2010 Les Vignerons d'Estézargues Domaine des Fées Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1093118 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The newest cuvee is from a single estate, located just to the west of Lirac, called Domaine des Fees. Bottled separately, there are 1,000 cases for the US market and this blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, aged completely in concrete tanks, is stunning. Gorgeous notes of roasted meats, Provencal herbs, sweet black cherry liqueur, and licorice as well as spice jump from the glass of this dense, ruby/purple-tinged wine. Fresh, full-bodied and juicy, with a velvety texture, it is a beauty that would be best drunk over the next 3-4 years. Think of it as a Chateauneuf du Pape wearing a Cotes du Rhone mask. This co-op, located just south of the village of Chateauneuf du Pape in the sector known as the Gard, has been a perennial top-bargain pick in The Wine Advocate.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Les Vignerons d'Estézargues is a co-op near the town of Avignon, but rather than combine all of the fruit from the different growers to make one wine, Les Vignerons d'Estézargues makes single cuvees from the best plots in a ddition to some blends. The Domaine des Fées is, according to the importer, a blend of Syrah and Grenache that drinks well above its extremely modest price point. This hearty CdR has all of Syrah's meaty-smoky characteristics, with heady spice, dense black fruit, Grenache's cherry lift and a touch of anise, all wrapped up with velvety tannins. Try it with your favorite grilled meat. 15% abv.

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 By: Notwen Cardozo |  Review Date: 8/25/2012 
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Stunning wine. Easy to drink, smooth, seamless, elegant palate, with supple fruit and silky tannins. Normally you'd pay a lot more for a wine with that quality. Probably the best curvee I have had.
Drink from 2012 to 2022

 By: JWF |  Review Date: 6/11/2012 
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For those of you who have liked the Clos de Sixte this is something you need to buy. Although not technically Lirac that appellation comes through on both nose and palate. While good now I believe it will be spectacular in a year or two when the alcohol integrates.
Drink from 2012 to 2018

 By: Reid and Chelene Martin |  Review Date: 5/31/2012 
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Full of ripe dark fruit. Very fresh and built to drink now. Excellent value.
Drink from 2012 to 2014

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15