Sunday, September 15, 2013

Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan, 2009

Domaine de la Bastide produces a simple Cotes du Rhone (fig label) that can be found in many shops for about $12. This Villages wine from Visan is a step or two up and ordinarily sells for $15.99 and up. When I saw some bottles on close-out sale for $5.99 at Harding's Market, I jumped with both feet.

Very deep and dark. Maybe some new oak? If so, it's nicely understated. Smells young too but with nice fruit and spice aromas. Dark cherries and red berries in a brandy sauce. Firm for a Southern Rhone and even a bit tannic on the finish, but it has a nice mouth feel. Although the wine is quite pleasant right now, I think it will drink well and improve for another four or five years.

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