Another Brilliant Wine from Eric Solomon (90-93 points)

September 14, 2012 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

lou_coucardie_red_LRGEric Solomon is an importer of mostly French and Spanish wines, who focuses on value above everything else.  Robert Parker says “Over the last twenty years, Eric Solomon has consistently been one of America’s finest small importers of handcrafted, artisanal wines.”  20 years ago, I was nine, so I can’t speak to his track record then, but every Eric Solomon wine I’ve ever had has been somewhere between good and great.

This one is great.   It comes from the Costieres de Nimes region in Languedoc Roussillon, France which somewhat confusingly was recently made part of the Rhone appellation rather than Languedoc.  Makes sense right?

If you tasted the 2009 Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie, which Robert Parker awarded 90-93 points from a barrel sample, you would get why Rhone decided to annex this region.  It’s made just south of Chateauneuf du Pape and it tastes like a super concentrated young CdP with outrageous potential.  This wine is 60% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache and 10% Syrah.  The Mourvedre gives it an exotic complexity that’s really interesting.  Good juice.

Buy Here: 2009 Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie $21.95

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Robert Parker 90-93 points

“The outrageously complex, dense purple-hued 2009 Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie is fashioned from a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache and 10% Syrah aged in French oak on its lees for at least 12 months. The most limited offering, its blue/purple color is followed by aromas of toast, white chocolate, bay leaf, black currants, blackberries and a hint of coffee. This full-bodied, deep wine admirably demonstrates the potential of Mourvedre in the Costieres de Nimes. It should drink well for a decade or more.

Costieres de Nimes is a treasure-trove for value hunters. Moreover, there are a lot of high quality vignerons and domaines in that sun-drenched, Mistral-blown appellation just south of Chateauneuf du Pape. Michel Gassier is one of the stars of this appellation and he makes a number of cuvees that all merit attention.”

Wine Spectator 90 points

“Supple and enticing, this red shows a light mulled edge to the plum and raspberry fruit, with notes of melted red licorice and a hint of pepper gliding through the finish. This has weight and flesh, but stays restrained overall. Drink now through 2013. 2,000 cases imported.”

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