This Might Be The Best Value I’ve Ever Drunk

March 20, 2012 Daily Drinkers  No comments

Andezon 2010 Bottle Shot2010 is looking like a historic vintage in the Rhone Valley (and Bordeaux) and value-seekers are the beneficiaries.  The 2010 Domaine d’Andezon Cotes du Rhone is so good, it makes a compelling argument for never spending over $11 on a bottle of wine again.  In fact, it might rank as the best value I’ve ever drunk.  France has its fair share of overpriced wine, but much like Spain, so much is produced that fantastic values float to the surface every year.  This particular wine was awarded 91 points by Robert Parker, who calls it “a perennial top-bargain pick “.

Juicy Syrah, which makes up 90% of this wine, imparts a blueberry character on the bright, focused nose.  Those flavors continue on to the full-bodied palate, where decidedly high-end flavors of roast meats and dry blackberry coat the mouth.  This is bottled unfined and unfiltered and it shows in the beautiful texture.

I like this wine so much, I called and emailed several friends and family members telling them to buy it before this post was published.  Consider this your notice to do the same…

Buy Here: 2010 Domaine d’ Andezon Cotes-du-Rhone Vignerons d’Estezargues $10.95

Wine Advocate 91 points

“The classic cuvee, which has long been selected by importer Eric Solomon, is their 2010 Domaine d’Andezon, a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. While there are critics of Syrah grown in the southern Rhone, even the cynics agree that the old-vine Syrah from the Gard has a special character to it. This wine comes from 40+-year-old Syrah vines and 60+-year-old Grenache vines, bottled unfined and unfiltered after being aged in both tank and concrete. Dense ruby/purple, with a stunning nose of blackberry liqueur and jus de viande (beef/meat juices), its thrilling, intensely pure, full-bodied mouthfeel, good freshness, and striking floral character all combine for one of the very best bargains in dry red wine that readers are likely to find anywhere in the world. This is super and should continue to drink well for another 3-4 years.

This co-op, located just south of the village of Chateauneuf du Pape in the sector known as the Gard, has been a perennial top-bargain pick in The Wine Advocate.”

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