Côtes Du Luberon, Southern Rhône

Château Rayas

Château de Fonsalette Réservé Côtes du Rhône White Rhône Blend 2004

Very unusual wine
Ripe lime, maybe papaya, definitely kiwi
Honeydew and bitter melon
Honey, bunch of yellow flowers
Candied ginger
A bit oxidative on the nose
Almondy
Mediterranean herbs, rosemary and thyme over all the others
Palate even more different from the average bottle I open normally
Bitterness with a bit of Tannin
Dry, but lots of evolution
I'd say past its peak bracket
So fascinating though nearly mesmerizing and hypnotizing😱😱🙏🙏
On the same page with the more fleshy Rayas CdP blanc as a style
— a day ago

Mauro Gabriele
with Mauro
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Éric Texier

Chat Fou Côtes du Rhône Grenache 2016

Chat Fou is a unique mix of both red and white grapes - primarily Grenache with about 15% Clairette; Viognier, and Chasselas. It’s like a cousin to a GSM but with a softer, lighter, touch - fresher and less dense. Floral aromas with brambly raspberry, spiced red cherry flavors, and wet granite. Mild tannins with medium high acid. — 17 days ago

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Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

@Randy S. Funny you ask - I started writing my first full length article/review a few weeks ago and it’ll be posted to medium soon. When it goes up I’ll make sure to send you the link. It’s a review of a cultish chzech wine from nestarec - also an evaluation of VA in natural wine.
Dawn Emory

Dawn Emory

@Ely Cohn Please keep me updated as well!

Michel & Stéphane Ogier (d'Ampuis)

Le Temps est Venu Côtes du Rhône Grenache 2014

Another example of a very approachable 2014 Northern Rhône shiraz. Instantly pleasant, a rather delicate expression of fruits and soil, nicely balanced with only hints of acidity. I’m not sure whether this could age much from here but there’s no reason to wait. — 6 days ago

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Les Halos de Jupiter

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2014

Ken Z
9.0

Drank 1/10/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Black cherry, blackberry, undergrowth, and a bit of tar on the nose. Black fruits, earth, and some undergrowth on the flavor profile. Medium, well integrated tannins. Nice balance.

3/22/8/4/3 +50 = 90 pts.
— 12 days ago

Ken, Ron and 3 others liked this

Domaine Jamet

Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2016

Rick K
9.2

Bright Clementine and Kumquat with lychee and a touch of smoke. Beautiful. — 3 days ago

Shay, P and 17 others liked this

Domaine de la Janasse

Réserve Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2015

For about $20 this is excellent value from a great Rhône producer. Would absolutely buy again. — 9 days ago

Bill, Hermes and 11 others liked this

Saint Amant

La Borry Côtes du Rhône Viognier 2017

Viognier, from cool and high-altitude reaches of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Asian pear, acacia and just enough tartness and pucker to let you know this isn’t bruised, hot-climate, picked-too-late stuff. Impeccably balanced, long, graceful. I’d put this into a northern Rhône tasting anytime. #domainesaintamant #rhône #viognier — 8 days ago

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Marrenon

Selection Parcellaire Petula Rosé Syrah Grenache 2017

It’s a big bright jolly rancher melange extravaganza! But underneath the Candyland terroir runs a steak of limestone chic. That’s how I characterize this wine: Jolly Rancher meets mineral chalk chic. — 24 days ago

Severn, "Odedi" and 11 others liked this

Château Rayas

Château Des Tours Réservé Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2013

Full bodied, opulent and unctuous - talk about a mouthful of flavour. Fruit salad flavours with low acid - bottom line delicious. From the Vacqueyras property of Emmanuel Raynaud of Chateau Rayas. 100% Grenache Blanc. Quite an adventure! Will seek out in the future. — 13 days ago

Ceccherini, Anthony De and 12 others liked this
Ira Schwartz

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@Bob McDonald I’m confused , you 100% blanc. Delectable “red blend”
Bob McDonald

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@Ira Schwartz Ira it is 100% Grenache Blanc. Delectables ID program not the best even when one hits on the right option. This was a cracker of a wine if you like opulent whites.

Le Clos du Caillou / Domaine du Caillou

Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2016

Decanted and while good it needs more time SS — 3 days ago

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