Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Les Trois Couronnes Cotes du Rhone, 2007

Some bottles of Les Trois Couronnes have exhibited the ripe Grenache qualities typical of the warm 2007 vintage. This and other bottles I have opened show a much more stern, almost tart quality as if at least some of the grapes were picked slightly unripe. The first impression I get is garrigue--spicy, briary Provencal herbs--a quality that is lacking in many overly ripe Southern Rhones from 2007. Also deep, deep cherry aromas and flavors. Skin tannins provide plenty of structure, almost too much. I have found considerable bottle variation, but no duds, from Les Trois Couronnes Cotes du Rhone, still widely available for about $7 a bo ttle.

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