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Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone les Champauvins 2007
Astonished that the overall rating for this wine isn't higher. This is a beautiful wine and a brilliant value. Gorgeous, rich violet in color - this is a big and interesting wine. Being so young and high in alchohol, it needs a bit of time to open up - but it opens to both a good deal of spice and fruit.
Pretty surprised that this wine is not rated much higher. This is a great tasting wine - a goto medium/lower priced bottle.
Fairly simple, and very hot. Under-ripe red fruit aromas and flavors. The alcohol is way out of balance. Very disappointing considering the vintage and the price.
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The outstanding, silky, pure 2009 Cotes du Rhone Les Champauvins represents a baby Chateauneuf du Pape. Composed of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, it reveals a deep ruby/plum color in addition to full-bodied flavors, light tannin, and lavender, truffle, black currant, and black cherry aromas.
The 2009 Les Champauvins Cotes du Rhone is their single-vineyard Cotes du Rhone that comes from a vineyard just across the street from where the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape ends. This is a big, full-bodied, more structured Cotes du Rhone, with notes of kirsch, licorice, black truffles and meat juices. It is a heady wine with moderate tannins that are still present. It will benefit from another 6-12 months of bottle age and drink well for 5-7 years.
Ripe and distinguished, with a beautiful beam of linzer torte and macerated red currant fruit supported by graphite and licorice notes. The long finish lets the fruit hang on while staying fresh and racy. Modern and very suave. Drink now through 2013.
91 Points - Wine Advocate"An outstanding sleeper of the vintage, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Les Champauvins is an amazingly good effort displaying a dark ruby/purple hue as well as a big, sweet bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch, pepper, garrigue, and earth. Dense, full-bodied, and ripe, it is as good as many producers- Chateauneuf du Papes. It should drink well for 7-8 years or more.This estate, owned by the Jaume family, has been on fire over the last decade. The wines are made in a polished, civilized, modern style, but they do not lack Provencal or Chateauneuf du Pape typicity. In 2006, they added a third cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, an old vine cuvee that was mostly all Grenache in 2006, but a different blend in 2007. The real bargain among the Chateauneuf du Papes is their traditional offering. Over the last 4-5 years, Grand Veneur has produced a bevy of terrific Cotes du Rhones, and the following two cuvees are indicative of what they are capable of achieving."by Robert Parker, Issue #179, October 2008
The 2004 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Les Champauvins is a potentially outstanding wine with terrific fruit (raspberries, cherries, currants, spice box, and pepper), medium to full body, good acidity, and a refreshing finish.
The top Côtes du Rhône, the 2007 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Les Champauvins, is a serious effort that could easily be mistaken for a Châteauneuf du Pape. Sweet black cherry fruit, seaweed wrapper, licorice, pepper, and spice aromas are followed by a wine with a broad, savory mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and a long finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years.
The 2003 Cotes du Rhone Champauvins emerges from a vineyard planted twenty feet outside the Chateauneuf du Pape border. A blend of primarily Grenache, with a bit of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it reveals lovely fruit, loads of body, and a heady bouquet of ground peppers, raspberries, cherry liqueur, currants, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied and dense, it tastes more like Chateauneuf du Pape than a Cotes du Rhone. It should drink well for 4-5 years. Buy this one by the case!
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