Domaine Guintrandy Les Deves Cotes du Rhone Villages-Visan 2009
by Cynthia Hurley
Reg. $17.99 Sale $14.99 By the Case $13.99!
The 1st Shipment of this sold out in only 3 weeks in January. A new supply just arrived - Don't miss out on this Rhone super-value!
Here we go again - lucky us! The Cotes du Rhone had two of its greatest vintages in recent history in 2005 and 2007 and now the 2009 is here and just as good. In fact it is already being called a combination of the '05 and '07.
Robert Parker gives the 2009 vintage a 93 for the Southern Cotes du Rhone. Wine Spectator goes even higher, rating the vintage a 93-96! And Wine Spectator compares the 2009s to the hallowed 2007 vintage. Here's the full description:
"Cool, rainy weather in winter and spring was key; ripening was fast but even. Thanks to cool nights starting in late August, grapes retained acidity. A cross between '05 and '07, with ripe fruit and polished tannins."
If you have been drinking the earlier vintages now is the time to re-stock. If you missed these delicious, perfectly balanced, complex wines, now is the time to catch up.
Everyone agrees, the 2009 Southern Rhones are not to be missed. The container has just docked with my precious cargo of Olivier Cuilleras Cotes du Rhone Villages-Visan le Deves 2009 and you should fill your glass.
Grab your cases fast, however, because this wine goes in and out quickly in every vintage and I'm forever calling up Olivier and saying: How fast can you label another 50 cases for me! I'm out! My container leaves in two weeks!
Olivier's vineyards are in Visan which is a commune with recognized, superior terroir in the Southern Cotes du Rhone. This means that because 100% the grapes are from here Visan can appear on the label after "Cotes du Rhone Villages."
In the Cotes du Rhone the quality curve is steep. Of all the Cotes du Rhones wines only the top 10% is classified "Cotes du Rhone Villages" and only half of that select area is allowed to use the specific village name on the label. The selected villages like Visan make much more distinctive wines, user lower yields and are well worth seeking out for the best Cotes du Rhone wines.
The Cuilleras family has owned the Domaine La Guintrandy since 1850. Olivier's first vintage was in 2000. He has gone from strength to strength since then.
Le Deves comes from 30-year-old vines. Olivier uses a blend of Grenache (90%) and Syrah (10%). The heavy emphasis in the blend is on the Grenache because Grenache is so successful in Visan because of it higher altitude and cooler nights. Olivier does not filter his wines, which means all the flavor that is created from the juice mingling with the skins during the elevage does not actually get removed before the wine gets into the bottle and you and I get to drink it. He uses a combination of new and used barrels to age the wine.
Le Deves is a wine with great lively acidity which gives it great freshness. You'll taste lots of black cherry and currant fruit with some notes of licorice and minerals. You will be transported to the south of France. Now, that is a trip I never mind taking. Cynthia Hurley