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Wine Advocate 92"The exceptional 2009 Crozes-Hermitage is one of the top wines of the vintage. A complex bouquet of black olives, licorice, ground beef, spring flowers and red and black currants soars from the glass of this 100% Syrah that is aged in 3-year-old barrels as well as larger foudres.
Robert Parker 90"The sensational 2011 Vin de Pays Syrah-Sublime (100% Syrah) reveals sumptuous notes of spring flowers, blackberries, cassis, licorice and forest floor. Drink this complex, textured, full-bodied vin de pays over the next 2-3 years, although it may last even longer."
" Traditionally dominated by Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc, since 1991, the Guigals have searched for and encouraged plantings of Viognier for their Cotes du Rhone Blanc, and with the 2012 vintage the wine has 65% Viognier, complemented notably by Marsanne from St.-Péray and Roussanne,
Wine Advocate 91-93" The blockbuster 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Centenaire tastes more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Cotes du Rhone. Dominated by Grenache with a small amount of Syrah included in the blend, the wine possesses great intensity, a terrific texture, full-bodied power, and
Robert Parker 92"Given the pricing of Corcia’s wines, these all represent very good value. The Chateauneuf du Papes are all aged in older Burgundy barrels, and the production in 2010 is especially small because of the poor flowering of the Grenache that year which resulted in a loss of 30-40% of
Wine Spectator 94"Rock-solid, with a great core of dark plum and fig fruit woven with incense, Turkish coffee, melted licorice and mineral notes. The long finish lets the mouthwatering acidity carry it all nicely. There's impressive drive and density. Best from 2010 through 2020. 2,500 cases
Wine Advocate 89" As for the red wines, first and foremost is Guigal’s Cotes du Rhone. I re-tasted the 2010 Cotes du Rhone, which is still in foudre. This cuvee is typically a blend of 50% Syrah and the rest Grenache and perhaps some Mourvedre. Guigal is known throughout the Rhone Valley for
Wine Advocate 87 "A big, luscious and fruit-loaded Cotes du Rhone, the 2012 Petit Chapeau dishes out loads of blueberry, blackberry, spice, licorice and hints of leather to go with a soft, mouth-filling profile on the palate. There’s not a whole lot of back-end depth here, but it’s, nevertheless,
" Deep, bright pink with purplish glint. Expressive nose on red fruits : fresh strawberry and blackcurrant bud. Round attack, powerful and full-bodied, with a beautiful fruity and spicy complexity." ~ Winery notes
Stephen Tanzer 94-96"Brilliant ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and lavender on the intensely perfumed nose. Juicy, focused and pure, with excellent depth to its raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Puts on weight with air without any loss of vibrancy. The mineral element carries
Stephen Tanzer 90"Deep ruby. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of candied red fruits and lavender, with Asian spice and herb topnotes. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a good snap of acidity. Closes silky and long, with lingering spiciness and very good clarity.
Stephen Tanzer 92"Ruby-red. Pungent, seductive perfume of dark berry preserves, blood orange, potpourri and spicecake. Silky and energetic but surprisingly dense, offering intense red and dark berry flavors and notes of licorice and candied lavender. This nicely balanced, already-delicious wine
Wine Advocate 94"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is dominated by Grenache with major amounts of Mourvedre, Syrah and other authorized varietals. Its dense ruby/plum color is followed by aromas of smoked meats, roasted Provencal herbs, a gamy character and lots of kirsch, black currant and blue
"The southern Rhône Valley was blessed by the heavens in 2010. Spring was normal and summer was warm and dry – but not excessively so – which permitted the grapes to mature in the most optimal conditions. The wines are rich and dense; fresh with grains of tannins of great distinction. A vintage
"A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish. This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat
Wine Spectator 90"This has a fleshy feel, with toasty grip well-embedded, allowing the core of plum sauce, crushed blackberry and black tea notes to glide along nicely. Drink now through 2013. 3,500 cases made.""Grape varieties : Grenache 65%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre 5%. Grown in 8 hectares of
Wine Advocate 95"Coming from a cooler, sandy terroir in the northeastern part of the appellation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (which comes 80% from the Chaupoin lieu-dit and 20% from the La Janasse lieu-dit, hence the subtle name change) is 100% Grenache, from vines planted in 1912,
International Wine Cellar 92"Deep ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, cassis and musky herbs. Ripe and smooth in texture but surprisingly lively, offering juicy dark fruit flavors and notes of spicecake and anise. Shows no rough edges on the sappy, spicy, very long finish. I also had the chance
"Michel Chapoutier says that one of the most difficult tasks of a vineyardist and winemaker is to make a serious, high-quality wine, yet have it remain a good value. His "Belleruche" wines accomplish just that. M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc is a great introduction to one of the world's most
Wine Advocate 92 - JD"One of the wines of the vintage, the 2011 Gigondas shows the house style with its exotic, perfumed bouquet of lavender, sappy herbs, toasted bread and sweet blackcurrants. Beautifully fresh and pure (especially in the vintage), this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated 2011 can
Wine Spectator 86"The solid plum and anise flavors are entwined with a graphite note, lending the finish good definition. Drink now." - JMRobert Parker 84-86"The 2011 Cotes du Rhone may turn out to be as good, if not better, as it exhibits a darker color as well as more berry fruit, meat and
"On the southern edge of the Rhone Valley near the ancient city of Nimes the legendary mistral winds of Provence sweep over the vines and out to the Mediterranean Sea. The Latin name for these north-northwest winds is CERCIUS – the defining feature and raison d’etre for partners Michel Gassier,
" A selection from a parcel of our Lauzes (limestone), a blend of 8 grapes (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Picpoul and Bourboulenc), for a wine combining fruit, minerality and spice. A ruby color, a nose of berries and intense notes of minerality charm your taste buds." ~
Robert Parker 91"The 2010 Gigondas La Font du Tonin (400 cases produced) comes from the estate’s oldest vines and is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. It possesses fuller body along with striking concentration, an enticing texture, and lots of black raspberry and blueberry fruit