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Tasting note: Is it Rhone, or is it Australian?
The French wine region called Cotes du Rhone ("hillsides of the Rhone") is a vast area along the river of the same name, producing a lake of wine - most of it red - that can range from light, fruity and short-lived quaffers to serious, robust wines worth keeping. Today's example falls toward the latter extreme, a wine so inky and full-bodied that it stains the glass.
Domaine Réméjeanne 1999 Cotes du Rhone Villages "Genevriers" ($10.99)
Inky blackish-purple, with deep aromas of black fruit, plums and prunes, and an odd, pleasant herbal scent that the wine maker likens to juniper berries ("genevriers" in French, hence the wine's name). Big, mouth-filling and acidic, a bit monolithic, but abundant fruit and soft tannins in balance suggest aging potential. A blend of mostly Syrah and Grenache, it bears some resemblance to a "blockbuster" Australian red, but there's definitely a French accent here. U.S. importers: Vintner Select, Cincinnati, and Steven Grant.
(May 9, 2001)
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Thursday, May 10, 2001
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