Treasures of the Southern Rhone, Part 1, Featuring Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and More! Informal Rhône Dinner at Racines, Thurs 12/15...

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As the weather gets colder, we'd like to feature some of our favorite wines from the Southern Rhone, which are such great accompaniments to hearty winter meals. We tend to prefer those wines made in a "traditional" style - from old vines with whole-cluster fermentations and aging in used barrels, foudres or cement vats, but of course there are exceptions, especially for Marcel Richaud and our friends at La Ferme Saint-Martin...

First on our list, and our currrent favorites in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, are the beautiful wines of Domaine Pierre Andre. Jacqueline André presides over the non-interventionist legacy of her father Pierre in the village of Courthézon, where the Andrés have worked biodynamically “depuis toujours” to translate their quartzite/clay/limestone terroir and 15 hectares of old vines (some up to 160 years old) into the most harmonious and traditional Châteauneuf-du-Papes on the market. Today we are offering the last few precious bottles of the 2010 and the just arrived 2011s - a superb vintage to drink young and that will cellar beautifully as well.  And their CDP Blanc is one of the finest produced in the appellation, made from 90 year-old Clairette vines along with Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc.

A new discovery for us is the fantastic (yes, fantastic) 2014 Chapelle St. Theodoric "les Sablons" from importer Peter Weygandt and winemaker Baptiste Grangeon. From parcels of old vines on sand soils near Chateu Rayas, this is a very elegant, lighter-bodied Chateauneuf, made in a completely traditional style with organic farming, showing remarkably pure sappy fruit and fabulous length - it's utterly delicious now and should develop well over the next ten to fifteen years. Highly recommended!

Laurent Charvin is, of course, one of the most respected producers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, practicing organic farming, whole-cluster fermentations and aging in cement vats. In 2013, the estate produced a lovely wine in an extremely pretty medium-bodied style that can be enjoyed immensly for it's very pretty youthful fruit and that will be a superb mature wine, probably best at between five and fifteen years of age.

Some of my favorite visits to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, beginning in 1990, were to the Boiron family at Bosquet des Papes. Happily the estate has maintained their somewhat old-fashioned style of winemaking and continues to produce real wines of terroir. 2009 was an excellent vintage here and we are happy to offer two of the estates top cuvees which are just entering their mature phase and drinking beautifully - as well as their excellent 2015 Chateauneuf Blanc which has just arrived!

We'd also like to offer two outstanding wines from Marcel Richaud and La Ferme Saint-Martin. Although not strictly "traditional," both these estates are historic leaders in organic farming and natural winemaking in the Southern Rhone. The two wines featured today are indescribably delicious and the "Les Romanins" from Guy and Thomas Jullien is one of the best values on the planet!

Pierre Andre 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Jacqueline André makes this superb white Chateauneuf-du-Pape from one hectare of vines - 40% Clairette planted in the 1920s, with 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. Biodynamic farming, aged in vat, malo blocked. Fabulous aromas of pear and green apple with lemon blossom, stone and dried fruits. Very saline and mineral on the palate with intense flavors of dried pear, apple, hazelnut, anise and stone. very dense and long with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the finish. Terrific wine - delicious now with fish or chicken in sauce and  full flavored cheeses, or cellar, perhaps best 2020 to 2030. DL

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Richaud 2014 Cairanne

 The Richaud 2014 Cairanne is a gorgeous wine made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre, partly made with carbonic maceration. The aromas are ripe and vivid with black cherry, red currant and floral notes backed by earth and dark chocolate. The palate shows lush, bright fruit - a beautiful and intense melange of berries lifted by cool acidity and mineral flavors with fabulous length. Three days later the wine is showing beautifully with a bit more spice in the aromas and fabulous minty black fruits on the palate, very long and complex.  Bravo to Marcel Richaud! Serve this lovely wine quite cool with just about anything!

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Dinner - Southern Rhone Thursday 12/15 7:00pm Racines NY 94 Chambers St

Please join us at Racines NY for a very informal dinner featuring wines of the Southern Rhone. John McIlwain will bring a few gems from his cellar, we'll bring some 2009 Bosquet des Papes and our favorite new relaeases, including the sensational 2015 Gigondas from Clos du Joncuas - you will bring a favorite Rhone wine to share with the group. We'll enjoy a fabulous Rhone-style dinner from Chef Frédéric Duca of Racines - a good time will be had by all. $130 all inclusive of dinner, tax, tip and the wine we bring.

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Pierre André 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vacarese, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2010 is a tighter and more structured wine than the voluptuous 2009, an elegant Chateauneuf-du-Pape that is built to last! Tasted last winter, it showed aromas of ripe blackberry with spice, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes. Fabulous palate with deep black fruits with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. Terrific length and density, just opening slightly but ideally give this wine at least five more years and enjoy until 2035. Just a great bottle of Châteauneuf,  one of our favorites from this great vintage!  Highly recommended.  David Lillie

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Pierre Andre 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Jacqueline André made another superb Chatauneuf-du-Pape in 2011,  much more enjoyable as a young wine than the firmer-structured 2010, but the wine will age beautifully as well. The aromas are typically ripe and complex, showing berry liqueur, smoke, garrigue, cassis, earth and stone. The palate shows deep, round black fruits, earth, tobacco, spice and citrus notes with tannins that are soft and round. This is a lovely CDP to drink now, that shows the great farming and traditional winemaking of the André family and is highly recommended.  Hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. (Organic since 1980 (the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vacarese, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years.)

