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2016 Domaine La Soumade Rasteau "Cuvee Confiance" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1388154 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Nearly as great as the Fleur, the 2016 Rasteau Cuvee Confiance is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Raspberry and mint notes appear on the nose, followed by a full-bodied, rich, velvety wine with a never-ending finish. Despite the incredible richness and concentration, the wine remains fresh and fragrant, lithe and agile, turning silky and lingering. It's another tremendous effort from the Romero family. Founder André Romero is in semi-retirement, having passed the reins to his son Frédéric, but he still managed to come by the winery during my visit to check up on things. The trend here is toward using more foudres for the élevage, with Stockinger the preferred supplier. According to Frédéric, the 40-hectoliter size works best, the 12-hectoliter size is "OK," and demi-muids are "too small." As the work revolves largely around super ripe Grenache, one of the requirements is to maintain freshness, so this philosophy makes sense. In addition to the 2016s and 2017s, we tasted several back vintages. While the 2008 (reviewed this issue) is nearing the end of its life, wines from stronger vintages, like the 2007 Fleur de Confiance (rated 96 points in Issue 229) and the 2010 Cuvée Confiance (95, this issue), are in no danger of tipping over. (JC)  (10/2018)

94 points Decanter

 Violets, liquorice, blackberry fruits and raspberry leaf on the nose. It has a smooth, seamless palate, with tannins that are certainly present and ripe, but so fine as to be almost imperceptible on the tongue. There's real intensity here, with a long, gently vibrant finish. Drinking Window 2018-2022. (MW)  (10/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Based on Grenache (there’s some Syrah and Mourvèdre in the blend) aged in foudre, the 2016 Rasteau Cuvée Confiance offers a more elegant, medium to full-bodied style that’s going to age beautifully. Terrific notes of cedar wood, dried garrigue, and ample red and black fruits all flow to a medium to full-bodied, silky Rasteau that has building tannins and impressive depth of fruit. It has a good 10-15 years ahead of it.  (9/2018)

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Rhone Blends



- 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.


- 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.
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