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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016 Product #32260 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016

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!

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2015 Product #32800 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2015 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2015

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!  In fact, this is the most Chateauneuf-like edition of La Daurelle we’ve seen in years and while it’s already utterly delicious and a fruit-filled way, it’s going to get even better over the next 10 years.

In vintage 2015, Philippe had to go in a slightly different direction with La Daurelle, taking advantage of the amazing success he had with ripe fruit flavors while avoiding the tough tannins that have marred some other favorites this year.  As usual, it’s a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah ad 10% each Mourvedre and Carignan, all aged in used French oak cask.  The aromas are deep and complex, with bold black raspberry, ripe blueberry, wild herb, and black olive scents that pick up a bit of Franboise  liqueur with air.

In the mouth it trades the chocolate plushness of 2012 for more pure fruit-driven flavors – layers of raspberry, roasted strawberry, and black cherry – with bold accents of black olive and garigue (the mix of wild lavender, rosemary and thyme you smell on a warm day in the Southern Rhone).  The fruit and garigue  flavors push on through a remarkably fresh, clean, finish where fine-grained, ripe, tannins give plenty of food and cellar-friendly support.  I love how it’s picking up weight in the 3 months since it landed in the US and while I’ll drink plenty this year, I’m hiding some away for even more richness and weight to come.  You should too!

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Visan 2015 Product #32019 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Visan 2015 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Visan 2015

If you like your reds a bit more on the funky, earthy, chocolaty, side, then this is the 2015 Plantevin for you!  The blend here is 52% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 20% Carignan and the rest Mourvedre, all made and aged in tank.  The Syrah and dollop of Mourvedre really show on the nose, with bold aromas of dark black fruits, leather, roasted meat and fresh earth boiling up out of the glass.  The texture in the mouth is a bit richer and fuller than La Daurelle and the fruit darker and more roasted.  

A hint of bitter chocolate joins the dark fruit flavors with accents of roasted meat, earth, warm stones and garrigue delivering fantastic complexity.  With air, the earthy, slightly funky, notes of classic Southern Rhone reds come up and sing out.  Firm, muscular, and juicy on the finish, this is a great rendition of Visan with outstanding length and power to the long finish.  Ready now for sure and even better over the next few years.  A winner.

Regular Price (1) Price : $26.99/ea
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