2005 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Select

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Languedoc-Roussillon;
$14.49

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A customer and I got into a long conversation about 2005 Bordeaux wines which ultimately lead to a discussion of wine prices. I admit, I have bought some ‘05’s, and hope to buy more, but none of the blue chip first growths and such for me. No, my pared down lifestyle won’t allow for that. However, as I explained to my customer rather optimistically, as long as there are bang for your buck, complex, and charming country wines out there, I know I will always be drinking well. This interchange came rushing back to me from the depths of my cluttered mind as I took my first whiff of the 2005 Rouge Select from Chateau D’Or et de Gueules. THIS IS IT! This is what I was talking about! Warm, sticky blue/black berry fruit aromas drift out of the glass revealing crushed rock and earthy minerality. At a staff development day, the first taste of this wine unleashed a great big smile from me. I looked to my colleagues for validation and consensus. I was met with equally giddy smiles. Yes, this is good, really good.



A little background: Diane Puymorin purchased the estate in 1998 and embarked on a vigorous task of replanting and other such winery improvements. The fruits of her labor are definitely paying off, as her wines go from strength to strength. Her wines are not going unnoticed either. Diane was recently featured in Decanter where they described her wines as “stylish, complex and assertive-much like herself”. A featured Wine House Staff favorite, the 2003 Rouge Select received a whopping 91 pts from the Wine Advocate and virtually disappeared from our store in a matter of minutes (what little we had left from our persistent recommendations). So let this be a warning to you: buy now, you won’t regret it. I am going to go out on the limb and say the ‘05 is even better than the ’03. A blend of roughly half syrah with the balance divided between old vine carignan and grenache, this deeply fruited red has dimension and complexity. There is certainly ample fruit but then there is that added something else that can only be described as that “Chateau D’or et de Gueules thing”. Yes, that is a technical term the Wine House staff has coined. One sip of this wine and you’ll immediately understand. An analogy I like to overuse is that it gives me the same type of pleasure that a true old-vine zinfandel does, not necessarily similar in flavor but it has that combo of gooey fruit matched with soil and herb.

And so, Lent is finally over, my family is celebrating Easter and after my fill of vodka and kholodetz (you’ll have to look this one up) my plan is to marinate some Lamb, throw it on the grill and wash it down with this amazing wine! – Anya Balistreri

2005 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Select

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Languedoc-Roussillon;
$14.49

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$12.31 per bottle with case discount.

The Pinot Noir of the Languedoc

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:06 PM

2005 Domaine Sainte Eugenie Corbieres

Red Wine; other red varietal; Languedoc-Roussillon;
$11.49

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$9.76 per bottle with case discount.

 

This wine tastes nothing like Pinot Noir.But sometimes a wine hits me in a way that has nothing to do with the flavors and everything to do with impressions. And out come these semi-contradictory statements. I was talking to a customer the day after drinking a bottle of this, trying to explain why I liked it so much, and out came the title of this email. Call it new wave, call it false advertising, I call it sometimes my notes are more intuitive than logical. It’s the experience of the wine that conjures similar sensations. This Corbieres is medium bodied with less tannin than wines in its peer group, and it pairs eerily well with all sorts of meals. Though it’s not a muscle wine, it still has the ability to impress, and it is texturally pleasing. Pair this with the pepper and sandalwood of the south and you have an intriguing, dynamic wine. It’s one of those bottles that you pour without fanfare, but by the end of the bottle everybody is asking for more and complimenting your wine buying saavy. All for less than $120 a case.

Another way to frame it is that this is a wine that people who like Pinot Noir can enjoy as a substitute for what is passing for the variety in this price range. Why? It’s a wine that is fun to smell. I put it in one of those big bowl Burgundy glasses, and I was having a great time. It has a soft, caressing mouthfeel, and there’s no palate bruising. Then there are the flavors: Rhone, and South of France, yes, but instead of rusticity you have soft tannins and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It’s a best of both worlds situation except for the fact that there’s another world to take into account, and that’s value. When’s the last time you had an under $10 Pinot that you thought was any good at all? The under $10 Burgundy days are long gone, but this Corbieres marches on.

This wine is a great deal by the bottle, but a case gets our discount. That’s $9.76 per bottle, a price that makes me proud to work here. With all the talk of the down dollar and expensive imports, this Corbieres is having none of it. To me this is exactly the kind of wine that makes adventurous, small companies (like us) so valuable to the wine consumer. We have 25 cases from our LA warehouse scheduled to arrive tomorrow (Monday). We have more coming late Spring/early Summer. If you miss out, please email us with your needs and we will contact you when it arrives concerning price and availability. – Ben Jordan

2005 Domaine Sainte Eugenie Corbieres

Red Wine; other red varietal; Languedoc-Roussillon;
$11.49

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$9.76 per bottle with case discount.

 

Tasting Notes

I pretty much went over this earlier in the email, but I really like the aromatics on this wine. It has peppery, herb, spice mélange thing going on and it really does draw you in like good Pinot Noir does. It’s like having the flavors of the southern Rhone with the subtlety and class of Burgundy. I’ve had this wine four times now, and I keep coming back. Peter and I served it at our dinners with Subculture Dining Friday and Saturday nights. Every time I was impressed with the quality and versatility of this wine. For the curious: This is mostly old vine Carignan finished with Grenache and Syrah.

 

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