Les Vignerons d'Estézargues Côtes du Rhône Domaine des Bacchantes 2006
Yet another brand/cuveacute;e from the great co-op of Esteacute;zargues, this is a cleverly named 100% Grenacha wine. Starts with bold spice and cherry aromas, then builds on the palate, offering fruit-forward flavors that finish minerally and crisp. Juicy and easy to drink.Add winemaker's notes
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Yet another brand/cuveacute;e from the great co-op of Esteacute;zargues, this is a cleverly named 100% Grenacha wine. Starts with bold spice and cherry aromas, then builds on the palate, offering fruit-forward flavors that finish minerally and crisp. Juicy and easy to drink.
A reliable offering in many vintages, this cuveacute;e, selected by the American importer and bottled unfiltered, emerges from a well-run cooperative south of Avignon. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 offers a sweet perfume of jammy cassis and licorice. Supple, fleshy, full-bodied, and loaded with fat and fruit, it will drink well for 3ndash;4 years, although bottles of the 1995 in my cellar are holding up beautifully.
The knock-out, 100% Grenache 2004 Cotes du Rhone-Villages La Granacha is made from 60ndash;80-year old vines cropped at 28ndash;30 hectoliters per hectare, and bottled with no filtration (as is its sibling), it is pure kirsch liqueur with loads of soul and personality. It comes across like a bargain-priced Chateauneuf du Pape. Spicy, with loads of sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, and enough acidity to provide definition, it can be enjoyed over the next 1ndash;2 years.
The 2008 Vico made from 100% Mencia with 30% whole clusters and aged for 9 months in seasoned French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a slightly reticent bouquet of damp earth, mineral, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense and loaded on the palate, the flavors are already complex and mouth-filling. Impeccably balanced and with a 45-second finish, it has the stuffing to blossom for another 2ndash;3 years but can be approached now. It is a great value.
Readers familiar with the sensational Cocirc;tes du Rhocirc;nes of the Domaine Gramenon will be pleased to know that importer Eric Solomon has found another estate making wines comparable to Gramenonrsquo;s. This producer formerly sold all of his Syrah cuvees to Marcel Guigal. One thousand four hundred cases were made of this knock-out, 100% Syrah cuveacute;e made from 60-year-old vines. It reveals a saturated ruby/purple color, a huge, peppery, cassis-scented nose. Rich and full-bodied, with a seductive, sweet, expansive mid-palate, voluptuous texture, and a pure personality, this knock-out wine is worth buying by the case. It should drink well for 4ndash;5 years.
This 100% Syrah is tank-fermented and aged, and bottled unfiltered for the American importer. It has been a favorite of mine in certain vintages. I just finished my last magnum of 1995 which was still youthful, and full of rich blackberry fruit. Made by a cooperative south of Avignon, it possesses gorgeously pure, rich, blackberry and cassis fruit, medium to full body, low acidity, and ripe, sweet tannin. Since 10,000 cases of this Cocirc;tes du Rhocirc;ne make it to the United States, availability should be reasonably good. Drink this fruit bomb over the next 4ndash;5 years for its gutsy exuberance. It is an excellent value.
A brilliant 100% Grenache cuveacute;e from old vines, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages La Granacha Signargues comes from an organically farmed parcel, and is bottled unfined and unfiltered with no SO2 additions. Deep ruby to the rim, with beautiful aromas of kirsch liqueur, melted licorice, ground pepper, and garrigue, it is a superb, full-bodied effort with terrific precision, definition, and concentration. This beauty should drink well for 5ndash;6 years.
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