2012 Domaine la Colliere "La Fontaine" Rasteau
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)
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. (JM)
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 in 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.