Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gilles Ferran Rasteau, 2009 Revisited

In my post below, I recklessly stated that the Gilles Ferran 2009 was one of the best Rasteaus I have tasted. It was very good on the first night, but after being re-corked for a day, it completely lost its charm, tasting sharp and alcoholic.

This wine has a 15% alcohol content, compared to 13% to 13.5% for a typical Cotes du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Villages. It carried that alcohol well on the first night, then seemed to become unbalanced on the second night. High alcohol content is an increasingly common part of the international style of winemaking, giving a wine body and youthful aromatic appeal. But it is not what I expect from a traditional Southern Rhone.

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