I hope that you all had a nice Labor Day Weekend (despite some pretty disappointing football outcomes). To help ease you back into the realities and monotony of the work week, I’ve got not one, but two Southern Rhone gems for you. The Southern Rhone Valley is known for reds blended from the Grenache, Syrah, & Mouvedre grapes. I’ve got two quintessential examples of the classic GSM blend for you today, the value from the powerhouse producer and the recently released, perfectly aged icon.
2013 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes du Rhone
Marcoux is one of the most renowned producers of Chateauneuf du Pape out there. Massive and powerful, there are few better than Marcoux’s Vieilles Vignes CNDP. The Cotes du Rhone is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, & 10% Mouvedre from 40-60 year old vines bordering Chateauneuf.
MySomm Tasting Notes: “Not quite as robust as it’s big brother from Chateauneuf, this Cotes du Rhone from Marcoux nonetheless exudes powerful aromas of juicy red and black berries, kirsch liqueur, freshly crushed black peppercorn, violets, & hints of anise. Medium bodied and elegant on the palate, the juicy berry notes evolve into more savory flavors with exotic Middle Eastern spices and roasting meat flavors forming the core of the wine. The tannins are bold but not rough and the wine has lovely, persistent acidity on the finish.”
MySomm Price: $21.50 Delivered
1999 Chateau Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du pape
Vieux Lazaret is, in my opinion, one of the best values in Chateauneuf du Pape. Perhaps the best thing about them is their propensity to hold wines back and release them when they are at their peak The 1999 has been aging in their cellar and was recently released for your drinking pleasure.
MySomm Tasting Notes: “After more than a decade laying in the dark, cool cellars of Lazaret, this Chateauneuf is in a perfectly tertiary state. The nose is a gorgeous array of dried rose petals, cedar, dried red fruit and worn leather. Light medium bodied, the palate is seductively savory, with earthy spice flavors joining he dried fruit and herbs. The mid-palate is succulent with dusty earth notes and dried floral accents. The tannins are totally integrated and the wine has a long, dusty finish with soft acidity.”
MySomm Price: $69.90 Delivered
So there you have it, two options for your drinking pleasure. One, a Cotes du Rhone made for frequent drinking from a masterful producer. Marcoux isn’t the most inexpensive Cotes du Rhones on the market but the quality offered in their Cotes du Rhones is on par with some lesser Chateauneuf du Papes. On the other hand you have a classic Chateauneuf that 17 years old, aged perfectly for you, under $70. You’d be hard pressed to find any other wine that is available at it’s peak age at this kind of price point. Wine to arrive this Thursday for Friday delivery. Don’t miss out on these.