High Scoring Bargain Rhones

02 Aug High Scoring Bargain Rhones

High Scoring Rhone Bargains

Stock Up Wines from Southern Rhone Valley

Southern France is a bargains hunters dream. Plush red wines brimming with fruit and a telltale aroma of wild flowers and herbs, they are the perfect pairing with grilled dishes. It doesn’t hurt when they garner outstanding press either! We have a small amount of the following wines in stock, but more coming, so don’t be afraid to stock up.

2012 Michel Gassier “Nostre Pais Rouge,” Costieres de Nimesnostre
On Sale $15.99
Gorgeous black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wild herbs and crushed flowers all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, seamless and thrillingly pure 2012. Possessing fantastic complexity, freshness and textured, it’s an incredible wine from this often overlook appellation. Drink it over the coming 3-5 years.
93-94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Domaine Lafage “Bastide Miraflors” Cotes du Rousillon
On Sale $12.99
He has really hit a home run with this 10,000-case cuvée. It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious. Quite deep, round and succulent, this wine should drink well for another several years. This is one to buy by the case.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Chateau St. Roch “Kerbuccio,” Maury Sec
On Sale $15.99
A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors. Coming all from the black schist soils of the newly created Maury Sec AOC, this full-bodied, sexy, supple and yet still fresh and lively 2014 will drink nicely on release and have 4-5 years or evolution.
90-93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Chateau St. Roch “Chimeres,” Cotes du Rousillon
On Sale $14.99
The 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres is mostly Grenache, yet includes 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and demi-muid, it makes the most of this difficult vintage and have terrific purity in its raspberry, violet, licorice and olive-laced aromas and flavors. Ripe, nicely textured and with bright acidity, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.
90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate

tessellae2014 Domaine Lafage “Tessalae” Cotes du Rousillon
On Sale $15.99
A crazy value, the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes is one of the best examples of this variety from the Roussillon, and the fact that it sells for a song is just icing on the cake for the consumer. Coming all from schist soils and 70-year-old vines, raised 12 months in a mix of concrete tanks and demi-muids, it offers tons of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink this blockbuster over the coming 2-3 years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Michel Gassier “Nostre Pais Blanc,” Costieres de Nimes
On Sale $15.99
One of my favorite whites from the region, as well as a year in, year out value, the 2013 Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs Blanc is 60% Grenache Blanc (always from the same parcel) and the rest Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier. Fermented one-third in barrel and aged eight months on lees, it offers fabulous notes of stone fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers and honeysuckle to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, lively and pure style. While it doesn’t skimp on texture, the focus is more on freshness and purity.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

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