2011 Domaine la Collière "La Fontaine" Rasteau
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The top cuvee, which comes from the estate’s oldest vines, is the 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau La Fontaine, which is mostly old vine Grenache blended with a small amount of Mourvedre. The latter component is aged in 600-liter demi-muids and the Grenache spends time in tank. Its dense purple color is followed by copious notes of melted chocolate, kirsch, bouquet garni and a hint of smoked game. This 'locked and loaded,' full-bodied, rich, dense Rasteau is remarkably concentrated for a 2011. It should drink well for a decade. This tiny estate is run by a dedicated, passionate proprietor, Georges Perrot.