Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

My top 2010 Southern Rhone wines

There is amazing value to be found in the Southern Rhone, especially in the categories of Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Gigondas.   What's more, 2010 has turned out to be an amazing vintage in the region.  I've been having a great time tasting through these wines.  

 

My top wine, Les Garrigues from Domaine de la Janasse, may not exactly be considered a "value" to some, but it's certainly is a relative value when you consider the quality of wine found in this bottle.  It's essentially a baby Chateauneuf du Pape.

 

The rest that follow are all amazing value wines that will thrill you with pure, focused fruit that is perfectly ripe yet never cloying.  These are great wines to introduce someone to the Southern Rhone and the styles that are possible in the region.

3. Lavau Gigondas France Rhone (2010)

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The nose showed fresh blackberries, violet floral tones, slate dust, pepper notes and a hint of spiced cookie. On the palate, it was at first rich, yet turned elegant and juicy with pure black fruits, licorice and hints of mountain herbs. The finish was lasting with blackberry fruit and violet candies lingering long after the close. (90 points)

The Lavau Gigondas is a perfect introduction to Gigondas.  It's interesting to think that this designation used to be part of the all-encompassing Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation, because the wines from Gigondas are so unique.  I find them earthier, more floral and with elegant fruits.  

 
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