Rasteau, Southern Rhône

Cave de Rasteau

Signature Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau Grenache Noir

Sweet, but more complex than the rest at our wine/chocolate class. At home I tried with a bittersweet chocolate and decided that it was better with a sweeter dark chocolate. — 12 days ago

Pierre Amadieu

Romane Machotte Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 1981

Pierre Amadieu Romane-Machotte Gigondas 1981 Rhône, France

Light ruby in color with medium intensity and some cloudiness.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and light vegetables.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, cherries, strawberries, wood, wet leaves, herbs, forest floor, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with no tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice expression of a piece of history from Southern France. This 39 year old is still showing nice fruits with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tasty and engaging.

Good right out of the bottle, and started dying after an hour of airtime.

Very enjoyable, even by itself, and better than I expected. Another great experience.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.
— 19 days ago

Paul, Alex and 19 others liked this

Domaine du Pere Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

I haven’t drank many Southern Rhône reds and this was a great wine to start with. Very unique characteristics compared to California reds I’m accustomed to. A unique minerality and dark fruit characteristics highlight this wine. — 4 days ago

Micaela Hoogeveen
with Micaela
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Famille Perrin

L'Andéol Rasteau Red Rhône Blend

Terrific nose. Beautiful color. Fruit forward (Grenache?), slightly tannic finish ; but, great with steak. — 6 days ago

Xavier Vignon

SM Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend

Jan A

Non vintage syrah grenache blend scoring 94RP. Typical châteauneuf du pape style with spices on the nose and palate. Earth, Dark fruit, juicy, well balanced — 6 days ago

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Château La Nerthe

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc White Rhone Blend 2017

Exploring southern Rhône blanc wines. This one offers a very satisfying and interesting flavor profile that is rich and soft. I really like it’s distinctive floral and mineral notes and especially it’s eloquent and fragrant finish. — 2 days ago

Lisa Thomas
with Lisa
Kirk, Tom and 10 others liked this

Domaine de la Janasse

Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016

This is a beautiful wine that is both opulent in the breadth of Ira flavors and aromas yet restrained in its compact nature at this point. Clocks in at 14%abv and is filled with pear, white peach, candied orange and lemon peel and a lush wave of white flowers. Borders on being full-bodied but a delight to drink. Lovely now it will only get more complex with age — 10 days ago

Josh, Ira and 17 others liked this

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Recent reviews by some on CT had me curious about how these were evolving so I had to check in myself and personally assess, you know, for science. Popped and poured; consumed over three days. The first day was OTT with red fruit and spices...but mostly the fruit. The spices, really sort of a one-note black pepper bomb, pricking the tongue, perhaps giving a glimpse of something more interesting if patience was exercised. Super clean with no signs of brett. I was almost taken aback because this was coming across rather ham fisted and definitely an outlier for Pegaü. I say almost. Two days later, I revisited the remaining half of the bottle and that’s when things really started to show off. Chewy red and black fruits were still very much in abundance but they were now more delineated and showing somewhat grainy tannins which seems much more pronounced now than they were on the first night. Think the texture of eating a mouthful of brambles. The spices that were teasing on the first night were stepping up to play a more pronounced role taking on more of a black licorice character with some lovely garrigue. Sound structure...though perhaps not as impressive as the 2016 Cuvée Réservée. Long, lip smacking finish though...and really delivering the goods! Based off this experience, I would imagine the best is yet to come for the 2015 Pegaü. If you’re drinking on the pop and pour, prepare for disappointment. These could use some time. I look forward to revisiting in 2025 and beyond. — 12 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Mon Coeur Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2017

Old school CDR that will show better in a couple of years. Barnyard, sour cherry, great structure. — 3 days ago

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Lucien Michel

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 1998

A fav CdP paired to excellent Persian kebabs. Great fruit intensity for a 22y old. Nose of maraschino cherry, candied strawberry, blood orange, and mint. Palette - I don’t know! A lot going on and quite a lot of fruit still, and a stew of other complex flavors. Reminds me of a barley wine. Still has a background of faint, supportive tannin and acid. This may not get much better, but I’m not in a rush to open my last bottle. — 11 days ago

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