethereal and elegant feel on the palate. Tasting like the essence of Condrieu, it too is blockbuster stuff that I wish every reader could taste.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2008 JR 17+ 1 R 850.00

Wine:  Cote Rotie La Mordoree

Sweet and rich and very scented. Perfumed and polished. Could perhaps do with very slightly brighter fruit. Just a little bit tepid somehow. 'We were last to pick in Côte Rôtie' (and it tastes like it). Michel Chapoutier is reminded a lot of 1991.

Drinking period: 2013 - 2019

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2010 RP 93+ 7 R 1,150.00

Wine:  Cote Rotie La Mordoree

There are 440 cases of the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mordoree. While it is a very strong effort, I would rank it a point or two below the 2009, which I believe is the finest La Mordoree since the awesome 1991. It offers an impressive dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of bacon fat, black olives, black currants, raspberries, earth and forest floor. Ripe and medium-bodied with light to moderate tannin, it is somewhat closed at present, and will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring. It should keep for 20-25 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Alleno Rouge 2011 RP 88-90 85 R 145.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Alleno Rouge

A sleeper of the vintage is the old vine Syrah cuvee, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone. It possesses plenty of blackberry, meaty, peppery, smoky notes that provide immediate appeal as well as gratification. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2011 RP 88 On Request R 135.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc

Another Grenache Blanc offering with slightly more weight than La Ciboise is the medium-bodied 2011 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc. It exhibits notes of quince and honeyed grapefruit in a fresh, lively, unoaked style.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2012 - 31 S/O

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc

One of our best selling wines. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc are blended without Malolactic fermentation to make a fruity yet mineral offering

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Rouge 2011 RP 88 - S/O

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Rouge

The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche exhibits classic framboise notes, a light, vibrant, florescent pink color, excellent texture and a dry finish

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Rouge 2012 - 1 S/O

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Rouge

Mostly Grenache with a drop of Syrah. This unoaked beauty is rather rich and profound and interestingly ages well for up to 5 years

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers 2009 - 2 R 210.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers 2011 - 54 R 210.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2010 RP 96-98 - S/O

Wine:  Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

The 2010 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc, which comes from a warmer site, displays more tropical fruit, with loads of red currants intermixed with mango, orange marmalade, and exotic Asian scents. Dense, full-bodied, intense and rich, this is the most voluptuous and opulent of the blockbuster selections parcellaires whites of 2010. It should drink well for 30-35 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Oree Blanc 2008 RP 94 - S/O

Wine:  Ermitage Le Oree Blanc

Slightly better is the 600-case cuvee of 2008 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree. This brilliant white Hermitage from the top of the granite dome of this appellation offers notes of roasted hazelnuts, nectarine oil, citrus, quince and crushed rocks. Astonishingly full-bodied and rich, particularly in view of the vintage conditions, it is exceeded in quality ever so slightly by the two white Hermitages that follow.

Drinking period: 2010 - 2016

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2006 RP 96 - S/O

Wine:  Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

There are nearly 1,200 cases of the 2006 Ermitage Le Pavillon. Since Michel Chapoutier released his first full vintage, 1989, of this single vineyard Hermitage, it has been one of the great wines of both France and the world. The 1989 and 1990 remain very young wines (I had them over the holiday break and was amazed by their still youthful personalities.). The inky/purple-hued 2006 exhibits a gorgeous perfume of crushed rocks, white flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, graphite, and a subtle touch of oak. Exceptionally full-bodied, multilayered in concentration, extraordinarily pure, and long, this is a prodigious young Hermitage that should be at its finest between 2018-2050+.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2009 RP 98+ - S/O

