2010 Domaine Puig-Parahy "Georges" Côtes du Roussillon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Puig-Parahy 2010 Cotes du Roussillon Georges - about to be bottled when I tasted it - offers its usual exuberant, infectiously juicy, impeccably-clean, tart-edged fruit, reflecting a blend of Carignan, Grenache, and a smidgeon of Syrah, raised in tank. Blackberry and purple plum are tinged with brown spices, bittersweet herbs, and peat-like smokiness. Given the pricing of past vintages, we can expect that this 2010 rendition of "Georges" will once again offer outstanding value over the next several years.
Additional notes from Wine Advocate: "The dry reds and signature fortified wines from Georges Puig's estate southeast of Perpignan are each in their way remarkable, the former for value, and the latter in any number of respects ..one cannot reliably predict from the vintage how "old" a given wine will taste, since its degree of oxidative evolution is in significant part a function of where the wine has been held or whether it has been refreshed from stocks held in tank. Once these wines are bottled, I suspect that they can live-on almost indefinitely - so I have not attempted to assess "drinkability windows" - and after opening, they are extremely resistant to deterioration. Even the oldest Rancio wines of this estate are periodically bottled and put on the market, so those which I most recently tasted can be acquired (though I was still awaiting U.S. retail price indicators when this report went to print) and my notes on them are thus of commercial significance. Incidentally, while I grant grant that it is a bit odd to refer to even some young sweet wines here as "rancio," there is no better alternative, since for all of their high quality not to mention the long history of such wines in this sector of Roussillon and at this estate of such wines, they do not conform to any official present-day appellation." (06/11) 13.5% abv.