Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Reserve Grand Veneur CDR Revisited

On the second night, the hard tannins in the 2005 Reserve Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone (reported on below) had mostly integrated with the deep-running fruit. It's a very nice wine with concentrated dark cherry flavors. Yet I still prefer the 2005 Grand Prieur--for its price, immediacy and breadth of fruit flavors and aromas.

Other 2005s from the Southern Rhone that I like include: Domaine Sainte Anne (lovely forward blueberry fruit but with stuffing to carry it for years); Domaine de la Janasse (similar to the Sainte Anne in many ways but more reserved at this stage); Domaine du Vieux Chene (either the Cuvee du Cappucines or the Haie au Grives); Paul Jaboulet's Parallele 45; and La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux.

I haven't bought any 2005 Chateauneufs or Gigondas, but I'm assuming that they will be very good.

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