Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Grande Reserve 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
This wine is deep purple in color with a nose suggesting spices, liquorice and cooked red fruit. The palate is full bodied with elegant fruit intensity, some spice and harmonious tannins.
Enjoy with confit of duck, game, black truffle omelette, chicken with tarragon cream, creamy cheeses such as Brie or Langue or chocolate desserts.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Seguret Grande Reserve is sensational. A two-grape blend of two-thirds Grenache and the rest Syrah, with the Grenache aged in tank and the Syrah in small barrels, it has terrific freshness, delineation and purity. It is full-bodied, black/purple in color, with stunning richness and intensity. This is another great effort from proprietor McKinlay, who has become the reference point for the wines from the idyllic Provencal hilltop village of Seguret. "
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and concentrated, but very silky and refined, with lots of black tea and incense swirling around the core of cassis, blackberry and plum fruit. The long, anise-infused finish has an iron hint as well."
Domaine de Mourchon Winery
Set in the hills behind Seguret to the east of the Dentelles de Montmirail and to the west of Ventoux, the Dom. de Mourchon enjoys outstanding views overlooking the Rhone Valley. The vines average age is over 35 years. The Domaine if one of 11 private producers making wine under the Cotes du Rhone Seguret appellation. View all Domaine de Mourchon Wines
About Cotes du Rhone
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewRon Blachman - Berkeley, CA511/23/2014
Bottled and corked to last and a good thing, too! This needs until 2018 or later but it will be worth it. Dark ruby-garnet, medium body, very leggy. Big nose, initially just generally vinous but it opens with air to reveal: plums, cooked cherry, coffee, something floral, a hint of oak. Big, mouth-filling flavors - tarry fruit, at first the acid seemed a bit short but it came up with air,firm and prominent tannins. The nose and flavors both wanted some air to develop and I'll be holding this wine for a few years but it is pretty impressive. Is it expensive for a Cotes du Rhone Village? I'd say not because it is also an estate wine and a very big Rhone. First Rate but plan to hold it a while; my five stars are for what this wine will be in five years but even now it worth four.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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