We have a small store close by which we use for bread, milk and the odd things we forgot in our main weekly shop. I always wander down their wine section and occasionally buy the odd bottle of wine which on the whole, so far, have all been pretty good. 264 more words
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2012 Domaine de l'Espigouette (Bernard Latour) Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu. This is the best of the CdRs I have been tasting lately. Only alightly better than the Pegau Setiers and it absolutely stomps the Chave Mon Coeur. Closest thing to a baby CdP one can buy. Dark fruit, licorice and even some kirsch liqueur. This is an astounding value at $18 at Spec's here in Austin. So good and easily worthy of a case buy.
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Taste-off between 2013 J.L. Chave Sélection Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur and N.V. Domaine La Suffrene Vin de Pays du Var over the course of the last two nights and I far preferred the much less expensive Suffrene. While the Chave has more stuffing and backbone, the balance and peppery fruit of the Suffrene is just irresistible. I believe a wine like the Suffrene is referred to as "Glou Glou" in France. This Chave just trues too hard to be a baby Saint Joseph or something along those lines. Nothing wrong, but not good enough for $20 while the Suffrene costs only $13.
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