Introduces Extraordinary Value, Everyday Cotes du Rhone
- by Cynthia Hurley
We stay in close touch with Walter and Ronnie McKinlay of Domaine de Mourchon. They always have something interesting going on. And, one of the interesting things right now is their Cotes du Rhone 2010. You might already be drinking their cellarable Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Tradition and Grande Reserve. For sure, I have drained some of those bottles, but honestly those wines are going to be even better with a few years of cellar aging. If you're looking for that de Mourchon signature quality that is ready to drink right now, you've got to taste the 2010 Cotes du Rhone. There are fresh, red fruit aromas and flavors with a little spice mixed in.
Here are some comments on the Cotes du Rhones in 2010:
... the 2010s typically show considerably more precision and freshness, and more supple tannins in the case of the southern Rhône . " Jancis Robinson MW, Purple Pages
"As I have stated several times before, I love 2010. It is a great vintage, truly. I recommend buying it." Drinkrhone.com, John Livingstone-Learmonth.
Robert Parker chimes in on Domaine de Mourchon:
"This is the best estate today in Seguret, and they continue to take the quality of their Cotes du Rhone to an exciting level... They are gorgeously made, pure, rich, beautifully textured, savory, and everything a wine in Provence should be."
After all, aren't we all looking for wines we can serve every night without a compromise? It's natural to want our wines and drink them, too, isn't it? Every glass should be good - very good, in fact. That's what makes this Cotes du Rhone unbelievable.
Wine Spectator thinks so also:
Here are their tasting notes:- Fresh and juicy, with open-knit red cherry and currant fruit laced with hints of garrigue and tobacco. There's a nice chalky twinge on the finish
This wine is combination of Syrah and Grenache. The vines are old - 40 years! The soil is a magical combination of clay and limestone and gray sandstone on steep slopes. You all know how I feel about clay and limestone soil - clay for water retention during those hot, hot Provencal summers and limestone for drainage so the water goes right deep down to the roots. The yields are only 40 hectoliters per hectare, which is way below average for a wine of this price. The wine is not aged in oak.
On your next trip to Provence you should think about visiting Domaine de Mourchon. The winery 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 Provençal hues of dusty pinks and earthy tones. Waves of relaxing Provençal welcome wash over you as you stand with your glass of minerally and dark-hued Cotes du Rhone. You won't want to leave. Cynthia Hurley
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