Sunday, July 12, 2009

Clos Saint Jean Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Les Calades, 2001

This VDP from Clos Saint Jean was a $5.99 wine when it was on the market, so I bought in quantity. And although it hasn't aged as nicely as its 1998 sibling, it's still showing well. It's medium deep with only a little browning around the rim. Ripe, berried Grenache dominates the smells and flavors, and it has a pleasant finish. My only complaint is that at this stage it is a bit flabby without enough spicy, peppery elements to maintain interest. For summer drinking, a few minutes in the refrigerator adds some much needed structure.

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