Dom du Bois St Jean Cotes du Rhone l'Intrepid 2015Product #31775 (In Stock)
Bottle Size Bottle (750ml) Color/Type Red Country/State France Email Wines Q1 2017 (Jan-mar) Price $10 - $30 Producer Dom du Bois St Jean Region Rhone: Other Southern Rhone Varietal Rhone Blend Vintage 2015
Our first thought on tasting this robust, complex, Southern Rhone red? "Tastes like a mini-Chateauneuf du Pape!" Most Cotes du Rhone is 80-100% Grenache, which usually means fun, if uncomplicated, easy-drinking reds. Here Grenache makes up only 60% of the blend, with big doses of Syrah (30%) and tricky to ripen Mourvedre (15%) ramping up the wine's richness, texture, and earthy, meaty, character. A small dash of Cariganan adds spice and minerality that helps elevate l'Intripde far beyond average Cotes du Rhone quality and starts to challenge much more expensive Chateauneuf du Pape!
The wine opens with big aromas of dark fruit - blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, plum - plus notes of roasted raspberry, smoked meat and garrigue - wild thyme, lavender and olive. In the mouth it's remarkably dense and sweetly fruited for Cotes du Rhone, with more dark fruit, garrigue and spice flavors and a rich texture that borders on velvety. The finish is long and earthy and complex, with fine tannins giving support for food but not interfering with solo sipping. A delicious, outstanding value, red to enjoy now and over the next 5 years.