Wine advocate (Jeb
One of my favorite wines from this
estate, the 2012 Rasteau offers tons
of ripe dark fruit, crushed rock,
licorice and minerality in its full-bodied,
concentrated profile. Made from 75%
Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10%
Mourvedre, it’s a classic Rasteau to
drink over the coming 7-8 years.
This is another impressive lineup from oenolgist Xavier Vignon, who works with the likes of Raymond Usseglio, Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name a few. These are all negociant wines, but they obviously have access to some serious vineyard, and the winemaking is impeccable. Looking at these latest releases, his 2013s buck the vintage stereotype with their ripe, textured profiles, and his 2012s are certainly up with some of the top wines of the vintage as well. In addition, prices remain more than reasonable here. If you haven’t yet discovered these wines, now is a great time. As a side note, I’m halfway through a case of his 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape, with every wine showing brilliantly. These can drink nicely in their youth, yet age beautifully as well...