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Wines from Côtes du Rhône Villages

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Domaine Daniel et Denis Alary 2006 La Font d'Estévenas Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $35
This is still very youthful and primary, with just hints of complexity. Plum and licorice shine brightly in this mouthfilling wine that somehow manages to be muscular yet silky at the same time. Roughly 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache, from vines 35–45 years old. Drink now–2015.  — J.C.  (12/15/2009)
92
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Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint-Martin 2006 Haut Coustias Cairanne Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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  1. $32
This tour de force starts off with some slightly tarry notes on the nose, but quickly segues into rich plum and chocolate fruit. All at once, it’s creamy and spicy, lush yet structured. With its high (approximately 60%) Mourvèdre content, this should drink well for at least a decade, although it’s approachable now.  — J.C.  (12/15/2009)
92
points

Domaine la Soumade 2006 Fleur de Confiance Rasteau Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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This luxury cuvée was aged in 600-liter demimuids, which proprietor André Romero believes impart just the right amount of oak influence. The 2006 is not as richly concentrated as the 2005, but may turn out to be better balanced, with its creamy texture building to mouthdrying on the finish. Bold cherry flavors and a touch of chocolate finish long, picking up hints…  — J.C.  (12/15/2009)
92
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Domaine des Escaravailles 2003 Vin Doux Natural (Rasteau) Grenache (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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  1. $44
Escaravailles makes two sweet wines, this one from Grenache Noir, as well as a white from Grenache Blanc. While both are impressive, the red is a touch more impressive. Dried black cherries and cinnamon mingle easily in this unctuously textured wine. The tannins give it a richer, more velvety mouthfeel.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
91
points

Pierre Henri Morel 2010 Laudun Blanc White (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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  1. $20
Pierre Henri Morel is Chapoutier’s general manager, but he also has his own line of wines that can often represent excellent value. This blend of Grenache, Clairette and Bourboulenc is full bodied and rich, toasty and smoky with oak influence and well endowed with peach and pineapple fruit. Drink it over the next year.  — J.C.  (2/1/2013)
91
points

LePlan-Vermeersch 2009 GT-G Grand Terroir Grenache (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

  1. $37
This wine starts off with vanilla, cinnamon and dark cherry notes on the nose, with the oak-derived elements marrying nicely with the Grenache fruit. It’s full bodied, liquorous and lush, with a long, velvety finish. Probably best over the next 4–5 years.  — J.C.  (10/1/2012)
91
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Pierre Henri Morel 2009 Signargues Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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  1. $20
Morel, the general manager at M. Chapoutier, also has his own label, which includes this very attractive wine from Sign­argues, the southernmost villages appellation of the Côte du Rhône. It’s full bodied and ripe without being flabby or unstructured, delivering blueberry and blackberry fruit, peppery spice and a long finish that reverberates with fruit and an…  — J.C.  (10/1/2012)
91
points

Domaine Saint Andéol 2007 Séduction Cairanne Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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  1. $17
Perhaps it is this wine’s elevated proportion of Carignan (15%) that gives it such a lovely and distinctive perfume, incorporating hints of ground pepper, cinnamon or clove, and ripe cherries. It’s medium in body, verging on creamy in texture because of the supple tannins, and features plenty of spice on the long finish. Drink now–2015.  — J.C.  (2/1/2011)
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