Wine:  Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

Conservatively, the 2009 Ermitage l’Ermite (702 cases) needs 25-30 years of cellaring. Another monumental effort from Michel Chapoutier, it possesses copious notes of smoky asphalt, black truffles, pen ink, graphite and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of flowers and crushed rocks. Extremely full-bodied with abundant sweet tannins, amazing penetration on the palate and a long finish, this historic effort should age effortlessly for 50-100+ years. 3 ha, 100% Syrah. The plot is situated at the top of the Hermitage Hill, around the chapel. The elevated position of the vineyard, over 200 m, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season. The soil of loess provides excellent drainage for rainwater. Vines are over 80 years old and are planted on granitic poor soils. L’Ermite traditionally produces the most elegant and aromatic Ermitage. Another wine that begs for 15-20 years of bottle age is the 2009 Ermitage l’Ermite. Pure powdered rock notes intermixed with cassis, scorched earth, flowers and barbecue smoke are all present in this wine along with magnificent intensity, texture and length. All three of these wines have skyscraper-like textures and amazing purity, richness and depth. It is hard to believe any other producer could eclipse what this trilogy represents in quality, longevity and winemaking statesmanship. One has to admire Michel Chapoutier for producing wines that are not meant for immediate gratification or for turning the heads of consumers right out of the bottle. These wines are meant to help establish his legacy long after most of us have disappeared. Charges Apply, Landing May 2012

Drinking period: 2018 - 2045

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Gigondas 2011 WA 87 On Request R 295.00

Wine:  Gigondas

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge 2009 RP 90 18 R 695.00

Wine:  Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge

For starters, there are 1,627 cases of the 2009 Ermitage Monier de la Sizeranne. Lots of peppery, meaty notes are found in this dense purple-colored 2009 along with sweet tannin, a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel and outstanding purity. Three to five years of cellaring will be beneficial, and the wine should keep for two decades.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Granilites Rouge 2010 RP 90 62 R 295.00

Wine:  St Joseph Granilites Rouge

The 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granilites exhibits lots of pepper, raspberry, cherry and wet rock notes along with a perfumed, luscious mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and seductive, it is best drunk over the next 4-5 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2008 RP 92 - S/O

Wine:  St Joseph Les Granits Blanc

100% Marsanne on granite @ 15 hl/ha.The light gold-colored 2008 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc possesses classic Mandarin orange and crushed rock-like notes, medium to full body, fresh acids and a long finish. This evolved beauty is one of the vintage’s striking successes. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Drinking period: 2011 - 2013

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Peray Blanc 2010 RP 90 26 R 160.00

Wine:  St Peray Blanc

The 2010 St.-Peray is crisp, with notes of chalk, crushed rocks, white flowers, orange rind and quince in a fresh, medium-bodied, almost Chablis-like, steely nakedness. With very good acidity and loads of character, it should drink well for another 3-4 years, perhaps even longer

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rose 2008 - 3 R 110.00

Wine:  Tavel Beaurevoir Rose

Grenache. SOIL - The soil is made up of chalky gravels and red clays. The vinification is performed in the traditional way. The maceration lasts between 24 and 36 hours and is followed by bleeding (this is the separation between the free-run juice and the solid parts).

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rose 2011 - 35 R 160.00

Wine:  Tavel Beaurevoir Rose

Grenache. SOIL - The soil is made up of chalky gravels and red clays. The vinification is performed in the traditional way. The maceration lasts between 24 and 36 hours and is followed by bleeding (this is the separation between the free-run juice and the solid parts).

Producer:  Chapoutier

None

Chateau Grillet Condrieu 2007 - 2 R 1,450.00

Wine:  Condrieu

Producer:  Chateau Grillet

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Chateau Pesquie Le Paradou Grenache 2012 WA 90 292 R 95.00

Wine:  Le Paradou Grenache

The 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Le Paradou is an awesome value! Made from 100% Grenache (75-year-old vines) and aged 7 months in concrete tank, it offers up a naked expression of Grenache with meaty black cherry, pepper, dried Provencal herbs and earth all soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, brilliantly pure and fresh, it has enough tannin to allow it to evolve gracefully for 3-4 years. It’s a knockout value and this crowd-pleaser should not be missed!

