Category Archives: Rhone

Vignobles Brunier Le Pigeoulet en Provence Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2009

RHONE | FRANCE | $17

Young blackberry and raspberry fruit accented with herbal notes of thyme and bay, plus graphite, tar, licorice and a hint of camphor. Light-medium bodied, near weightless on the palate, with a perk of acidity and a slight tannic pucker. His repartee in excess, the introduction elicits some initial contempt; unable to break away, one’s mannered tolerance forces sufficient time for this character’s abundant charm and depth to eventually erode the chill. 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 5% Carignan. A good wine. (Reviewed 7/14/12)

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Chateau de Marjolet Laudun Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009

RHONE | FRANCE | $16

Deep, ripe cherry and dark berry fruit showing notes of licorice, coffee, cardamom and chalk. Fruit flavors dominate but with balance. Full bodied, delivering a laden, satin mouth feel and a savory finish. Decanting or time in the glass — or perhaps more bottle age — opens up an initial tightness to reveal a lovely wine. Shy at first, a little coaxing brings out a vivacious charmer. 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. A good wine. (Reviewed 7/1/12)

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