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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 3 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2006 vintage.)
ProducerDomaine la Soumade (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
DesignationLes Violettes
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationCôtes du Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 23 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by maxima on 12/28/2013 & rated 93 points: Pas de carafe ici, on voit que le temps a fait son œuvre, très beau vin ample, gouteux mais d`un équilibre impeccable!
Assemblage des cépages : 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier.
Conseiller technique : Stéphane Derenoncourt (Châteaux Pavie-Macquin, Canon-la-Gaffelière, La Gaffelière, Smith Haut Lafitte…etc)
Le nez est très intense, du poivre et du thym avec les framboises et le cassis.
En bouche, une explosion de fruits (crême de cassis, framboises) et de poivre fraichement moulu.
Il y a beaucoup de mâche et de matière. C'est très long en finale. Tout simplement délicieux. (650 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 12/7/2013 & rated 92 points: Mon avant-dernière bouteille!
Encore une fois tout simplement SUPERBE!
Tout une aubaine, achat à refaire! (628 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 12/5/2013 & rated 92 points: Un des rares 5 étoiles du guide des vins de Phaneuf...pleinement mérité!
Un nez sur les cerises et le poivre avec un peu de violettes, belle complexité.
En bouche, ample, dense et complexe. Du fruit croquant et du poivre avec une belle acidité, fort délicieux. Les tannins sont bien enrobés et la finale très longue.
Encore superbe et fort gouteux! (636 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 9/13/2011: Small amount of sediment. Excellent. (540 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 5/24/2011: Small amount of sediment. Excellent. (542 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 3/1/2011: No sediment. Excellent. (191 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 12/10/2010: Medium amount of sediment. Excellent. (176 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 11/5/2010 & rated 93 points: Superbe sur toute la ligne!
Un nez sublime sur les cerises et les épices de même qu'une composante florale fort complexe.
En bouche, beaucoup de matière. Du fruit d'une belle pureté, de la garrigue et du poivre for délicieux. Les tannins amples mais bien recouverts font de ce vin une belle réussite. Finale très longue et bien persistante.
Sublime et en pente ascendante encore pour 4-5 années!!! (1154 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 10/12/2010: Small amount of sediment. Good. (191 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 9/21/2010: Small amount of sediment. Good. (180 views)
 Tasted by frankge on 9/1/2010: strange juice (1393 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 8/6/2010: Small amount of sediment. Good. (151 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 6/18/2010: Small amount of sediment. Good. (171 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 2/12/2010: Medium amount of sediment. Average. (167 views)
 Tasted by bacchusnyon on 1/30/2010 & rated 90 points: needs to be decanted and opened at least one hour, tannic, but lots of body, tar, meaty, and oriental spices. Perfect with lamb. (1218 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 12/4/2009: Medium amount of sediment. Good. (151 views)
 Tasted by Alcide23 on 11/15/2009 & rated 91 points: Nice bouquet, bursting with fruit, nice tannic structure, drinking very well right now. Try last bottle in 1-2 years. (1191 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 9/25/2009: Small amount of sediment. Good. (176 views)
 Tasted by AdamJP on 5/11/2009: Small amount of sediment. Still a bit tannic, so hopefully should improve. Good. (157 views)
 Tasted by pikemasterflash on 4/20/2008 & rated 88 points: Bought this wine on a K&L suggestion (but from the Hollywood strore where I don't know anyone). This wine makes me prefer CA Syrah instead. OK but nothing I would serve to my friends. (1477 views)
 Tasted by MLD11 on 11/20/2007 & rated 89 points: Lot of fruit and gobs of tannin. Very big wine. After two days though the structure there to be seen and some aromatics from the Viognier. One for the long term I think. (1269 views)

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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/12/2006)
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Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)

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