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Wines from Côtes du Roussillon Villages

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93
points

Domaine du Clos des Fées 2008 Le Clos des Fées Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75

This is a stunning selection, with layers of aromas and flavors that unfold with each passing moment. Concentrated primary notes of blackberry, plum and boysenberry lead, with accents of sweet spice, licorice, soft char, tobacco leaf and menthol following shortly after. The palate is intense and lush, with a full weight and a gripping, thick texture. Hints of oaky…

 — L.B.  (11/1/2013)
93
points

Domaine Thunevin-Calvet 2008 Hugo Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $60

A heady and rich wine right from the start, this opens with seductive notes of brambly blackberry, wild raspberry, sweet spice, licorice and toast. It's full and weighty, with a texture like crushed velvet and a deep palate that continues to provide additional layers of flavor with each sip. Sweet spice, cocoa powder and mocha flavors linger on the evolving finish…

 — L.B.  (11/1/2013)
91
points

Domaine de l'Edre 2010 L'Edre Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  1. $72

Rich and inviting, this wine opens with jammy blackberry and boysenberry aromas, along with supporting notes of raspberry sauce, vanilla bean and sweet spice. Dark berry flavors flood the palate, coupled with medium tannins and ample acidity, resulting in a crushed-satin texture. Toasted oak and baking spice accents linger long on the finish.

 — L.B.  (11/1/2013)
91
points

Domaine Calvet-Thunevin 2008 Les trois Marie Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  1. $50

Despite the age, this still drinks quite young and tight, with firm tannins and a gripping structure framed against a fleshy black-fruit center. Rich and dense notes of blackberry, boysenberry and plum are laced with hints of cigar spice, licorice and toasted vanilla, and a sweet-wood sensation stays through the long finish. Big in almost every regard, this should…

 — L.B.  (11/1/2013)
91
points

François Lurton 2006 Le Pas de la Mule Mas Janeil Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  1. $75

Rich and bold, with concentrated aromas and flavors of candied cherries, raspberry preserves, ripe plum guts and accents of thyme and white pepper. Round and lush in the mouth with velvety tannins and a long, oak-infused finish. Be prepared—this is a big wine deserving of a thick steak or a hearty piece of game.

 — L.B.  (5/1/2010)
91
points

Mas de Lavail 2006 La Desirade Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $24

A beautiful Roussillon red blend comprised of 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 25% Carignan. Aromas of chocolate cherry truffles, black plum, blueberry and violet entice you immediately, and the bold, concentrated mouth doesn’t disappoint either. Gripping tannins and a crushed velvet texture followed by a long, evolving finish makes this a guaranteed winner at an…

 — L.B.  (5/1/2010)
90
points

Domaine Sabarda 2010 Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

Forward aromas of dense blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry, rich and generous, lead the bouquet of this wine and carry through to the palate. Accents of licorice root and tree bark unfold in the background. The mouthfeel is full and robust, offering firm, spicy tannins and tasty flavors of toast and cocoa that linger on the long finish.

 — L.B.  (11/1/2013)
90
points

Hecht & Bannier 2010 Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

  1. $26

Here’s a dense and lush selection, with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry and cherry accented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak. It’s balanced, but still a bit young and closed, with firm tannins and a tight texture. Drinkable now, but try after 2014.

 — L.B.  (11/1/2013)
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