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Tasting of Rhône and some blinds by the DRC-club

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Tasted October 16, 2009 by MauriceE with 734 views

Flight 1 - Mouthwasher (1 note)

Rosé
2006 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Tavel L'Espiégle France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Tavel
The mouthwasher. Not very interesting, nice for cleaning the mouth, but too much "chewing-gum" here for me.

Flight 2 - Rhône white (4 notes)

White
2004 Château-Grillet (Neyret-Gachet) Château-Grillet France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Château-Grillet
91 points
This was tasted alongside 2002. Although the opinions were mixed, this wine was my favourite of the two: more complexity, minerality.
White
2002 Château-Grillet (Neyret-Gachet) Château-Grillet France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Château-Grillet
89 points
This was tasted alongside 2004 (my favourite of the two), stil this was quite good. But not my idea of expressing the viognier per sé. Other tasters considered this their favourite.
White
2006 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
90 points
This was tasted right after Grillet 2004 and 2002. For me this was better than Grillet 2002, but slightly less than Grillet 2004, mainly because I really liked the minerality in Grillet 2004. But this is still a good wine.
White
2002 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
94 points
This is serious business, such a terrific step up from the previous wines (Grillet 2004 and 2002, Condrieu "Chaillets" 2006 by Cuilleron). Yes this is one of the best white Hermitages I ever had. When considering 2002 is not a great year (this is an understatement!), you must realise how rigourously Chave must have selected in the vineyard and on the "table de trie" to get this quality. This is excellent indeed.

Flight 3 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (3 notes)

Red
2000 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
88 points
When just poored, this wine gave a little shock. Is this good? But this was mainly because it was the first wine in the flight of reds, right after the white Hermitage (Chave, 2002). What power in the nose! But to be honest: not my type of wine. A little too much. I guess they tried to please Parker a little too much...
Red
1992 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
This was the second wine in the first flight of reds. My expectations were quite high: I never had Bonneau before and reading previous tastingnotes it had to be something! But I found it disappointing, perhaps a bad bottle?
Red
1952 Unknown Châteauneuf-du-Pape Saint Patrice France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
This was the third wine of the first flight red and the surprise of the evening(?): it still was drinking very well even after nearly an hour (in the bottle of course). Very good for its age.

Flight 4 - Cornas (3 notes)

Red
2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
90 points
From magnum. The first wine in the second flight of reds. It should have been served second, it quite outshone the "Terre Brulées" (also Colombo, Cornas, 2005).
Red
2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
89 points
The second wine in the second flight of reds, but should have been served first, because it was quite outshone by "Les Ruchets" that was served first.
Red
2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvée France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
92 points
The winner of the second flight of reds, alongside "Les Ruchets" and "Les Brulées". More complexity and depth here. Very good wine.

Flight 5 - Côte-Rôtie (2 notes)

Red
2003 Jean-Luc Colombo Côte-Rôtie La Divine France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
90 points
A little dried out already. 2003? Not my type of wine, I preferred the Ogier (also 2003!) tasted alongside it. But a very good wine all the same.
Red
2003 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
92 points
I considered this a serious step up from the "La Divine" by Colombo (also 2003). This had more juice and length.

Flight 6 - Hermitage (2 notes)

Red
2002 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
93 points
After the long line-up of Chateauneuf, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie finally Hermitage. This bottle reminded me immediately why I prefer Hermitage above Côte-Rôtie: classical style, complexity, a kind of "lean" (positively meant!) style, very transparant. No need for overextracted, near blackness here. Very fine indeed, my type of wine! Especially when you consider 2002 is by no means great for Rhône!
Red
1995 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
93 points
Tasted alongside Hermitage 2002 by J.L. Chave. It had the slightest taint of cork, but not too bad. Excellent wine, obviously more evolved than the Chave. Very classy fruit, interwoven with just enough wood, not too much. Lovely.

Flight 7 - Blinds (2 notes)

Red
1986 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
Served blind from my cellar. When just poored, this wine appeared completely over the hill. But after 5 to 10 minutes in the glass it opened up a little and it was agreeable, but by no means great. Hence, no rating.
Red
1985 Château Margaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
93 points
Served blind from Arnoud's cellar. Most tasters confused it for cabernet franc, but I'm happy to say I said from the beginning (like Bob) this just had to be cabernet sauvignon. I even guessed Margaux, but to be honest I meant the village, not the château, because I found it lacking that bit of class I consider to be typical for Château Margaux. But it turned out to be the grand seigneur after all. Very enjoyable, but not the greatness I'm used to from my favorite Bordeaux.

Flight 8 - Sweet (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Vin de Paille France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
92 points
The last bottle at the end of a beautiful tasting of Rhône. Red sweet is always special, but it can not match the best white sweets. Still, a very interesting wine.
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