2006 Domaine Durand "Les Côteaux" Saint-Joseph (Previously $24.99)

SKU #1039938 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 St Joseph les Coteaux started out reductive and sticky, yet blossomed with time in the glass to show a wild, feral side to Syrah in its black currant, crushed rocks, bacon fat and bloody meat aromas and flavors. Beautiful on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness and an elegant, seamless texture and perfectly integrated acidity, Old-World traditionalists will love this wine! (JD)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Domaine Durand is a family owned domaine run by brothers Eric and Joel Durand. The estate is comprised of 13 hectares of syrah vines, 8 of which are located in Saint-Joseph, and 5 hectares in Cornas. On these predominantly granitic slopes, and in the hands of these two talented brothers, the noble syrah grape finds fantastic expression. The 2005 Saint-Joseph "Les Coteaux" comes from select vineyard sites planted in the southern end of the appellation near Châteaubourg. After a manual harvest, the grapes undergo a cold maceration, followed by a 15 to 21 day vinification. The wine is then aged in casks of 225 and 600 liters for 12 months before bottling. "Les Coteaux" is chock full of crushed red fruits, spice and damson plums. The tannins are fine and supple, which facilitates this lovely Rhone to be consumed now and over the next few years with grilled quail, duck or leg of lamb. What a lovely example of northern Rhone syrah from Saint-Joseph. 13%abv.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2008 | Send Email
More floral and a touch more grip than the Cornas from this same producer. This is still magnificent syrah from an often over-looked region.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


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