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2012 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Raymond Roure is a fantastic bottle of wine. Red and black fruit with olive tapenade and a pronounced dried herb/garrigue note that seems slightly unconventional for Crozes. That said, this has a soaring structure, plenty of acid and is both clean and complex. If you are expecting rusticity from this, you will be disappointed because it really drinks more like an Hermitage than a Crozes-Hermitage. And that, I believe, is the "secret" to this wine. The more time in bottle you can give this, the better. If you open one now, it needs a decant of several hours to show well. Treat it like an Hermitage and in another 5-10 years it will begin paying dividends.
2012 Domaine Richeaume Cuvée Columelle is just such a fun wine to drink. Started out hard as nails on night one with pure blackberry and blueberry and imposing tannins. On night two, and eventually night 3, the tannins had softened and the most amazing finessed earth, herbs and mushroom notes started to peek out from behind mostly brambly blackberry. Way too young, yet so fun to drink already. A blend of 53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Syrah and 4.5% Merlot.
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2010 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde is as good a bottle of entry-level/budget Côte-Rôtie one could ask for. Surprisingly ready to drink with round tannins and balanced acidity and fruit. On the nose it shows pretty violets, olive and black currants. On the palate the black currant fruit dominates with some cold smoke and cedar in the background. Finish is solid. Not sure this will make super old bones given how well it is drinking already, but with a little more age I suspect the bacon fat will become more pronounced which may be worth waiting for. Domaine Guigal nailed this one.
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2001 Domaine Jasmin Côte-Rôtie is a wine that is oddly advanced at age 16. Incredibly wild and animale with tertiary and barnyard aromas and flavors dominating. With some air, it mellows somewhat and a nice berry and olive tapenade comes to the fore, but in the end, this is a disappointing showing for a wine of this pedigree and especially from a vintage like this. I have one more bottle which will be opened soon.
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2000 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie is simply magic in a bottle. Pure violets and bacon fat, this has the texture of Grand Cru Burgundy. All silky and seductive. Perfect balance, and still ample structure and fruit to keep improving. This is the kind of wine that really proves the rewards of cellaring. So insanely good.
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