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RED RHONE 3 - 'Miscellaneous' Listed by WINE AREA

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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by  Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com  or Stephen Tanzer (ST) from www.wineaccess.com
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    DOMAINE  COURBIS
RP - One of the most quality conscious estates in the Northern Rhone, Domaine Courbis produces a trio of vineyard designated Cornas as well as two cuvees of impressive St.-Joseph.
     
10 75cl Cornas
'Champelrose'
Courbis

RP -
The 2010 Cornas Champelrose exhibits a black/purple color along with a floral note, and a terrific, full-bodied texture with gorgeous ripeness, purity and expansiveness. This savoury, full-throttle, compelling Cornas will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well for two decades or more.
2010 £28.00 RP94
2014-34
15 75cl Cornas
'La Sabarotte'
Courbis

RP -
Also revealing an opaque purple color, the 2010 Cornas La Sabarotte exhibits gorgeous aromas of pen ink, spring flowers, smoked meats, graphite and massive quantities of blackberry and cassis fruit. This terrific Cornas will age gracefully for 20-25 years.
2010 £35.00 RP95
2012-37
           
    DOMAINE 
SANTA DUC

RP - One of the reference points of Gigondas as well as one of the model winemaking estates in the southern Rhone
     
26 75cl Gigondas
'Tradition'
Santa Duc

RP -
The 2009 Gigondas Tradition, a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and Cinsault, tips the scales at about 16% alcohol, so there’s nothing wimpy about this wine. Loads of blueberry, smoky blackberry, kirsch, licorice and hints of toast and earth all make an appearance in this voluptuously styled, evolved wine, which is already drinking beautifully. This wine has low acidity and velvety tannins, so there’s no need to wait to enjoy this gorgeous red, which is drinking well now and should continue to do so for at least another 10-12 years.
2009 £28.00 RP92
2011-23
25 75cl Gigondas
'Tradition'
Santa Duc

RP -
The 2007 Gigondas Tradition, a 3,000-case cuvee, is a big-time sleeper of the vintage and well-worth latching onto, since its availability is very good. Dense purple to the rim, with an exquisite nose of charcoal, blueberry and blackberry fruit, chalk, and floral notes, the wine is rich, full-bodied, with sensational concentration, admirable purity, and beautiful texture and length. The wine is still young and unevolved, but it is very accessible. The acids buttress the wine’s substance, and give it vibrancy and focus.
2007 £35.00 RP94
2009-19

TOP Vintage

5 75cl Gigondas
 'Prestige des Hautes Garrigues'
Santa Duc

RP -
An absolutely exquisite, profound effort is the densely purple-coloured 2007 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues Cuvee Prestige. The incredible aromatic expression of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blueberry and blackberry as well as ripe raspberries, crushed rock, and floral undertones is to die for. In the mouth, the wine is exceptionally full-bodied, fresh and vibrant, yet possesses awesome concentration, a multi-layered mouthfeel, and a finish that goes on for 45+ seconds. This is an incredible effort from Yves Gras that should drink well for at least 20 years.
2007 £45.00 RP98
2009-29

TOP Vintage

           
    CHATEAU PUECH-HAUT
A Bio-Dynamically farmed estate, making really wonderful wines; which represent Top Value for the price!

RP - Easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc (if not southern France), Chateau Puech Haut lies just outside the village of Saint-Drezery and is owned and run by Gerard Bru, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie. They produce a number of cuvees, with their entry level efforts representing superb values, and their top cuvees being able to stand toe to toe with the greatest wines in the world.

   
Wonderful value wines - please try a bottle!
 

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75cl Coteaux de Languedoc
Saint Drezery
 Prestige ROSÉ
Chateau Puech-Haut

RP - The 2014 Cuvee Prestige Rose is another stunner that readers need to purchase by the case. Loaded with juicy watermelon, citrus and tangerine notes, it's medium-bodied, pure, supple and refreshing. It's a no brainer that will dish out loads of pleasure.

2014 £11.00 RP92
2015-17
24 75cl Coteaux de Languedoc
Saint Drezery
Prestige Rouge
Chateau Puech-Haut

No Review available, but also a great vintage like the 2009!

2010 £19.00
2013-24

Recommended by Client!

6 75cl Coteaux de Languedoc
Saint Drezery
Prestige Rouge
Chateau Puech-Haut

RP - This 2009 is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 60- to 75-year-old vines) and 45% Syrah (from 40-year-old vines), all planted in limestone soils, and aged completely in concrete tanks. This remarkable offering is a naked expression of the vivid terroir and excellent fruit found in this region.
The incredible aromatics consist of forest floor, spring flowers, sweet black currants, raspberries, liquorice, and incense. With a pure, velvety, seamless, full-bodied texture and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds, this wine possesses a stunning integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, suggesting this 2009 will age nicely for 3-5 years, possibly as long as a decade. However, it will be hard to resist given its current performance. Bravo!

2009 £17.00 RP91
2012-22

 

           
    DOMAINE de Bila Haut de Roussillon
Michel Chapoutier

 
     
47 75cl V. I. T. Visitare Interiore Terrae
Cotes de Roussillon Latour de France
Domaine de Bila Haut
M. Chapoutier

This vintage has not been reviewed yet, but I list below a review of the 2008 vintage by RP/David Schildknecht for your general guidance:

RP - A 60-40 Grenache-Syrah (as well as chalk-clay - schist) blend raised in various sizes of barrel, the Bila-Haut 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France v.i.t is gorgeously-scented with gentian, iris, wild berries, and spice; then delivers a bright melange of fresh black and red raspberry with smoked meat, licorice, cinnamon and tonka nut. Succulently ripe and subtly velvety, with tannins so fine as to nearly disappear, this builds to a finish of vibratory impingement and interactive complexity.

2010 £30.00 RP-TBA
2014-34

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