2015 Domaine de l'Amandine Côtes du Rhône-Villages Seguret

SKU #1367463 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret is firmly built and a trifle austere, but it shows lovely fruit and complexity. Hints of stone fruit blend easily into cherries while garrigue scents wander in and out, adding attractive lavender, thyme and bay leaf notes. Give it a year or two to soften, and drink it over the next 5 years. (JC)  (11/2017)

K&L Notes

L'Amandine was established in 1968 by Jean-Pierre Verdeau who followed the tradition of winemaking in his family. Born in the region, Jean-Pierre continues to work in the vineyards and is now joined by his son-in-law, Alex Suter (whose father was the vineyard manager of Rustenberg winery in South Africa). They work together to build on the successes of the past and look to the future. Seguret is one of the most picturesque villages in the southern Rhône, built into the hillside and overlooking the surrounding vineyards. The soils are made up of primarily clay and sandstone with limestone scree scattered throughout the vineyards. The winery still uses the concrete tanks that Jean-Pierre installed by hand back in the day with a few new ones added as they have slowly expanded their holdings. The Seguret is made up of Syrah and Grenache, is destemmed and is aged all in concrete tanks. The results are a bright fleshy red fruited wine that shows great purity and the typicity of this lovely region.


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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
Southern Rhone wines have come a long way over the past twenty-five years thanks to improvements in farming practices, winemaking and overall hygiene in the cellars. More recently we've become accustomed to opulence and richness of fruit from this zone yet there are those like this estate that manage to produce finer and slightly firmer style reds. That's not to say their wines lack concentration and fruit, but rather that they have less flesh and alcohol and a touch more acidity. Their vineyards are at higher elevation than most in this area of Southern Rhone which explains the elegance and savory characters of their wines. This is a charming Rhone red that blossoms with aeration and elevates a wide variety of meats and heartier dishes.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
I met vigneron Alex Suter three times over the course of two months when traveling through France earlier this year. We first met at an exposition in Paris where he was showing the wines of Domaine de l'Amandine and his Seguret was one of the big standouts at the event for me. Alex himself is an engaging and thoughtful person and we quickly struck up a kinship and had lunch and dinner a couple of times over the length of the exposition. We met shortly thereafter at the big southern French wine event, Vinisud. I tasted his wines again and was struck by the clarity and focus of this terrific little red. I was prepared to begin working with the wines but since I would be returning in a few weeks to the Rhone, I thought a vineyard and winery visit should be undertaken. At the winery I was greeted by Alex's father-in-law, Jean-Pierre Verdeau, the founder of the estate. Jean-Pierre speaks almost no English (and my French is actually quite poor) so he wanted to wait for his granddaughter Mathilde to return to the property to help translate. While we waited, he offered me some coffee and apparently he had never made drip coffee before (no joke). It was quite intense to say the least, but a perfect way to wake myself up on a cold and cloud-covered March morning. Mathilde arrived and we jumped in the car to tour the vineyards. Some of the vines are 50+ years old but almost everything on the property was either planted, built or restored by Jean-Pierre, which included the original family house. The vines were planted in deep clay and sandy soils and the ground was covered in chunks of fractured limestone (called scree). Almond (amandine) trees were planted all around the vineyards. Most of the vines sat at 450 meters which is quite high for a village Rhone this far south. The mistral wind blows fiercely through the vineyards on many days helping keep the vines free of too much moisture during the growing season, but easily cut through my jacket that day. We tasted from tank and barrel and the range of wines was terrific, but I still kept coming back to this little red. I knew we were going to move forward with our relationship but I had one more visit with Alex a little later that trip at the German wine fair, Prowein. Once again we talked almost as if old friends now and that's when it really struck me. This wines are as familiar and friendly as the family making them. They are pure, unadorned and thoughtful. They are from the soil and they express the hard work and history of the estate. This is one of those "ah-ha" moments when you realize that the concept of terroir goes beyond the soil and the weather and is as much about the people and their history in the cultivation process. So, I'm thrilled to introduce you to the Verdeau-Suter family through their wine, this delightful and engaging red that is so much a reflection of the wonderful people making it.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
This delicious new direct import reminds me of the sort of wines I first encountered from the Cotes Du Rhone: fresh red fruits, with just a bit of wild growing herbs in the background. Honest, tasty, medium-bodied red for under $14 sounds like just the ticket for Fall, I'm in!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
This wine is a light-bodied, fresh take on Côtes du Rhône. With bright, lifted fruit, strong minerality, and a nice acid line, this is a great red choice to take you through the warm weather into the cooling Fall nights. I like this as a more delicate take on Côtes du Rhône.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2018 | Send Email
Being an avid buyer of Cotes Du Rhone Village blends for under 15 dollars, I had to get my hands on this particular blend as well. With 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache making up the blend, the Seguret is very approachable with enough structure, body, and fruit that make it an easy dinner wine. Definitely worth a whirl.

Additional Information:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14