Back Again: A 92 Point Rhone for $11
April 10, 2012 Daily Drinkers
This wine sold out immediately after I posted it a few weeks ago, and with 91 and 92 point ratings, it’s not a big surprise. L.A. Wine Co. just got more in at the same price, so consider yourself warned. If you missed the first post, here is it.
This truly is a top contender for best value I’ve ever had. I’m planning on grabbing a few more bottles myself because it sold out on me last time!
Robert Parker 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.”
Rhone Report 92 points
“Easily the best vintage of this to date, the 2010 Les Vignerons d’Estezargues Cotes du Rhone Domaine d’Andezon is a tank and cement aged blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. Sporting a deep purple color as well as fantastically good aromas of pure blackberry, licorice, lavender, crushed flowers, and wet stone-like minerality on the nose. Very pure and clean, with superb richness and complexity, the wine is medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured on the palate, possessing a full, rich mid-palate, excellent balance, juicy acidity, and ripe tannin on the finish that adds additional cut and edge to all the fruit. Straight up delicious and a joy to drink, this is an awesome value that should delight for 3-5 years.” ~JD