Domaine Mourchon Delivers in 2007!
by Cynthia Hurley
A bird's eye view of the area surrounding Domaine Mourchon
Tradition in stock now!
Grande Reserve arriving 1/6/10!
Robert Parker raves: "As for the equally deep ruby/purple-colored 2007 Seguret Grande Reserve, this wine has much more licorice and more depth and body, but displays a similar aromatic and flavor profile. It is broad, expansive, and voluptuously textured, with stunning depth and richness. This is about as good as Seguret can be and actually competes with wines that are much more costly. Drink it over the next 7-10 years."
"This excellent estate, which was purchased in 1998 by the McKinlay family and encompasses over 60 acres of relatively old vines, has proven over a short period of time to be one of the stars among all the Cotes du Rhone-Villages estates." Rated 92 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"The 2007 Seguret Tradition has a glorious nose of garrigue, pepper, lavender, and spices. Its dense purple, concentrated color is followed by medium body, admirable elegance and purity, and a round, generous, even opulent finish. This is a beauty to drink over the next 3-4 years." Rated 90 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Wow! You want these wines in your glass.
And, they are from the 2007 harvest. The best in years according to virtually everyone
2007 promises to be one of the best vintages in the last decade." -Robert Parker
The buzz, buzz, buzzing around the 2007 southern Rhone vintage is phenomenal. Mother Nature smiled on the southern Rhone and everything came together in the form of magnificent wines. You will want to put a few cases of this vintage in your cellar, but don't wait too long because the good news is on the radar screen.
Scotsman Walter McKinlay purchased 40+ acres in Seguret in 1998. It is amazing how quickly he has become a superstar.
Domaine de Mourchon is behind the village of Séguret about 300 meters up on a twisty little way. It is a modern beauty with shiny stainless steel tanks configured in a circle in one room. This winery is state of the art with table de tri for sorting every grape carefully to make sure there are no inferior ones in the final blend, and designed to use gravity to pamper the grapes as they transfer to vat.
Then there is the tasting room, which is sun-splashed and painted in Provencal hues of dusty pinks and earthy tones. It's very hard to leave this place. Waves of relaxing provencal welcome wash over you as you stand with your glass of minerally and dark-hued Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Grande Reserve or Tradition in your hand. The cherries, black and red, waft from the glass.
The cepage of the Tradition is 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Carignan. The cepage of Grande Reserve is 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah. The vines are 60 years old. 40% of the Grande Reserve receives oak barrel-ageing for nine months. The Tradition is oaked.
You'll love the smoothness of these wines. They are pungent and flavorful and will stand up to the feistiest food. Cynthia Hurley