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Chapelle St. Theodoric 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sablons

I don't normally think of Chateauneuf-du-Pape on Thanksgiving, but this elegant, relatively light-bodied version would be a brilliant choice for your hoilday meal.   "Chapelle St. Theodoric is a project between winemaker Baptiste Grangeon and importer Peter Weygandt.  There are two parcels; one in the lieu-dit La Guigasse, which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 year; and the other parcel at the top of Pignan, literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand and also pure, old vines Grenache. The vinification is traditional, that is to say, whole-cluster, such as employed  by Jacques Reynaud at Chateau Rayas, Laurent Charvin, Henri Bonneau. In the 2014 vintage, it was decided to put all of the La Guigasse and some of the Grand Pin into  Les Sablons, because of the more forward style of 2014." - Weygandt-Metzler.  The 2014 "Les Sablons" is indeed a very lovely Châteauneuf, showing beautiful ripe red currant and black cherry aromas with hints of brown spice, rose, earth and musk. The palate is light and fine but very dense with sappy red fruits, citrus, earth and mineral flavors with hints of licorice and prune. The finish is long and lingering, with firm acidity showing good aging potential. Elegant and delicious now - serve slightly cool - perhaps best 2020 to 2030. Three cheers to Peter Weygandt and Baptiste Grangeon for producing this lovely old-school Châteaneuf-du-Pape!

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Charvin 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine Charvin is one our favorite Chateauneuf-du-Papes - they have old Grenache vines, fermentations are whole-cluster and there is no new oak - in fact no oak at all in the cellar. The 2013 is a lovely CDP to drink young, showing a pretty melange of ripe cherry, raspberry and red currant with rose, blood orange and garrigue. The palate is very sappy and dense, without excess weight, with cherry, red currant, spice, citrus and earthy flavors with  a long finish of red  fruits and saline minerals. Quite delicious now served with pork and lamb dishes or a daube nicoise - it will become a superb mature wine, best 2021 to 2030. DL


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Bosquet des Papes 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Pere

(98% Grenache with Cinsault, Clairette, Bourboulenc, 60 to 90 years old, picked late.  50% de-stemmed, aged in large barrels, casks and vats) As the name suggests, this is old-school CDP, almost all Grenache, not over-extracted or softened with Syrah and Mourvedre. "Bright ruby. Musky, expansive aromas of raspberry, strawberry compote and fresh flowers. Accentuated by a penetrating quality and impressive grip to the black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes with alluring perfume and mounting tannins." JR Drink from 2014 to 2027.

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Bosquet des Papes 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante le Merle VV

Mostly from 80 to 100 year-old Grenache vines, with Syrah and Mourvedre. Whole-cluster fermentation, aged in a combination of old and young barrels (no new) and concrete vat. A great Chateauneuf, showing ripe, supple black fruits, spice, earth and licorice. Quite elegant and balanced. Really beggining to drink well now, and will improve over the next ten years. Look no further for a special bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape... 

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Bosquet des Papes 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante le Merle VV 1.5 L

Mostly from 80 to 100 year-old Grenache vines, with Syrah and Mourvedre. Whole-cluster fermentation, aged in a combination of old and young barrels (no new) and concrete vat. A great Chateauneuf, showing ripe, supple black fruits, spice, earth and licorice. Quite elegant and balanced. Really beginning to drink well now, and will improve over the next ten years. Look no further for a special bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape...

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Bosquet des Papes 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Tradition

The 2015 Bosquet des Papes Blanc is particularly delicious in this exceptional vintage, combining beautiful ripeness with a surprising level of freshness and acidity. The wine shows slightly honeyed white fruits with hints of fennel and spice. The palate is ripe and supple but bright with pear, citrus and garrigue flavors that continue on the refreshing finish. Lovey wine - serve with grilled fish, fish in sauce, Asian foods, mild cheeses. DL

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Texier 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

"In Châteauneuf over the last few years, it has become more and more difficult to harvest Grenache grapes that are not over-ripe. Especially when the yields are as tiny as in 2013, due to coulure (faulty flowering that doesn’t produce fruit). Our plot of old vines is exposed full North on the Crau, and that helped to keep the fresh character of the vintage, resulting in a livelier and more structured wine than in 2012, in the vein of 2006. The small size of the crop forced us to use Burgundian barrels, and we shortened the aging time to limit any wood aromatics. The wine can be drunk now, or kept for a long time, especially if it evolves like 2006. Aged 14 months in Burgundian barrels of 8-10 years, SO2 adjusted to a total of 25 mg/l at bottling. 1,418 bottles  and 12 magnums" - Eric Texier

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Ferme Saint-Martin 2015 Côtes du Rhône Les Romanins

Guy Jullien at the Ferme Saint-Martin is one of the pioneers of organic and natural winemaking in the southern Rhône, and his great work continues under his son Thomas. Made from hand-harvested young vines of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, the 2015 "Romanins" has deep, complex aromas of crushed blackberries with citrus, floral, spice and earthy notes. The palate shows deep, round red and black fruits, but remains balanced and pretty, with bright acidity, good length and lovely fruit lingering in the finish. This lovely, great value Côtes-du-Rhône will be perfect with a stew or steak, or anything grilled. Serve slightly chilled. (Bottled with minimal SO2, not fined or filtered.)

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Ferme Saint-Martin 2015 Côtes du Rhône Blanc

Guy and Thomas Jullien make a small quantity of fascinating and delicious white Cotes du Rhône on their organic estate in Suzette, on the slopes of the Dentelles near Beaumes-de-Venise. "Le Blanc" is made from 45% Clairette, 45% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc grown at high altitude on clay/limestone soils, vinified with some skin contact and with minimal SO2. The 2015 shows soft aromas of tangerine, lime flower, almond butter, and anise along with deeper notes of exotic tropical melon. The palate is broad and textured with a melange of fruit reminiscent of white peach, pineapple, mandarin orange, and apricot balanced by a gentle acidity and the most subtle suggestion of tannin. This would be fantastic with rich fish dishes, pork, and poultry of all kinds. Tim Gagnon

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