Cotes du Rhone

SF Wine Trading Company
Tasted Sunday, January 6, 2013 by drwine2001 with 90 views

Flight 1 (6 Notes)

  • 2011 Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières Côtes du Rhône

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône

    Medium to light red. Pretty, fragrant nose with herbs and anise. Middle weight with refined feel. Red fruit plus a twist of blood orange. Utterly drinkable and amazing value priced under $10.

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  • 2011 Domaine du Joncier Côtes du Rhône L'O

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône

    Light red. Garrigue and candied fruit. Light weight. Darker red fruit, spice and licorice. Ripe but dry and savory with a tannic finish. Also quite good and spectacular value.

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  • 2011 Domaine Amido Lirac

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Lirac

    Dark ruby. Bootstrap black fruit nose speaks of Syrah. Thick, just short of syrupy palate with a one dimensional flavor that combines blackberry and graphite. Strong acidity. Not bad.

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  • 2010 Domaine de Piaugier Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

    Medium ruby. Forward aromatics of flowers and fresh red fruit. Light and supple with good acidity, but in the mouth, herbs and lavender are more prominent than the fruit. Moderately short finish. This starts out better than it ends and while approachable, it is not as complete (at this level) as some of the preceding wines.

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  • 2010 Andre Andrieux & Fils Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Jules

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages

    Saturated purple. Oh, this is really barnyardy. Nonetheless, lush entry, a mixture of red and black fruit and then a very tannic finish. Too tannic and too bretty. Too bad.

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  • 2011 Domaine Auguste Clape Côtes du Rhône

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône

    Dark core. French Syrah aromatics-violet and high toned thyme and fennel. Big wine but hardly viscous; in fact, pretty gritty texture. Lean black fruit, some brett, and a wave of herbs and tannin gives this a grippy, green finish. You can see its Cornas origins, and if you don't appreciate that sort of underlying structure, you're not likely to adore this wine. I much preferred the balance of some of the less expensive, less serious wines today.

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Closing

Some good wines and excellent values. As I tasted some of these delightful wines, I couldn't help but think that in the bigger, riper Rhone vintages, these wines might be more to my taste than the Chateauneufs, etc. that have ramped up the ripeness, concentration and alcohol. I noticed that my notes don't contain one mention of heat, as opposed to virtually every other Rhone tasting I've attended recently.

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