This wine features remarkable quality...surprisingly so considering the vintage. Deep purple core, showing no signs of age. Attractive, attention grabbing bouquet of dark fruits and berries, spice, graphite, and minerality; it reminded me of the 2008 Celler Malondro Montsant Besllum's bouquet. This is one of those special offerings that provides tremendous pleasure at every point of the palate. The focused attack transitions into an exceptionally pleasing and wonderfully balanced mid-palate chock-full of minerality and dark fruit. The back and finish develop secondary and tertiary elements, barnyard, crushed rocks, ores, Mediterranean cooking spices, olive tapenade, sanguinity, etc., that do not quit. This was followed by a 2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône that I scored at 91 but was not as good as this. 92-93.
Had expected more. A bit too much baked fruit and alcohol heat for me (which isn't offset by anything). I have two more bottles so we'll see if they're any different. Not bad, but definitely not memorable or special IMO.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
(Domaine de la Janasse Terre d'Argile) A blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, one-third of each. A fairly typical nose here, sweet cherry and glossy fruit, very reminiscent of a Châteauneuf in terms of style. A nice, appealing character on the palate, fresh and balanced, not over-the-top. A supple tannic grip, and a good fruit substance. Could be good value.
NOTE: Some content is property of The Rhone Report and Winedoctor.