2009 Domaine Calendal Côtes du Rhône-Villages Plan de Dieu (1.5L) (Previously $50)

SKU #1427300 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A stunning Côtes du Rhône that shows the best of the vintage, the 2009 Calendal Plan de Dieu, a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre that’s aged all in older wood, delivers an intense, perfumed array of black cherry, licorice, underbrush, and flowers on the nose. There’s a sappy richness to the aromas, as well as solid freshness and focus. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with ripe fruit, a focused, powerful feel, good acidity, and ripe tannin that shines on the long, heady finish, this awesome value needs a decant if drinking anytime soon, and should continue to perform for 5-8 years.  (9/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my favorite value choices over recent vintages, the 2009 Plan de Dieu Cotes du Rhone-Villages looks to be sensational, perhaps even eclipsing the 2007 in terms of intensity, richness, and power. A blend of equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre from very old, organically farmed vines, the wine is aged in neutral wood prior to being bottled unfiltered. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of boysenberries, pepper, incense, and fruit. Full-bodied with a lush, opulent texture, superb purity and depth, and abundant power and richness, it is a big (15+% alcohol) as well as rich, pure, elegant red that should be consumed over the next 2-4 years. (RM)  (8/2010)

90 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Wild, pungent bouquet evokes black and blue fruits, Indian spices, lavender and rose. Sappy and precise, offering seamless black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that are given spine by juicy acidity. Large-scaled but graceful, finishing with suave florality and length. This is southern Rhone enologist Philippe Cambie's personal project. (JR)  (3/2012)


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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 (%): 15.5