2007 Domaine Durieu Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Côtes du Rhône
Drink between 2010 - 2017 (Edit)
CT89.5 23 reviews
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  • mdvino63 Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 4, 2019 - see my last note. A little more alcoholic than I remember, but this is actually substantially better on day 2 after sitting on the counter with the cork stuck back in. 87-88 on day1; 90-91 on day 2.

  • Canuckgiver Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 10, 2019 - I must agree with MDVINO, I was shocked at the quality of this pick from my "maybe too old" section of the cellar. I easily enjoyed this more than my last few CdP choices, and at less than half the cost. Bravo!!

  • mdvino63 Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 11, 2017 - Utterly compelling Cotes du Rhone that would put many Chateauneufs to shame. Very ripe blackberry/black raspberry and kirsch on the nose with some minerality. Ripe fruit on the palate is more jellied than jammy and well kept in check by some nice cigar and tobacco notes and good acidity. Yum! NB - this has been in professional storage since I took delivery from Garagiste back in 2010.

    I have generally not been a big fan of 2007 southern rhones (too alcoholic and extracted) but am wondering if waiting on them yields better results as I've been very happy with the Cotes du Rhones I've opened in the past 2 years. Will the Chateauneufs be better with a few more years of aging?

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  • JCGuthrie wrote: 85 points

    March 8, 2015 - A bit of stewed fruit character...perhaps a bit past it's prime?

  • winecharmer wrote: 93 points

    January 3, 2014 - Drinking beautifully right now. Popped and poured thru a vinturi. Outstanding blackberry, pencil, and minerality. Drank as an aperitif, but would pair nicely with a beef stew. A gorgeous wine for a cold winter night. Lengthy finish. Glad to have 2 more.

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/11/2009 (link)

    (COTES DU RHONE Durieu) Durieu Dear Friends, After tasting several wines from this estate (dating back to 2004), I have no problem with the statement that they are among the finest, unheralded houses in all of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. One after another (regardless of vintage), their wine stands up to the best in the region - especially the most respected traditional houses. If you've never tasted wine from Durieu, I've assembled a few tidbits for you to sample at prices that should entice experimentation. All are more than worth the exercise and the quality is near the top of the appellation. In my opinion, this property will enter the inner circle very soon (Pegau, Vieux Donjon, Clos des Papes et al). Both wines below are VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - hardly any was distributed in Europe or the US so this is the only parcel available. This shipment is directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance: 2007 Domaine Durieu Cotes du Rhone At a recent assembly tasting in Paris (a few weeks ago), this wine was a standout among dozens of acclaimed 2007 Rhones- the Domaine said it was a "super vin trÄs fruitÄ EXCELLENT rapport qualitÄ prix!" but they never said it was one of the top Cotes du Rhones of 2007? Cement raised and pure as mountain spring water, this wine is the secret of the winery and almost al of it is sold to French collectors within a few weeks of release. That's about all that needs to be said. EXTREMELY LIMITED - only 50 cases available for export (for everyone, not just us). 2005 Domaine Durieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Lucile Avril" (375ml) (the 2005 vintage of this wine is VERY HARD TO FIND and the half-bottles of Lucile Avril are only sold at the winery) We get more requests for high-end 375ml's than almost anything else, so here you go. I've been spouting off for the past two years about the superior quality of the 2005 vintage in Chëteauneuf du Pape versus 2007 (for classicists anyway) and this wine is among the strongest unknown luxury cuvees of the vintage. It can border on stunning in its own way and its best days are yet to come. In general, everything the 2007 vintage lacks (firm definition/framework, gritty tannins and rough and tumble Grenache instead of carnival Grenache) the 2005 vintage has in spades. Unlike many top cuvees from CdP, the Lucile Avril is not necessarily showy on release. It is produced to age like the great wines of the late 1970's or 1980's and not to win contests or blind tastings (their intent is well-regarded by this taster). Tradition has taken a back seat of late in Chateauneuf which is one of the reasons this wine is so highly thought of by the old-time legends of the area (ask Henri Bonneau what he thinks of Durieu and this wine in specific?). The finest old-vine Chateauneuf does not need slathered new oak to support it - all it requires is the terroir, cement tanks and maybe a few used barrels to complete the cycle - thankfully Durieu understands this. From very old vines, the 2005 Lucile Avril is in a wonderful place (especially in 375ml) - it is perfect for drinking over the next 4-8 years. The Durieu's call the 2005 half-bottles "des petites bombes, plaöt Änormement" and that should tell you something. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as one of the lowest priced/highest quality top-end traditional wines left in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Rhone6578 Rhone6579

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Durieu
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Côtes du Rhône

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 16 (7%)
  • In Cellars 82 (37%)
  • Consumed 122 (55%)

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