Recently, we received a shipment of new vintages of Rhone Wines and Burgundies from wine.com, an on-line purveyor of a wide selection of wines from around the world. Here's what we got.
Tavel and Gigondas
Among our favorite wines are those of Tavel (Rosés) and Gigondas (Grenache based Reds).
2020 Domaine de la Modorée Tavel Rosé, "La Dame Rousse" ($36.99) - This is pricey for a Rosé, but worth it. It displays a brilliant copper-pink color and seductive aromas of fraises de bois, pomegranate, red currants, blood orange, pink roses, orange blossoms, pink lavender and pink incense. The flavors are well extracted, yet deft, with delicious red and pink fruits that are accented by grape skins, orange peel and mas minerals. The resonance continues on the back with fraise and cassis liqueurs and, again, orange peel, followed by s lingering, lightly spiced dry yet finely fruited finish. 19/20 points. This Domaine also makes an excellent Cotes du Rhone Rose ($26.99). See posting of July 1 below. 18.5/20 points.
2018 Famille Perrin Gigondas, "La Gille" ($35.99) - From a respected South Rhone producer, this offers a deep ruby color and rich, smoky aromas of wild raspberry, cranberry, brambly currant, orange peel, crushed wild roses, mulberry, pipe tobacco, garrigue, olive tapenade and spiced incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with generous, yet focused red and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa, French roast and Montmirial minerals. On the back, the wine opens up with pressed fruits, roasted nuts, framboise and crème de cassis liqueurs and charcoal, followed by a savory, juicy moderate tannin finish. 18.5+/20 points.
2017 Paul Jaboulet Gigondas, "Pierre Aiguille" ($23.99) - Composed of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, this displays a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of raspberry, black currant, crushed black roses, tobacco, black olive and spiced incense, The flavors are generous (typical of Grenache) yet focused, with loads of up front fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa, French roast and rocky minerals. The penetration continues on the back with pressed fruits, framboise and cassis liqueurs, mocha, and charcoal, followed by a satisfying spiced, chewy finish. Delivers a lot of flavor for the price. 18.5/20 points.
2017 Lavau Gigondas ($27.99) - With 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, this is a robust Gigondas. It exhibits a deep ruby-crimson color and an intense nose of blackberry, black currant and black plum, with scents of black roses, pipe tobacco, garrigue (lavender and herbs), olive tapenade and spiced incense. The flavors are medium full-bodied, with ample, yet focused dark fruits that are infused with black licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and hillside minerals. On the back, the wine intensifies with macerated fruits, roasted nuts, crème de cassis, mocha and charcoal, followed by a savory ripe tannin finish. 18.5/20 points. Lavau also produces a bargain priced ($15.99) Tavel Rosé, reviewed below May 29. 18.5/20 points.
2017 Alain Jaume Gigondas, "Terrasses de Montmirial" ($37.99) - This boasts a semi opaque ruby color and an intoxicating nose of raspberry, black currant, black plum, black roses, dark tobacco, garrigue, olive tapenade and spiced incense. The flavors are thick and generous, yet focused, with layers of dark fruits that are infused with licorice, cocoa, French roast and Montmirial terraces granitic minerals. The saturation continues on the back with macerated fruits, roasted nuts, crème de cassis, toffee and burnt charcoal followed by a lingering, savory (cardamom, clove) ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points.
The Burgundies of Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret
In 2014, on our trip to France, we visited Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret in Vosne-Romanée. We saw the ancient cellar and tasted outstanding wines. The Domaine owns extensive holdings in the Côtes de Nuit and Côtes de Beaune. When I recently found the wines being offered by wine.com, I put in an order for them.
2018 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($31.99) - All Domaine produced, this presents a deep ruby color and engaging aromas of raspberry, cherry, currant, orange peel, crushed black roses, tobacco, sage and stick incense. The flavors are deliciously rich and supple, yet deep cored, with red fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa, pekoe tea and earth. The appeal continues on the back with pressed fruits, mocha, framboise and crème de cassis liqueurs, recurring orange peel and soft charcoal, all followed by a smooth moderate tannin finish, lifted by bright fruit acids. "Delicious," says Lynn. 18.5/20 points.
2017 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, "Les Dames Hughettes" ($36.99) - The Hautes Côtes is situated above the Côtes de Nuits. This wine is a fine example of high elevation Pinot Noir. It shows a brick red color and smoky aromas of fraises de bois, cherry and red currant, with scents of crushed roses, bayberry, orange peel, sagebrush and sultry incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with medium bodied but substantial red fruits that are imbued with red licorice, cocoa powder, black tea and minerals. On the back, the wine invigorates and fleshens out, with pressed berries, roasted nuts, fraise and crème de cassis liqueurs and soft charcoal, followed by a moderate tannin and acid finish. 18.5/20 points.
2017 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru, Les Narbantons ($69.99) - Savigny is situated between Aloxe-Corton and Beaune. This shows a deep brick red color and rich, earthy aromas of fraises de bois, black cherries, black currants, wild roses, mulberry, tobacco, sandalwood and smoldering incense. The flavors, as well, are attention-getting, with mouth filling red fruits that are infused with licorice, cocoa powder, French roast and Savigny hillside minerals. On the back, the wine thickens with macerated fruits, grilled nuts, mocha, fraise and cerise liqueurs and crème de cassis, all followed by s lingering chewy yet satiny moderate tannin finish. 19/20 points.
2017 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Pernand-Vergelesses, Premier Cru, Les Vergelesses ($79.99) - From a vineyard situated near Corton, this shows a brick red color and classic aromas of fraises de bois, old tree cherries, wild currants, crushed roses, sweet tobacco, sandalwood, orange peel, violets and oriental incense. On the palate, the flavors are deliciously velvety ("velours") yet vigorous, with red fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa, café au last and high elevation earth and granite. The wine builds up on the back with sensations of pressed fruits, roasted nuts, fraise and crème de cassis liqueurs and recurring orange peel, all followed seamlessly by a lingering, satiny tannin and balanced fruit acid finish. 19+/20 points.