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

None

Chateau Pesquie Quintessence Ventoux 2011 WA 92 - S/O

Wine:  Quintessence Ventoux

Also superb, the 2011 Cotes du Ventoux La Quintessence comes from terraced hillside vineyards located in the northern part of the appellation. Made from 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, and aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak, it sports a perfumed, spice-driven profile with raspberry ganache, red licorice, wild herbs and pepper-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Balanced, fresh and elegant, with medium to full-bodied richness, knockout texture and chewy tannin, it should shine for 5-7 years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2012 WA 92 - S/O

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux

In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. Buy this thrill ride of a Cotes du Ventoux by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

None

Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux Blanc 2012 WA 89 - S/O

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux Blanc

The 2012 VDF Cuvee des Terrasses Blanc (which is bottled as a Vin de France) is comprised of 70% Viognier, 15% Roussanne and 15% Clairette that comes all from limestone soils. Aged all in cement tank and stainless steel, this juicy, medium-bodied and straight up delicious effort has notions of lavender, apricot, honey blossom and poached pear all emerging from the glass. Enjoy it over the coming couple of years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

None

Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux Magnum 2012 WA 92 3 R 275.00

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux Magnum

In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. Buy this thrill ride of a Cotes du Ventoux by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

None

Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux Rose 2013 - - S/O

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux Rose

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

None

Domaine Clape Cornas 2011 RP 94-97 10 R 900.00

Wine:  Cornas

The flagship wine, the 2011 Cornas exhibits classic notes of blackberries, cassis, camphor, incense, violets and hints of forest floor as well as steak tartare, a sensational texture, a full-bodied opulence, and terrific richness. This remarkable Cornas can be drunk early or cellared for 15-20 years.

Producer:  Domaine Clape

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Domaine Clape Cornas Renainssance 2011 RP 92-94 12 R 600.00

Wine:  Cornas Renainssance

The 2011 Cornas Renaissance displays extraordinary purity and opulence along with notes of grilled meats, bouquet garni, blueberries, blackberries, cassis and spring flowers. The tannins are sweet and the wine is fleshy. No new oak is ever used at Clape, and the wines are aged in old, various sized barrels as well as larger foudres.

Producer:  Domaine Clape

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape 2008 RP 89 6 R 475.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape

The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out to be one of the better wines of the vintage. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a medium-bodied wine exhibiting spicy, roasted herb, pepper, black currant and cherry notes offered in a fruity, up-front, delicious style. It should drink nicely for 7-9 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts-lieux 2010 RP 93 1 R 1,015.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts-lieux

There are only 6,000 bottles of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux, which comes from pure limestone soils. It boasts an impressive purple color in addition to lots of mineral-laced, crushed rock, blueberry, boysenberry and raspberry notes. The stunning purity, full-bodied mouthfeel and voluptuous, long finish make for a potentially legendary Chateauneuf du Pape.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources 2010 RP 96 48 R 730.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources

The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources comes from the estate’s vineyards planted in sandy soils. About 10,000 bottles have been produced. One of the great wines of the vintage, this unbelievable Chateauneuf is still extremely young and primary. Its opaque purple color is followed by scents of ink, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries. While full-bodied, extremely concentrated and massive, the wine is totally harmonious with beautifully integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol. Give this 2010 five more years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20-25 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2010 RP 99 8 R 3,250.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve

There are 500 cases of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. At 16.4% natural alcohol, the pleasure police will no doubt suggest this wine is hot and out of balance. However, nothing could be further from the truth as there is not a trace of heat in this modern day legend in traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Yields were under 20 hectoliters per hectare, and the vines utilized for the Reserve were planted in 1904. Virtually all Grenache with the balance probably including Syrah and Mourvedre, this is a field blend. An inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. There is a sappy precision to its formidably endowed, massive mouthfeel. Sadly, this profound Chateauneuf du Pape is nearly impossible to find. It should evolve easily for 20-25 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin 2010 RP 90 17 R 175.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin

