2007 Domaine Rouge Bleu "Le Mistral" Côtes du Rhône

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91 points Wine Spectator: "This has impressive depth, with a very solid core of blackberry and macerated currant fruit, layered with dark, alluring toast, smoked applewood, tar, melted licorice and mineral. The long, muscular finish is round and integrated, but still needs some time to stretch out fully. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Roussanne. Drink now through 2011." (04/09) Domaine Rouge-Bleu is definitely a name to watch on the Rhone Valley radar. In 2006, Jean-Marc Espinasse and his American wife, the writer Kristin Espinasse, acquired approximately 20 acres of vines, along with a 400+ year old farm house near the Côtes du Rhône village of Ste Cecile les Vignes. After anointing the property Domaine Rouge-Bleu, they promptly set about the task of making delicious natural wines with tons of heart and soul. With the generous help of a small army of French and American friends, a winemaking uncle (Jean-Claude Vidal at Château Banneret in Châteauneuf-du-Pape), and a great blog chronicling the trails, tribulations and fun of making wine in the south of France, team Rouge Bleu has hit the ground running. The domaine's top cuvee, "Mistral" is composed of 71% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre and 2% Roussanne. Big, rich and savory, this over-achieving Cotes du Rhone should be a mandatory requirement for your next Provencal meal, which might include beef sirloin with fresh herbs or roasted pork loin with sage. 14.5% abv.

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By: BARRY ZACHARIAS | Review Date: 3/19/2010
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I let this decant for 2 hours per the recommendation of a friend who introduced me to this wine. The aroma was engulfing. The flavor was excellent. I was expecting heavy tannins but was pleasantly surprised when it was very smooth to drink. Can't wait to have the other bottle now.

By: KLF | Review Date: 5/18/2009
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This dense, super rich wine is one of the best 07s from K&L (quality for the dollar) I have purchased thus far. A cross between new and old worlds. I agree that this one needs time for the tanins to soften and the grenache to become a bit more gamey...this will happen, right Mulan?

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5