(Mostly) Northern Rhone Night

Browntrout - Chicago, IL

Tasted January 22, 2015 by tooch with 303 views

Flight 1 (10 notes)

White
1999 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Cuvée Médaillée France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine
90 points
While many 1999s are drinking well right now, there's really no rush. Loved the salty, cool expression in this wine...and if the oysters were better at the restaurant, we would have ordered those. Yum.
White
2012 Dönnhoff Weissburgunder trocken Germany, Nahe
89 points
Fresh, fresh, fresh. Thought that some air benefitted the wine as it started off a bit plump, but the softness seemed to slink away with some air and was replaced by fresh cut melons and herbs. This isn't a long-term wine, I think. Probably in a good spot for the next 3-5 years.
Rosé
2013 Domaine des Lambrays La Rose Du Clos Rosé France, Burgundy
91 points
Super funky and super fresh. Smelled a bit like seafood at first...pretty odd....but the wild strawberry and minerals really turned on with some time. Beautiful wine, a serious rose.
Red
2004 Domaine Gallet (Henri et Philippe) Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
91 points
An elegant and perfumed Cote Rotie. For my tastes, it's still a bit primary but to its credit still has airiness and elegance. Could be just a weird-ish time for the 2004s, I think most are closing in on their prime drinking window while others (like this one) will need some more time to open up. Great material here, just needs patience.
Red
2002 Domaine de Peyre Rose Coteaux du Languedoc Clos des Cistes France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Coteaux du Languedoc
92 points
Florals and spice dominated the nose of this exotic wine. I've probably had a handful of "older" Languedoc wines, and maybe it's my inexperience, but damn do they get exotic and elegant. Along with the florals and spice, this had a darker/sinister element to it. Anise, meat, smoke...it was one of those dark beauties. Lots of fun, and extremely young.
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Red
1992 Edmunds St. John Syrah Grand Heritage USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
94 points
A stunning syrah that combines elegance, concentration, and rugged syrah-ness. There was some olive notes, dark fruits, earth, and meat. Just a wonderful wine that shows the genius of Steve Edmunds.
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Red
2000 Eric Texier Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
94 points
This was gorgeous, but did fade. Intensely stemmy at first (which I loved), this was a Cote-Rotie throwback. Meaty, funky, and silky, this was beautiful. After 2 hours or so, the wine got pretty simple and grapey. Probably a good time to drink up.
Red
1997 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
flawed
Slightly heat damaged.
Red
2011 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
94 points
No way in hell is this wine approachable right now, but I walked away from it getting the feeling that its underlying material was something special. The dark fruit was lithe and clear at this point, and there were what I thought to be the beginnings of some earthy/meaty funkiness that hope would build with time. Ultimately, don't waste opening these now for anything other than an experiment...but I think in 3-5 years they'll begin to start drinking.
Red
2006 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
94 points
I opened this about 4 hours before the first glass. Needed the time, and probably could have benefitted from 2-3 more hours of air. A very meaty wine and masculine wine. Lots of cured meat aromas, dark fruit and spice on the nose. What I loved on the palate was the acidic grip...a great combination with the concentrated dark fruit. This is still primary and will need time for the lovely, intoxicating secondary tones emerge. Looking forward to drinking this again in 5-10 years.
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