2012 Domaine Grand Nicolet "Les Esqueyrons" Rasteau (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1153427 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 And one of the most impressive wines I was able to taste from the appellation, the knockout 2012 Rasteau Les Esqueyrons checks in as a blend of 55% concrete aged Grenache and 45% barrel-aged Syrah. It offers gorgeously pure creme de cassis, black raspberry, violets, wild herbs and hints of toast in its full-bodied, seamless and layered personality. While a big, rich and textured effort, it is perfectly balanced and stays focused and clean. Don’t miss it. Drink 2014-2024. Run by Jean-Pierre Bertrand, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie, this top-notch estate covers over 70 acres, mostly in Rasteau. (JD)  (12/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah): Inky purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry liqueur, cola and licorice, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Energetic blackberry and cassis flavors are sweetened by a building note of mocha. Finishes pliant and spicy, with velvety tannins and a late kick of tangy minerality.  (4/2014)

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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.
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