Plantevin New Releases in Red, White, Pink
No hype here: Philippe Plantevin’s 2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages La Daurelle is one of the best Rhone reds you’ll try this year at any price. And, at just $19.98 by the bottle or $17.98/ea by the case, it’s an astounding value, too. We cannot recommend this one highly enough to anyone who loves $30+ wines like Gigondas and Vacqueyras (or most $45+ Chateauneuf-du-Pape). It’s really that good right now and will just get better with time.
And you can put together a mixed case or two with Philippe’s Cotes du Rhone Blanc and hearty Rosé, all at best mix/match prices! Mix/match savings will not display on your online order form or order confirmation but will be applied before your card is charged.
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- Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2015 Product #31025 (In Stock)
A blend of 90% Mourvedre – the earthy black grape made famous in Bandol to the south – plus 10% Grenache grown in stone covered vineyards near the Rhone village of Cairanne. And like Bandol, Philippe Plantevin's rose is even better with an extra winter to rest and unwind.
The brilliant color is deep watermelon red with brick orange highlights. There’s an earthy, savory, bass note to the dark cherry, ripe watermelon, and luxurious strawberry fruit aromas and flavors with plenty of classic Provençal garrigue (wild thyme, rosemary and lavender) accents. Bigger and much more deeply flavored and textured on the palate than Grenache-dominant rosés, this has the hearty heft you normally have to go to much more expensive Bandol to find. But a twist of orange peel and citrusy acids keep the flavors fresh and bright and the long, dry, herb and watermelon-laced finish keep you coming back for more. This powerful pink will really sing when you pair it with meaty grilled fish, herb-crusted lamb, or charred vegetables seasoned with a dollop of garlicy aioli.
- Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 Product #31637 (In Stock)
Another lovely vintage for this classy Rhone white that puts many (much more expensive) Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites to shame. As always, it’s about half Viognier for peachy fruit and fragrance plus Grenache blanc for body and Marsanne for complexity and minerality.
The excitement starts on the nose, where you’ll find generous aromas of creamy peach, fruit blossom, Clementine and crushed chalk. Take a sip, and you'll experience an explosion of bright apricot, yellow peach, honeysuckle and mint flavors up front before chalk, wet stone, and peach skin notes emerge at the end. The juicy acids keep this rich, medium-bodied, white fresh and make it a great choice for drinking as an aperitif, with cheeses, or with grilled fish and fruit salsa. It will age surprisingly well if you can keep your hands off it now!
- Dom Philippe Plantevin CdR Villages La Daurelle 2012 Product #31928 (In Stock)
In the warm, rich, 2012 vintage this long-time favorite is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah ad 10% each Mourvedre and Carignan, all aged in used French oak cask. The nose is very complex, with aromas of black raspberry, wild blackberry, redcurrant, and a bold note of savory, herb-crusted, roast beef. The palate is luxurious with almost a milk chocolate-like density and plushness framing the dark red fruit, seared meat, lavender and thyme flavors. The ending is every bit as exciting as the beginning and middle, with a wash of fresh wild blackberry, savory herb, and dark chocolate gliding along over substantial, but silky smooth, tannins.
At 5 years from harvest, this is certainly "ready" in the sense that it delivers boatloads of immediate pleasure. But this wine always ages longer and more gracefully than the appellation or price point suggests. Pull a bottle out of your cellar in 2022 and I guarantee you'll be blown away.
- Dom Philippe Plantevin CdR La Daurelle 2011 Magnum Product #31930 (In Stock)
Even better in magnum! Probably the best value in robust Rhone red wine we have in the store now - a wine that blows away most $30-$50 "luxury" Gigondas and a whole lot of Chateauneuf! A blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), Carignan (10%) and Mourvedre (10%) aged in tank (2/3) and neutral oak (1/3) that perfectly express the terroir of Philippe’s rocky vineyards and 2011’s blend of purity and ripeness. Big aromas of black raspberry, licorice, fresh earth, and roasted meat carry through on the mouth coating palate where hints of lavender and violet emerge. The focused, generous, flavors push through the explosive finish where firm tannins provide support and raspberry, black cherry, garrigue, seared beef, and licorice flavors go on and on.
La Daurelle has been a staff and customer favorite for years, and the 2011 edition is even more captivating than usual. It’s perfect to enjoy right now with grilled or roasted meats or most any dish showing a touch of cumin or North African spice, make sure to put some away for later, too. Expect this to continue to improve for another decade and to give pleasure long after that. Simply stellar wine and value here.