Friday, 27 April 2012

From the Southern Rhone to Canterbury

Last night was my annual jaunt to the south of Kent for a tasting with the group. Group chairman/secretary (I am never sure what the roles are), Keith Powis had been called away so there was quite a different dynamic than usual but he was missed. The tasting was very lively and the wines were well received - all showing rather well.

The wines I took along (one non-Rhone but who's counting?) were:

White wines
Mourchon, Côtes du Rhône 2010 “La Source”
DomaineTreloar, VDP Côtes Catalan 2010 “Terre Promis” (really lovely wine, coming together well)

Red wines
Domaine deCristia, VDP Mediterrannée 2010 (mini-Chateauneuf, excellent price)
Domaine de la Charité, Côtes du Rhône 2010 (very pure CDR)

Perrin, Vinsobres 2009 “Les Cornuds”
Raymond Usseglio, Côtes du Rhône 2009 (mini-Chateauneuf, a real contender)

Domaine Bressy-Masson, Rasteau 2009 “Paul-Emile” (just gorgeous)
Domaine des Côteaux des Travers, Rasteau-CDR Villages 2007 “Prestige” (masterful)

Domaine de Cristia, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005 (classic but modern)
Raymond Usseglio, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006 “Impèriale” (majestic)

Dessert wine
Domaine des Côteaux desTravers, Rasteau 2007 (maturing nicely - some Rancio character emerging)

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