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2009 Hommage a Jacques Perrin, WA99
"Potentially the wine of the vintage, the 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin had just been bottled two weeks before my visit. A wine of extraordinary density, richness, precision and unreal flavor intensity, it reveals abundant gamey, meaty notes intermixed with smoked duck, Provencal herbs, blueberries, blackberries, kirsch and licorice. This loaded, multidimensional, massively concentrated 2009 is much softer than most Hommages. It should be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30-40 years thereafter." - 99pts, Wine Advocate 10/11
1989 La Bernardine
Magnum - 97pts WA
"The sensational 2009 Vacqueyras should age as well as its 2004 counterpart, but it is a headier cuvee with relatively high alcohol (probably 15+%). It exhibits abundant notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice and raspberry in addition to a full-bodied style filled with fruit and character. Aged completely in tank, it comes across like a family member of the great Chateau Rayas." - 93+pts WA
2012 Terre d'Emile
75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. This is a straight-up, friendly Southern Rhone perfect for the season. Vacqueyras is situated close to Gigondas & Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Warm, ripe fruit streaked with surprisingly racy acidity makes for a refreshing wine at the richer end of the spectrum. The Barnier's plantings in Vacqueyras cover only 12 hectares, so not much of this is produced. Vacqueyras, formerly a Cotes-du-Rhone, was granted its own AOC in 1990, the first in the region since Gigondas in 1971. More than 95% of the wine produced here is red. One key difference between the wines of Vacqueyras and Gigondas is the proportion of Grenache required by their respective appellation laws. All Gigondas red wines must comprise at least 80% Grenache, whereas Vacqueyras wines are required to contain only 50% of this classic southern Rhone variety. The use of more Syrah & Mourvedre gives the wines a slightly more rustic profile. Drink or hold for a couple of years.
2000 Chateauneuf du Pape
2001 Reine des Bois
2001 Cuvee Barberini
"The outstanding 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Barberini (a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged 24 months in 40% small barrels and 60% neutral wood foudres) boasts an inky/ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, melted licorice, graphite, smoke, and truffles. Full-bodied, lush, and expansively flavored, with tremendous purity as well as density, this brilliant 2001 is already starting to strut its stuff." - 93pts WA
2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages
80% Grenache/20% Syrah. Valreas is a veteran among the array of "named Cotes-du-Rhone Villages" wines. In 1967 the INAO awarded the area this distinction, signifying its production of wines that are unique due to the terroir of the most north-easterly section of the vast Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. The climate here is towards the cooler end of the Mediterranean type, and one of the coolest of the southern Rhone valley. The Alps are a stone's throw away. Its vineyards owe their special distinction to the exposure of the local hillsides, which are north and west-facing and lie at altitude. The predominantly clay soils therefore retain coolness and humidity and are less prone to drought than those which experience the full force of the sun. Another factor which gives the wine its special quality is the stream of cold air descending from the Alpine foothills, which cools the vines. These factors all contribute an elegance to the wine, a sleek quality that is rare in the Southern Rhone, home to full-bodied, fruit-forward wines that can be fairly high in alcohol, thanks to their high Grenache content.
Like Châteauneuf, Gigondas may be made from any combination of 13 regional grapes but tends to focus primarily on just three: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
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