2009 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) "Cuvee Julie" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $30)

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90-92 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Julie (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah) has a more saturated ruby/purple color and a big, sweet kiss of blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry, licorice, and camphor. Full-bodied, with unctuosity and some heady alcohol, it displays impressive purity, texture, and depth and should drink well for at least a decade or more." (10/10) Alain Corcia, the Burgundy negociant, ironically does most of his best work with his southern Cotes du Rhone selections. He has built a very nice portfolio of excellent values at the low end and some serious Chateauneuf du Papes (all named after his family members). The Chateauneuf du Papes are all aged in small traditional Burgundy barrels with no new oak, but the blends vary considerably. The wines, named after Alain Corcia’s children, wife, and father, are all produced in lots of about 250 cases. 14% abv.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
As I say to my customers that ask about this wine: "It is "ready, willing and able!" Ready to drink, though it will keep improving, for a decade. Very much a classic Châteauneuf despite the unbelievable price, and it sure delivers.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2011  | Send Email
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Big, red and black fruits with supple tannin. Gobs of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry fruit. A hint of anise and very subtle spice. Wonderful now but, will age very well.

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/22/2011  | Send Email
Probably the biggest of the lineup, big ripe black and blueberry, nice acid, balanced, with hints of cracked nutmeg on the finish.

 By: Erik Wait |  Review Date: 10/10/2011 
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I tasted this one BLIND and was really surprised when I discovered the price, a great wine for under $30. Here were my notes:

Visual: Deep plumb to violet on the rim, no obvious signs of aging.

Nose: Blackberry jam, but not too jammy, fig, dried plumb (NOT prunes), and black pepper with just a hint of vanilla.

Palate: The nose is confirmed with more pepper on the immediate attack, silty tannins that have a slight drying affect, a wee bit of heat on the back end but it is well balanced and a peppery finish on the return.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14