Pre-arrival offer of top 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape and other southern Rhone wines
By: Karen & Joel ~
Every year at this time, if not sooner via travel, we have a chance to taste a wide range of top producers from the afore-mentioned famous appellation outside of Avignon. Additionally, these pre-bottling samples are accompanied by some of their less expensive stablemates; Côtes du Rhone, Lirac, Gigondas etc.
Rhone wines are among my favorites, over 40 years of tasting in and visiting the region amply demonstrate that the overall quality and style of these wines also rank high for value—great bang for the buck!
Chateauneuf du Pape (CdP) New Chateau of the Pope - in 2013 produced wines with overall deep color and less alcohol than in 2012 or 2010, recent powerful vintages. They are still powerful, but growing conditions limited the amount of Grenache produced, thus making producers rely more on the darker colored, richly structured Syrah and Mourvedre. I like that! The wines show darker berry fruit, more savory aromas, are less jammy and alcoholic, with fine structure to keep several years. In most years, wines from CdP’s many fine producers are composed of 75-85% Grenache, plus the other grapes noted before and several others. 2013 didn’t favor the heat-loving, but easily oxidized Grenache, so Grenache often represents only 50-60% of the blends.
Nearby appellations like Gigondas and Lirac using similar blends to CdP experienced similar growing conditions and thus the wines are fresh, full-flavored and great values. This holds true, too, for Côtes du Rhone. Wines to enjoy at the table with a wide range of dishes! Unfortunately, 2013 was not a high volume year, so how much we can get of these wines is…well, not as much as we might like to!
Here is your opportunity to pre-order some of our favored wines at advantageous prices. All pre-arrival prices are NET, no further discounts (though you can build a case with other wines and receive our case discount price on those). The wines will arrive (so the importer maintains!) June-August. - Call or email to order, and we will do our best to confirm quantities to you as soon as possible. Joel
2013 Domaine Boisson Côtes du Rhone: (40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 5% each Cinsault/Mourvedre - Solid color, spicy Syrah smoked meat and berry flavors with good freshness and well-balanced fruit. $14.95/$11.95 net
2013 Domaine Boisson Cairanne: 50 Grenache, 20% each Syrah/Mourvedre, 10% Carignan - Richer and even more savory than above, with fine Grenache strawberry/cherry fruit and nice length. $23.00/$18.50 net
2013 Domaine la Consonniere Lirac: 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre - Deep color, dark berry Syrah fruit & spice. Real length, savory, w/a solid, sweet fruit finish. $23.00/$18.50 net
2013 Domaine Bertrand Stehelin Gigondas: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre - The exception to the rule, with glorious Grenache cherry-pomagranate fruit juiciness, enrichened by strong, anise-spice savory nuances, fine rich tannins and no rusticity. One of my favorites of the newer producers in this wonderful zone next to Chateauneuf! $37.00/$29.00 net
2013 Chateau Fortia Cuvée Baron Chateauneuf du Pape: 45% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre - still rather closed in. Full color. Dense, compact very savory Syrah berry flavors and texture, with firm but fine tannins and very good extract. Meatier and richer than usual due to the blend. $42.00/$33.50 net
2013 Domaine de la Côtes du L’Ange Chateauneuf du Pape: 90% Grenache, 5% each Syrah/Mourvedre - Solid color. Very Grenache, open-knit black cherry and spice aromas with good fruit density, lovely supple fruit, fine tannins. Polished. Not huge, but fine. These folks knew how to grow Grenache in this difficult year! $47.00/$37.50 net
2013 Domaine Le Vieux Donjon Chateaueuf du Pape: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault—Perhaps my favorite ‘traditional’ CdP producer. Medium color, lovely floral grenache raspberry/savory bouquet with Syrah pepper on the finish. Fine texture, length and solid, spicy flavors. $71.50/$57.00 net
2013 Domaine Albin Jacumin: 70% Grenache, 15% each Syrah/Mourvedre - An old domaine, but only recently bottling more than a little percentage of their production for themselves. Full color. Dense, dark licorice-black fruit bouquet. Real richness, fine velvety texture and not too much alcohol showing on the finish. Very stylish. $45.00/$36.00 net
2013 Mas de Boilauzon Chateauneuf du Pape: 50% each Grenache/ Mourvedre! - Deep ruby color. Lovely fresh strawberry jam, then gamy-savory Mourvedre aromas. Quite attractive, meaty finish with spice, anise and dark berry fruit flavors. Firm, rich concentrated wine that will probably age a decade or more! $52.00/$41.75 net
2013 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf du Pape: 40% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah - Many of you may know this property by its former name Cuvée de Vatican made by Jean Marc Diffonty. Modern times, new label and name, same great quality! Full color, Dense and meaty nose, with savory spicy accents. Texturally fine and rich, big fruit, lots of peppery fruit, and quite ripe & well-extracted. A big mouthful! $55.75/ $44.50 net