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

SKU #1427300 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (9/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

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