Southern Rhône, Rhône

Domaine des Tours

Réserve Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend 2016


Flash decant this time as usually I open up the “Reynaud wines” a few hours in advance. We started drinking slowly but right away the aromas were very expressive and they opened up slowly to reveal multiple layers of red fruit, spices. I can discern some Grenache to my Burgundian palate but brely, the wine is powerful but approchable at this toung stage, nice freshness and great texture of tannins with an impressive length for a “vin de pays”. 90-91

Ouvert et donné un petit coup de carafe sans ménagement, nous avons commencé à le boire lentement. D’habitude j’ouvre plusieurs heures à l’avance les “vins Reynaud”. Un nez typé avec cette signature tellement envoûtante, expressif dès le départ et a continué à s’ouvrir avec le temps, des fruits rouges de toutes sortes, des épices, plusieurs couches d’arômes s’y développent. La bouche est très fraîche, une trace de Grenache à peine est décelée à mon palais très Bourguignon, le vin est assez puissant mais avec une telle fraîcheur et texture de tannins qui en font un bel ensemble très approchable, même s’il est encore très jeune. Une longueur impressionnante pour le rang et toujours un rapport qualité/prix fort avantageux. 90-91
— 2 days ago

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Château des Tours

Vacqueyras Red Rhône Blend 2012

Hubbahubba. Intense and spicy. Bright red fruit, rosemary, black pepper, a zip and lifted of almost cote rotie-like sharpness. This is full, bright, focussed and double barreled. Really deep and delicious — 15 days ago

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Château des Tours

Réserve Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2014

In a perfect place right now. Freshness of the vintage + integrated and open primary aromatics. Red berries, licorice, white pepper. 👏🏻 — 14 days ago

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Domaine Rouge-Bleu

Mistral Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2017

Tim L
9.1

Exceeds expectations in it’s HR review…exceptionally smooth palate medium bodied viscous deep red red berry blend…light bouquet and almost esoteric flavor with luscious balance. Only minimum tannin and acidity with no mysterious inexplicable taste elements like earth of turtles…yes, I expect to hear of that soon…or other overlay notes. — 2 days ago

Xavier Vignon

Ange Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2001

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Ruby in color with a wide red rim.

Nose of blueberries, plums, light wood, spices, coffee, nail polish remover, tobacco, earth, light wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables, dark coffee and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty and nicely aged Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Elegant and smooth.

Good by itself or with food and a little stinky on the nose. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Great all by itself. Yummy and interesting.

This unique wine was held in oak barrels until 2010, at which point it was blended. Bottled only in 2019.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$100.
— 5 days ago

Scott McNamara
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Matt, Bob and 19 others liked this

Domaine Duseigneur

L’'Astrolabe Lirac Syrah 2010

Dark purple color, black fruit aromas and flavors, seems still quite youthful, medium-long finish, very good Lirac! — 7 days ago

Jim Powers
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Severn, Aravind and 1 other liked this

Domaine les Aphillanthes

Cuvée 1921 Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Red Rhone Blend 2017

This old-vine (mostly) Grenache is really elegant and good. Gorgeously pure nose of framboise and warm crushed rock dust (sandstone and granite?). A bit of sweet baking spice. Mouthfilling but not in the least heavy in the mouth, it’s got a soft texture framed with a bit of fine-grained tannin. There’s a pure fruit note that clings on the finish. Acids are medium low but the balance is there, calibrated on the sultry side. I have been down on the Southern Rhône of late but this makes me feel more optimistic. — 19 days ago

Matt, Severn and 21 others liked this

Domaine de la Janasse

Chaupin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Shay A
9.2

I’m between a 92-93 here. This was by no means shut down but it was surprisingly tannic and a bit clenched. Poured next to a 2016 Fisher Syrah, this was significantly less pepper driven yet substantially more nimble and vibrant. 100% Grenache and 40% whole cluster (which is definitely evident). Plenty of ripe red fruit up front on the nose with underripe and crunchy black fruits, potpourri, garrigue, and herbal stemminess. Nervy acidity on the palate and while a touch thin on the mid palate, the finish here is quite beefed up with violet, cranberry and black currant wrapped tannins. It’s almost juicy, yet an herbal flair keeps it balanced. Enjoyed at pop and pour, I’d decant at least an hour if opening now. — 6 days ago

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Domaine de la Janasse

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2010

Jan A
9.7

Brown reddish with fine sediment. Muted compact nose initially, evolving into forest floor, mushrooms, blood/iron and herbs. On the palate still a solid core of purple/blue fruit, cacao, tea leaves and drying tannins. Mouth coating, long finish. This can certainly age for many years to come. Beginning of drinking window. Next bottle in a couple of years.

Edit day two: the herbal components really shine now, combined with the softening of the tannins through aeration this magical balance comes into play. Understanding why this got 100RP. Hold for more greatness ☀️
— 4 days ago

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Jan de Weerd

Jan de Weerd

Funny name…for a great wine. Must be a Jan to fully appreciate it 😊
Jan A

Jan A

Must be the Dutch influence 😂

Domaine du Séminaire

Vin Biologique Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend

2019 vintage. Picked up more spices and a delicate lavender lift on the finish after being open approx a half hour. — 13 days ago

Peter, Ericsson and 6 others liked this