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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This Rasteau is a worthy ambassador of the terroir. The appellation was upgraded to cru this year; a long-awaited and well deserved distinction. Exemplary southern Rhône in style, it has a forward style, great concentration and warrants several years in the cellar.
Blend: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
"Captivating, with fig, boysenberry, linzer torte and blueberry notes all melded together, wrapped with fruitcake and licorice snap and then coursing through the graphite-filled finish. Very dark in profile, with a Turkish coffee note in the background, but great cut and spine overall. Best from 2013 through 2020."
"e 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau Vieilles Vignes reveals the muscular, chocolaty, scorched earth, dense Grenache character of this sun-baked hillside appellation. With a dense ruby/purple color as well as a macho style, this 90% Grenache cuvee is rustic, earthy, full-bodied and massive. Cellar it for 2-4 years and drink it over the following 15+. Range: 91-93"
The Wine Advocate
Domaine Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994. It is a partnership between Dominique Laurent, a former pattisier (and with the girth to go with it) and one of the hottest names in Burgundy, and Michel Tardieu, a dynamic young winemaker. Tardieu-Laurent is an extremely unusual operation in that they are a negociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhone, which...Read More About Tardieu-Laurent
Once just a Cotes-du-Rhone village, the wine of Vacqueyras made its mark and in 1990, gaining its own appellation. The wine is somewhat similar to its northern neighbor, Gigondas, and occasionally even more rustic. Vacqueyras wine gives off the flavors of the earth where the vines grow - wild herbs, spice and rocky soil.
Like other Southern Rhone...Read More About Vacqueyras
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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