Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
From a high altitude vineyard near Roaix, at the northern fringe of Southern Rhone, this wine is a blend of very old Grenache and Syrah. The vineyard's elevation gives this dark and concentrated Cotes du Rhone its unique finesse and balance.
This wine was neither fined nor filtered before bottling in order to preserve its personality and intensity. And although this wine could be enjoyed young, it will develop its full character much later and will keep its freshness for at least 20 years after bottling.
Blend: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
The Wine Advocate - "Made with fruit from both Cairanne and Domazon, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cotes du Rhone (85% Grenache and 15% Syrah) is a sleeper of the vintage. With excellent texture as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, this sensational Cotes du Rhone exhibits lusty black cherry, raspberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of lavender, subtle smoke and earth ... Buy this one by the case. Range: 90-92"
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Fresh red fruits and spices on the nose and palate. Gains weight with air but doesn't lose any of its vivacity. Juicy, taut wine with good energy and lift on the spicy, persistent finish.
Les Halos de Jupiter Winery
Les Halos de Jupiter is a project of the highly renowned southern Rhone oenologist Philippe Cambie as well as the proprietor of Chateau Nages, Michel Gassier.
According to poets, Jupiter (Zeus in Greek) is the father, the king of all gods and humans. He rules on mount Olympus and his power is such that he can shake the entire universe by a simple nod of the head. He also represents the spiritual world, organizes the exterior world and is the god of all physical, moral and social rules. According to Mircea Eliade, he is the archetypical head of a patriarchal family.
To Les Halos de Jupiter, Grenache is the king of all grapes and the natural leader of all Rhone varietals. The halo symbolizes the appellations that best express its personality. View all Les Halos de Jupiter 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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