2008 Châteaux de Rieux "Riussanelle" Minervois (Previously $14.99)
Châteaux de Rieux is a 30 hectare vineyard which has been in the De Soos family since 1870. In the past several years, present day owner Emmanuel de Soos has taken the domaine to new heights, producing a range of wines that are showcase beautifully the unique terroir of Minervois. The 2008 "Riussanelle" comes from vines grown on predominantly limestone soils. Composed of 60% Syrah, 20% Cinsault and 20% Grenache, the grapes are harvested both by hand and mechanically, and then vinified and matured for six months in concrete tank. Pure fruit aromas of blackberries and and black cherry give way to subtle spice and white pepper notes. Open and expressive, the Riussanelle would make a perfect complement to grilled duck breast or steak with fresh herbs. According to Wine Spectator: "A firm, medium-bodied red, with good focus to the red plum and berry flavors, which feature notes of white pepper. The finish is crisp, with meaty overtones. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes" (02/10) 13.5% abv.