- Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne 2006 Product #26857 (In Stock)
Philippe Plantevin grows this wine in the stony, wind-swept, vineyards on the barren flats outside the village of Cairanne, due west of Rasteau and north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It’s a blend of concentrated, intense, Grenache (75%) and muscular, meaty, Syrah (25%) harvested together in late September. After sorting, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed and then given a long, slow, fermentation in concrete vats and stainless steel tank.
Philippe considers the Cairanne to be his top wine, and it’s usually the most muscular, powerful, wine in the cellar. Here, the combination of a softer vintage (2006) and a half-dozen years of aging in perfect conditions delivers a big wine, but one that’s wonderfully supple and ready to enjoy. Opens with generous aromas of dark black raspberries and cherries, fresh turned earth, warm stones and a touch of spice. In the mouth, it bursts with black and red berry fruit, cracked black pepper, licorice root, mineral, and savory spice flavors. Ripe and extracted enough to fill up your mouth, the bright acidity and still firm, but perfectly balanced, tannins provide structure and freshness. Fruit, mineral, and black pepper flavors linger nicely, and make this a fantastic match with grilled lamb, roast pork, or any robust dish. In the drinking window now and ready to enjoy over the next half-decade or more.
- Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Villages La Daurelle 2007 Product #24539 (In Stock)
The only wine Philippe makes that ages in barrels, this gets more than a year in small wood (but only a few new ones) – necessary because of the high Syrah content. Here Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), Carignan (10%) and Mourvedre (10%) do a beautiful job of expressing Philippe’s rocky vineyards and the vintage’s warmth and ripeness. The aromas show great freshness for 2007, with the raspberry/blackberry fruit taking on a juicy edge and the Mourvedre adding just the right earthy touch. In the mouth this is surprisingly light on its feet for a 2007, with big, concentrated berry fruit and earthy flavors getting great lift from the bright acidity. Everything wraps up with a long, juicy, lightly tannic finish just perferct for grilled or roasted meats or most anything featuring black olives!