Domaine de Montvac
Vacqueyras Blanc “Melodine” 2010
(roussane 40%, clairette 40%, bourboulenc 10%, viognier 10%)
nose of tropical fruits, ripe bananas and peaches. palate starts with candied lemon and orange peel and becomes more focused and linear on the long finish.
Vacqueyras “Vincila” 2007
(grenache 60%, syrah 40%)
nose is intense and starts herbaceous, with dried rosemary and marjoram and turns to black olive tapenade with dried red and black fruits. the palate is full-boded, with a round texture and ripe fruit but well-balanced. long finish, with dried red fruits leading.
Domaine des Espiers
Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Les Diablotines” 2010
(roussane 50%, clairette 50%)
waxy, apricot-driven nose with a little bit of sandalwood. the palate opens bright but full with lemon oil and turns more towards caramelized sugar on the surprisingly long finish.
Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2009
(grenache 70%, mourvèdre 20%, syrah 10%)
intense nose, cherries and strawberries with balsamic vinegar and black pepper, road tar. the palate is full and rich yet angular and spicy – good balance. finished with dried red fruits and black pepper.
(grenache 65%, syrah 35%)
nose of ripe black cherries, road tar and black pepper, smoked meats. the palate is full but has good lift and balance. dried red fruits and spices, dried herbs and a bit of glycerine baby fat. ample but ripe and fine grained tannins.
Domaine Roger Perrin
Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2010
(grenache blanc 50%, clairette 25%, roussanne 20%, bourboulenc 5%)
wild nose – tropical fruits, wax, grilled lamb fat, lemon and pine oil, hot and sweaty. the palate opens up sweet and full but with good acids. grilled bananas and pineapple turn to gamier, meatier notes on the long finish.
Châteauneuf du Pape “Réservé des Vieilles Vignes” 2007
(grenache 70%, syrah 15%, mourvèdre 10%, counoise 5%)
intense black cherries on the nose with smoked meat, raw meat, beef’s blood. huge palate – black fruit liqueur, but the sweetness is countered by an intense savory and bitter component – intense agrodolce thing gong on here. the finish is long and grows both brighter and fresher and spicier. long life ahead of this one.
Domaine Gourt de Mautens
(100% fucking awesomeness)
nose is ripe, intense black cherry liqueur, india ink, road tar – but amazingly fresh. palate is very intense and rich, with ripe red and black fruits, black olive tapenade, cinnamon and cedar spice notes. longs finish turns towards a whole palette of both dried and fresh herbs and spices. superb. ample but ripe and somewhat resolved tannins. could go another ten years. wine of the night.
(grenache 70%, carignan 10%, mourvèdre 10%, remaining 10% syrah, counoise, muscardin and vaccarese)
intense nose, ripe black fruits and black pepper and aged sweet balsamic vinegar. intensely spicy palate with lots of white pepper and garrigue. good acids make the palate show more towards red fruits than the nose shows. very fine tannins with a long and spicy finish with some cedar.
Châteauneuf du Pape 2009
nose of spicy red fruits with some intensely floral stuff going on, very pretty. palate is very spicy and angular, with good acid and tannin – bright red fruits and dried herbs. very good but very young
Châteauneuf du Pape “Privilège” 2006
really intense nose – black cherries, game meat, sweet leathery notes, roasted meat. palate is very full and round with dried black fruits and leather but with a great top note of dried orange peel and clove/cinnamon spice.
Châteauneuf du Pape “Privilège” 2007 (from magnum)
insane nose – gamy, funky, animalistic, brooding – almost evil. palate is a mix of dried herbs and fresh red fruits, cinnamon and clove, bit of oak. long finish with a nice bit of sea salt and sandalwood at the end.
Châteauneuf du Pape “l’Esprit de Maucoil” 2000 (from magnum)
black cherry liqueur and sweet leather on the nose with an intense raw meat note. palate is very full and rich. still young, with lots of high notes, lots of white pepper. finish is really long and savory with clove ginger and sandalwood. seems like this is really peaking right now.
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Lieu-dit Clavin” 2010
(grenache blanc, bourbourlenc, clairette, and marsanne)
ripe nose of peaches, bananas, apricots, dried lemon peel. intense, viscous texture to the palate, with lemon oil and mint. long finish.
Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Lieu-dit Clavin” 2009
(grenache 70%, syrah 20%, mourvèdre 10%)
nose of dried herbs, grilled lamb and dried red fruits. very spicy and savory palate with dried red fruits and nice sweetness to the mid-palate to play a counterpoint to the spicier and more savory elements.
Châteauneuf du Pape 2005
(grenache 60%, syrah 15%, mourvèdre 10%, counoise 10%, cinsault 5%)
dried red fruits and caramelized sugar on the nose with a savory top note of sea-salt. big palate – fresh and dried red fruits, black pepper and dried flower petals, garrigue, black olives. good acid and tannin. very well knit.
Châteauneuf du Pape 2006
Ripe black fruit and licorice on the nose with a leathery note as well. Palate starts with ripe red fruit. Lots of focus and penetration. texture is ripe and full but with good tannins and a lot of pepper on the mid-palate. long finish.
Châteauneuf du Pape 2007
Nose of ripe black fruits with lots of black pepper. the palate is very full and round but well-knit with ample tannins and good balance. lots of grip but the fruit grows sweeter and more viscous on the long finish.
Châteauneuf du Pape 2008
intense tomato leaf and spice on the nose with black olives and rosemary. the palate is similarly spicy and angular. tannic. long, herbaceous finish sweetened by dried red fruit and black olive flavors.
Châteauneuf du Pape Réservé 2005
very intense nose with both baked and fresh red and black fruits, india ink, clove and a very unusual sweet mineral note. huge palate, tones of sweet black fruit and glycerine framed by substantial but ripe and fine-grained tannins. long finish. good spiciness and lift at the end. could go another 10 years.
Châteauneuf du Pape Réservé 2006
very intense but high-toned nose, gamy and spicy with notes of bitter cherries. full, sweet red fruit on the palate with a leafy spiciness and a hint of leather. fine tannins and a good core of black fruit at the mid-palate. long finish. still young.