2016 Domaine de l'Amandine Côtes du Rhône-Villages Seguret

SKU #1402215 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A greater proportion of Syrah than Grenache lends freshness and vitality to this crisp, medium-bodied red. Beautifully perfumed it offers loads of fresh rose-petal and black-cherry tones. Concentrated but invigorating, it finishes long on cutting red-cherry acidity and fine, feathery tannins. (ALI)  (5/2019)

91 points Decanter

 Fresh, breezy, aerial scents of raspberry and red cherry. A medium-bodied style that's fresh and lively, with some dried herbes de Provence among the Victoria plum fruit on the finish. A balanced, drinkable style that's gentle on the extraction. (MW)  (10/2017)

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: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2019 | Send Email
A recent tasting with the folks of Domaine de l'Amandine affirmed my original feelings when I met them last year - they are one of my favorite new producers in our portfolio of Direct Imports. The Cotes du Rhone range is made up of wonderful bright and fruit filled wines with spot-on regional character. It is the flagship Seguret wine that really hits the mark though. The Seguret opens with a lovely red fruited nose of strawberry and cherry and a gorgeous perfume of violets and lavender. The structure offers fine tannins and plenty of balancing acidity making this the perfect daily sipper but also great with food. The 2016 finds a harmonious mix of a great vintage and an upstart producer emerging to become one of the new hot properties of the Rhone. All that and we have it for a fraction of what it might cost you elsewhere. This is one property to keep your eye on.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2019 | Send Email
If you're searching for a tremendous Rhone value you will certainly be thrilled with this full-bodied blend of Syrah and Grenache. With a nose that brims with classic red fruits and wild garrigue, and oozing with flavors of ripe berries and baking spice, this is a powerful wine but it remains very bright and fresh thanks to balancing acidity. Fabulous deal!

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2019 | Send Email
What a value! This is a complex Rhône blend, with high-toned berry fruit and a great peppery finish, thanks to 60% spicy Syrah. This vintage of Domaine de l'Amandine is vibrant but earthy, fruit-forward yet herbaceous, full-bodied and versatile. And although it’s easygoing enough to drink tonight, the 2016 will also age beautifully.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
I was surprised to learn that this wine is 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. With Syrah as the dominant grape, the result is a deeper, darker, wine that reveals blueberry and a touch of pepper. The Grenache is the secondary act adding more high-toned strawberry fruit with a touch of roasted herbs. It’s hard to fathom how you can get so much wine for less than $15. It drinks well now but you’ll be shocked at how delicious this will be with 5-7 years in the cellar. It’s such a treat opening up these “best buys” after they have some age. You’ll be able to fool your Chateauneuf-du-Pape loving friends.

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