There is also a 2010 Clavin B, Dauman’s white Cotes du Rhone, which goes through full malolactic fermentation, and is bottled unfiltered. It is made mostly from Clairette, with a touch of Grenache blanc. This wine is better than 75% of the white Chateauneuf du Papes, but unfortunately there are only 300 or so cases. A serious wine with a light gold color might raise a few eyebrows, but the wonderfully fresh, honeyed marmalade and orange rind notes intermixed with some quince and rose petals are followed by delicious fruit, medium to full body, and surprising complexity and intensity. Drink it over the next several years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin 2012 WA 89 30 R 235.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin

Looking at the 2012s, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Clavin Blanc is a blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette and the rest Marsanne and Viognier. Going completely through malolactic fermentation, it offers rich, textured notes of honeysuckle, buttered citrus and white flowers to go with a rich, yet beautifully fresh feel on the palate. Rock solid and versatile, it should be purchased by the case and enjoyed over the coming couple of years. Drink 2014-2016.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Rouge Clavin 2011 RP 88-90 255 R 235.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhone Rouge Clavin

Under the estate name Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone Clavin, from a lieu-dit of the same name, is composed of 80% Grenache and the rest a field blend of other authorized varieties. Rich, full-bodied and dense, this Cotes du Rhone transcends its humble pedigree year in and year out. The 2011 should drink well for 5-6 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Gourt de Mautens Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2007 - 4 R 495.00

Wine:  Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages

This is one of the sensational estates in Rasteau, with proprietor Jerome Bressy farming just over 20 acres of vines. Organic farming and the naturally low yields of his old vines (8-15 hectoliters per hectare) result in wines of extraordinary concentration and intensity. The general blend on his Rasteau is 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan.

Producer:  Gourt de Mautens

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Gourt de Mautens Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2008 - 22 R 495.00

Wine:  Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages

This is one of the sensational estates in Rasteau, with proprietor Jerome Bressy farming just over 20 acres of vines. Organic farming and the naturally low yields of his old vines (8-15 hectoliters per hectare) result in wines of extraordinary concentration and intensity. The general blend on his Rasteau is 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan.

Producer:  Gourt de Mautens

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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape 2010 RP 93 - S/O

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape

The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre) is an opaque purple-colored beauty revealing lots of creme de cassis, black raspberry, licorice and camphor notes. Sexy and full-throttle as well as supple and more evolved than many 2010 Chateauneufs, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-12 years.

Producer:  Grand Veneur

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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011 - 15 R 350.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

a blend of 50% Clairette, 30% Roussanne and 20% Grenache blanc aged in stainless steel

Producer:  Grand Veneur

None

Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Fontaine Blanc 2009 RP 94 - S/O

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Fontaine Blanc

The 100% Roussanne cuvee, the expensive but very white Burgundy-like 2009 Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape La Fontaine blanc comes from 70+-year-old Roussanne vines and is aged 6-8 months in 600-liter demi-muids. It exhibits intense aromas of flowers, honeysuckle, candle wax, rose water, orange marmalade and apricots. Full-bodied with great acidity, the wood is pushed way to the background.

Producer:  Grand Veneur

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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines 2009 RP 92-95 - S/O

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines

The beautiful 2009 Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines (a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah aged in small barrels) offers notes of graphite, camphor, blackberries, creme de cassis, Provencal herbs and lavender. It is nearly as good as the brilliant 2007. Full-bodied and rich with nicely integrated tannins, acidity and wood, the 2009 will benefit from several years of bottle age and should evolve for 20 or more years.

Producer:  Grand Veneur

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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2010 RP 100 - S/O

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes

A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo!

Producer:  Grand Veneur

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Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhône Les Champauvins 2010 RP 92 - S/O

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Les Champauvins

The single-vineyard Cotes du Rhone, the 2010 Les Champauvins, is a smaller cuvee made largely from Grenache (70%) and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. This is the poor person’s Chateauneuf du Pape, with notes of garrigue, lavender, black cherry jam, licorice, and a hint of blacker fruits. Rich, full-bodied, ripe, with sweet tannin and lots of concentration, this is a beauty to drink over the next 8-10 years – it is that rich and concentrated.

Producer:  Grand Veneur

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