2015 Northern Rhones Blind

Tasted October 27, 2018 by Nanda with 366 views

Introduction

All wines served single blind and tasted over a few hours with food. Bottles were opened for a slow-ox 4-5 hours prior to tasting.

Flight 1 (17 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Agrapart & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Complantée Extra Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
92 points
My kind of Extra Brut in that this had sufficient fruit richness and roundness. Racy, for sure, but well balanced. Excellent bubbly to open the night.
Red
2015 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas La Geynale France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
flawed
Decidedly corked.
Red
2015 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
92 points
Single blind. Always tough to be the opening wine in a large blind line up. The nose has everything you'd want with its florals, pepper and polished black fruit. Perhaps a bit of heat in the aromatics too. The fruit here is quite concentrated and starts showing some polish, but than the tannins kick in and show their grittiness. Overall comes across as quite young and brooding (as opposed to more lush bottles I had ~10-12 months ago). I like the potential here. 2-3 points of upside.

Night 2 update: Aromatically a bit quiet and less interesting. Palate is reasonably consistent with loads of structure on the back end.
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Red
2015 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
93 points
Single blind. A really gorgeous nose that kept getting better. Pure bright black fruit, pepper, spice and musk. Good concentration of fruit with chewy, but still approachable, structural elements. The jammy-ness of the fruit helps to cloak the significant structure. This is such an underrated wine and still a serious bargain in the N. Rhone. Terrific.

Night 2 update: Wow - this is holding strong and is perhaps even more intense. Love the musk and pepper filled nose. So dense, pure and in balance.
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Red
2015 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Single blind. Yikes - this was in my bottom 2 or 3 wines of the 15 wines tonight. The oak and toast effect is simply overwhelming. The fruit is marred with vanilla and toast. With time a V.A. note comes about, likely given the ripeness of fruit. No subtlety or Northern Rhone complexity at this time. One can only assume this is akin to tasting a barrel sample and the wine will improve significantly over time. I'm cellaring my case for 10+ years before checking in on a bottle. Low 80s score tonight. Ooof.

Night 2 Update: The oak has tamed down a bit and the overt toast notes are gone. The wine is still quite fruit-centric and ripe without much subtlety. Perhaps a bit of pepper and meat is starting to emerge.
Red
2015 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
88 points
Single blind. Along with the Chave, this was a simpleton clunker and a disappointment tonight. The nose is quite moderate with some savory elements and a bit of armpit funk. The palate is lighter and not showing any depth or layering. Nothing wrong with it, but just showing quite foursquare. I can only assume its a bit inward right now and needs years to show its stuff. Likely upside from here based on reputation.

Night 2 update: The nose is still rather reserved, but there is some smoke and game to be found. The palate is showing more oomph and depth. Still mostly fruit with modest complexity. Spending a little more time and focus on this glass, you can see the pedigree.
Red
2015 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Clos Florentin France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
90 points
Single blind. Terrific purity and lift in the aromas with lots of polished black fruit, florals and black pepper. Quite fruit forward and plush on the palate. Some chewiness but overall soft in nature and not really showing a depth of structure. Good, but does this have the legs to last? Surprised to see this as the Chave Florentin on reveal.

Night 2 update: Showing quite ripe and even hot. All fruit and no structure. Has not held up well overnight.
Red
2015 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
95 points
Single blind. Now we're talking - the first real wow wine of the night. An intense and full nose of polished black fruit, pepper, olive and smoked meat. Wow, the palate sports terrific concentration and intensity. Large scale, yet suave and polished. A complete wine with everything in full harmony.
Red
2015 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
95 points
Single blind. Randomly back-to-back with the Chaillot. Again a towering and intense nose that is boldly aromatic with classic Northern Rhone notes. The palate is simply stunning in its combination of power and grace. Hedonistically delicious now, but will be a real stunner in 10 years. Upside from here.
Red
2015 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) St. Joseph Les Cessieux France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
93 points
Single blind. Sandwiched between the two Allemands and Jamet, and this showed quite well amongst that company. Bold and full nose with loads of black fruit aromas laced with black pepper. Quite concentrated with loads of fruit and tannin. Opulent and delicious already. Pretty impressed to see this producer among the top wines tonight. Liked this better than a non-blind bottle that I had 6 months ago.
Red
2015 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
94 points
Single blind. A gorgeous nose that is singing with musky black fruit, smoked meat, bacon fat, black pepper and toasted herbs. This is richly concentrated and not a subtle wine, yet still comes across as silky and velvety. Delicious with 2-3 points of upside as this ages and mellows.
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Red
2015 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
93 points
Single blind. Randomly placed in the line-up right after the Jamet. Clearly cousins with the Jamet and distinguished in the heavy dose of meat, bacon and sausage notes that you get here. Gorgeous meaty, musky black fruit nose. Palate is smooth and approachable, but still sturdy and structured. This is terrific and another good QPR in the Northern Rhone.
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Red
2015 La Grande Colline Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
90 points
Single blind. Clearly one of the natural producers with a bretty touch to the black fruit and olive aromatics. Quite juicy, forward and easy to drink. Fun now. I liked it but am in no rush to find this wine, and I don't think cellaring provides upside.
Red
2015 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brûlée France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
90 points
Single blind. A new producer for me. Pure nose with black fruit that is full of meat and spice. A touch of VA/shoe polish distracts. A rich and jammy fruit profile that is matched by solid structure. Good fruit and polish, if a bit too clean and lacking some N. Rhone character.
Red
2015 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
94 points
Single blind. Lives up to the hype, again, and has a distinctive olive brine note that is pure Gonon. From the get go, the nose is lifted, intense and bright with savory black fruit and olives for days. Great fruit concentration that is so smooth without any trace of heat or warmth. Olive, olive and more olive. Damn good.
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Red
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
88 points
Single blind. I really liked the distinct pepper in the nose, but the fruit was a bit too confected for my tastes. Rich and powerful, but just a touch too sweet.

Night 2 update: Very consistent on night two. Still sweet and ripe, with the fruit drowning out the wines subtleties. Not bad, just in a sweeter style than I prefer.
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Red
2015 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) Sainte-Epine France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
87 points
Single blind. Holy poopy diaper! Black fruit nose has a significant shit note that is tough for most to get around. I wasn't quite as troubled by it. The palate is cleaner with plush and juicy black fruit. A bit simple on the palate. Weird wine, and not nearly as good as the Les Cessieux, which is also in the line-up.
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