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

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90-93 points Robert Parker: "A blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre, the 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Patricia shows perhaps the most intense, exuberant, and boisterous fruit and texture of the entire line-up. It is a rich, full-bodied, full-throttle Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next 10-15 years. 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. (10/10) 14% abv.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/2/2011  | Send Email
Corcia's 09 Cuvee Patricia has a forward nose of ripe, red fruit and oak spice. It is full-bodied, with a core of plump fruit framed by silky tannins. This is an accessible, modern style of Chateauneuf that isn't too flashy or over-the top. At $25, is represents a great crossover value for fans of riper, more polished new world wines seeking to branch out to explore the Rhone Valley.

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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