2011 Pierre Henri-Morel Côtes du Rhône-Villages Signargues (Elsewhere $18)

SKU #1147742 91 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant style, with silky texture and pure, unadorned bitter plum, blood orange and singed alder notes all racing along through the rooibos tea-tinged finish, revealing a buried mineral accent. Drink now through 2016. 600 cases imported.  (10/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Looking at the 2011s, the Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues is an elegant, character-filled effort that has loads of black cherry, leather, licorice and spicy notes to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and nicely balance palate feel. Delicious and easy-drinking, it should be enjoyed over the coming couple of years. Drink now-2017.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Youthful purple. Intense black and blue fruit aromas and flavors are complemented by notes of candied violet and cracked pepper. Fleshy and open-knit Cotes du Rhone with strong finishing punch, supple tannins and lingering spiciness.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre. 14.5% abv.

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
Another great everyday value! I love Côtes du Rhône wines for how versatile the wines could be and at such a great value. Upon opening the wine, it shows strong intensity and the classic peppery, cured meat nose that makes me want to bite into a steak. Sniff again, you will find hints of violet and black cherry. Full bodied and intense on the finish, time to stock my wine fridge again!

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/21/2014  | Send Email
Full and satisfying, this wine offers a lot for not much. A very appealing nose with the right balance of fruit and savory notes. Blackberry, blueberries, candied cherries, and yes I get violets too, along with leather spices and mouthwatering black pepper. It really delivers on the palate, following the nose notes of fruit, plus very silky tannins and that peppery savor that I just love in the wines from the Rhône. Very versatile with food, and very warming on these winter nights. Delicious!

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/8/2014  | Send Email
Winemaker Henri Morel spent a most memorable decade working with Michel Chapoutier and it shows in the elegant wines recently created under his own label. Cultivated from select vineyard parcels of limestone and clay soils carpeted in the signature white pebbles the size of dinosaur eggs, this attractively unoaked Grenache blend releases suave fruit and infinite charm with every swirl of the glass. Arresting flavors of bright cherry, blackcurrant and garrigue play upon the the palate, with velvety tannins leading to a structured, concentrated finish. Lovely wine and a truly remarkable value!
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By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/11/2013  | Send Email
One of my favorite Rhones this year is definitely Pierre Henri Morel's 2011 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages from the village of Sinargues. This overacheiving Grenache based red stays true to where it's from and the elegant vintage in which it came. While juicy and bold, (think red cherry, raspberry and hints of black tea)it also possesses admirable finesse and a smooth, silky finish. And who wants heavy and boorish at your next dinner when you can have fresh and fun! Great with chicken chasseur, spicy grilled pork tenderloin with blackberry sauce or a winter vegetable and lentil stew and a hunk of crusty bread.
Drink from 2013 to 2017

Additional Information:

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 (%): 14.5