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Mas de Boislauzon

Tintot Special Cuvée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

We pulled this from our cellar and brought it to V. Mertz for dinner. We enjoyed a couple of other wines as aperitifs and then ultimately did what anyone given the opportunity should do: pair it with lamb chops. We poured it into a decanter while we enjoyed the conversation and opening courses. Given the setting, there were no formal notes however, I can confidently report that the 2015 “Tintot” absolutely slaps. From the first sip to the last, it was all balance, power and class. It was also a spectacular showcase for Mourvèdre. It was hard to fully judge color because the lighting was so low but it appeared to be nearly opaque. A touch feral with a slightly gamey element to it but there’s a great big ol’ basket of black and blue fruits with red and purple flowers, garrigue, some black pepper and cedar chest. Structure is still quite firm but totally enjoyable. While this is an unusual assemblage for the region, it still comes across as a wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This was my first “Tintot” and it has left quite the impression. Drink now with an hour decant or over the next 7-10 years. P.S. it probably goes without saying, but the pairing with lamb chops was sublime. — 4 days ago

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E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2018

No formal notes - this is the last of 6 bottles. Notes of mandarin and honeysuckle - luscious - the perfect Winter white. See previous Delectable notes. A regular purchase for me. More than 50% Viognier together with Roussanne and other Rhone white grapes. Amazing consistency considering Guigal makes over 700,000 bottles per year. — 2 days ago

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Ron R

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I must find some of this. How on earth to you make wine on an industrial scale, and still produce a super product. Now that is genius.
Bob McDonald

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I couldn’t agree more Ron. It’s the same with their Rouge. Apparently they pay top Euro for good grapes from the growers, yet manage to produce an affordable every day wine. Somebody like Sherry Lehmann or Costco should have it?

Meadowbank Estate

Pinot Noir 2016

Great to be with good friends from Australia tasting wines we had from our trip to Tasmania in 2016. This was our favorite Pinot and it is still unbelievable. @Ashlee Linck — 5 days ago

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Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2009

Sweaty Animals? Yes please

DAY 1
👃Complex. Distinctive. Amazing. Charcoal, pepper, sweet dark cherries, smoke, barnyard, sweaty animals, earth, garrigue & violets
👅Full bodied. Complex. Balanced. Purple/red fruit, thyme, licorice & pepper. Silky. Finishes with mod+ tannic pull. Delicious
Note: With time in the glass the nose and palate lost some focus and animation. Still drinking well but probably lost 2-3 points

The remaining wine was Slow Decanted in my refrigerator

DAY 12
Slow Decanting this wine did not improve this wine. Just as with Day 1, letting the wine aerate resulted in less intensity. The wine did not develop any faults and was still a very nice glass. It just wasn’t the firecracker it was on first pour

Verdict: A fantastic wine. It was best as soon as it was poured on Day 1. I would not decant this wine or give it extra time in the glass.

Question: I have noticed this with many CdPs in the past. They do not do well with aeration. And it seems particularly true of wines with more structure. Anyone else notice this?
— 2 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

I usually do not decant nor keep older wines to drink later. Some decade old wines fall apart in minutes. Like a 1975 Cab inhaftiert some time back.
Brent Young

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@Pinotman /// Andreas Very true that older wines can fall apart, even in minutes. And some young wines will shut down if they are aerated too much.
Every wine has a sweet spot for oxygenation and Slow Decanting is a tool for finding that spot. Especially helpful for wines that are “closed” on opening and can become more expressive with a small amount of oxygenation🍷🍷
Thanks for your comments 👍

Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2018

Quite dense and dark. CDP blend of Grenache (65%), Syrah (15%) and Mourvèdre (10%) with the balance being made up of small amounts of just about all of the grapes that are permitted. Intense aromas of black fruit with hints of coffee, graphite and beef jerky. Black plum/raspberry/berry fill the pallet with hints of dark chocolate, black licorice and spice. Silky tannins, solid depth and very long finish. Full bodied and muscular, but nicely balanced. Thank you for sharing, Kase! — 10 days ago

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Domaine de la Janasse

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2005

Powerful nose of undergrowth and bright red berry, elegant and so round, fine tannins still framing a beautiful beam of red and black fruit, asian spice, white pepper. Phenomenal and still drinking young. — 4 days ago

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Château Beauchêne

Grande Réserve Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2020

A new style for me.

Nose: meaty, savory, saline…almost some onions. Bagels. Onion bagels??! Mexican food?!? Wow, the Mexican food images really sticks, now I keep smelling tacos…

Taste: heavy, peachy, grapey, sweet onions and herbs, white flowers, honeysuckle, vanilla…almond, apricot. Long finish. I don’t drink a lot of white wine, so my experience (and vocabulary) are both limited here…and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it- it is funky compared to what I am used to…but very complex, and clearly well made stuff. I’ll go 90!
— 4 days ago

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E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2018

The first of 12 and an annual purchase for me. Must be the best value red wine on the planet - $24 AUD per bottle. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre. I don’t know what the annual production would be but it would have to be well over a million bottles. I love Phillipe Guigals philosophy in that he says the CDR is the most important wine they produce because it is the wine most people will first be introduced to the Estate. Fresh savoury red fruits with raspberry to the fore. Quaffable and smashable. — 2 days ago

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Ray Vanderhoff

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Agree with you completely, Bob. Outstanding quality for the price.
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Astonishingly, I’ve never had this (that I can remember). Will pick up a bottle on my next run.
Bob McDonald

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I had to Google the annual production of the Guigal CdR Rouge and would you believe for 2018 it was 4,500,000 bottles!!! A phenomenal effort.

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

Télégramme Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

The 2nd wine to Vieux Telegraphe’s famed La Crau. Sweet Grenache raspberry notes on nose and palate. Fresher, more fruit and less savoury than I was expecting, although there is a note of light tar. Tannins are fine and very fluid. Hasn’t got the depth of La Crau. 80% Grenache 10% Syrah 6% Mourvèdre 4% Cinsault. — 8 days ago

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Jean-Luc Colombo

La Goulue on Madison "Les Abeilles" Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2016

Ruby, purple edges with aromas of red berry fruits and herb notes. On the palate flavors of ripe blackberry and raspberry with dried flower, licorice and spice. Firm tannins on medium finish ending with a herb mineral fruit character. Drink now no aging benefit. — 7 days ago

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