2001 Rasteau "Fleur de Confiance" Domaine la Soumade (Previously 57)

SKU #1005440

92+ points Robert Parker: "Produced only in top vintages, the Rasteau Fleur de Confiance is one of those fabulous southern Rhone wines that still has not caught on with connoisseurs. Made from 100% Grenache with microscopic yields of 10-15 hectoliters per hectar, and aged in a combination of small barrels and tank, it is usually a blockbuster effort as well as one of the richest made in the southern Rhone. It is also among the most powerful and tannic, and can age for 15-20 years. The 2001...exhibits spicy new oak intermixed with hints of creosote, black currant liqueur, melted licorice, and blackberries. This enormously endowed, full throttle beauty is pure and textured. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years." (02/04) K&L's notes - 100% old-vine grenache with 15% natural alcohol! This big Rhone is aged in new oak barrels and offers lots of toasty oak and raspberry aromas. This will cellar well for 10 years plus.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Rasteau