2012 Domaine la Colliere "La Fontaine" Rasteau

SKU #1237069 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even more impressive, the estate's old vine cuvee, the 2012 Rasteau La Fontaine, is consistently one of the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. A blend of mostly tank-aged Grenache, with a splash of Mourvedre (aged in demi-muid), this gorgeous effort tastes like the essence of Rasteau. Black fruits, dried spices, garrigue and mineral-like aromas all flow from the glass and this full-bodied, concentrated and blockbuster-styled Rasteau will benefit from a year or two in the cellar, and evolve gracefully for upward of a decade. Located in Rasteau, Domaine La Colliere is run by the talented Georges Perrot, with consulting advice from Philippe Cambie. Both of these 2012s are excellent and some of the top wines in the vintage. (JD)  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Singed cinnamon and mesquite notes line the core of dried blueberry, plum and blood orange fruit before giving way to a tea-lined finish. Fills out nicely in the glass, showing freshness and purity. Drink now. 280 cases imported.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Founded in 2002 by Georges and Delphine Perrot, the wines of Domaine la Colliere are meant to express the more finesse side of the often wild and rustic Rasteau region. They have 30 vineyard plots spread over 25 hectares over the three main soils of the appellation: red clay and gravel, pale limestone and blue clay. The "La Fontaine" is a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre coming from blue clay soils. The mourvedre is aged in demi-muid and the grenache cement tank. Always the most muscular of their wines from Rasteau, this is deeply rich, with brambly black fruit compote and spice box notes. Exciting to drink now but quite cellar worthy.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2016 | Send Email
The "La Fontaine" is the epitome of Rasteau. Deeply rich and satisfying this wine offers copious layers of brambly black and blue fruit with Asian spice box and licorice notes. Full bodied and deep this is still pretty charming wine in it's own opulent way. This is a mini Clos des Papes Chateauneuf but for way less money. Drink now and put some away for the long haul. You will be well rewarded.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2016 | Send Email
Rasteau... my absolute favorite of all the Cotes-du-Rhone villages! Too-often forgotten, this gem of an area is once again exquisitely represented here with this 2012 Domaine La Colliere. Rich in both texture and complexity, this is a black-fruited beauty that demands a second viewing.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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.
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Rasteau

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