- Dom La Blaque Pierrevert Rouge 2010 Product #26906 (In Stock)
Pierrevert perches in the foothills of the Alps in the northernmost corner of Provence. These are some of the highest vineyards in France, with altitudes reaching 1,000 meters, and the grapes here benefit from cool mountain nights and warm Provencal days. This is just about the only wine from the region you'll find in the USA - and we suspect that Thomas Calder picked it because it was among the best!
A blend of the usual Rhone suspects (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), it opens with captivating aromas of smoky/meaty Syrah wrapped in red Grenachy fruit. In the mouth, focused and velvety in texture and full of black berries, roasted strawberry, and cinnamon spice flavors. Complex notes of smoked meat, blackberry and mineral linger over the bright, firm, finish. It's all a little like Northern Rhone Cornas, but with more red fruit and one less digit in the price tag. An amazing amount of wine for the money and fantastic at table with earthy, rich, foods.
- Dom d'Eole Coteaux d'Aix En Provence Cuvee Lea 2003 Product #20380 (In Stock)
This blend of Grenache and Syrah is aged in small barrels and pushes the quality limit of wines from Provence to new heights. It combines the red fruit of Grenache, the Rhone-like spiciness of Syrah and the typical wild herb flavors of Provencal wines. Taste it blind and you’d think the 2003 Cuvee Lea was an excellent 2001 Chateauneuf or very strong 2006 Gigondas. It’s delicious right now – try it with roasted meats, rich cheeses, or stews of olive and lamb – and still has another 7+ years to go. Stunning value while it lasts.
"Richer and deeper than the 2004 version, this shows an abundance of black cherry fruit, but also layers of spicy, savory complexity. Dominated by old-vine Grenache, it could easily be mistaken for a Lirac or Châteauneuf-du-Pape."Wine Enthusiast 91 points