grapes
grapes

Wisdom and Wine

Fine wines from France
Education, wine events, consultancy

Combe Julière Tasting Notes

2011 Côtes du Rhône

This wine has a very dense, full-red colour and has the aroma to match. The early impression is of intense richness with an underlying suppleness.

 

There are dark berry fruits, some currants and a distinct earthiness. In the background there are some spicy elements that add to the complexity.

 

The texture is quite fine for such a substantial wine and the finish is both long and supple. This is definitely one red that is ready to drink but will reward short to medium term cellaring.

Grape Varieties: 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan

Vines: Average age of 50 years; yield of 35 hl /ha.

Region: Rasteau
Soil: Clay/limestone

Vinification: the grapes were de-stemmed, a cold maceration was completed - the fermentation lasted 20 days.

2011 Rasteau

The appellation of Rasteau is the most recently elevated ‘Cru’ in the Rhône Valley. This puts it on a similar plane to Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas.

 

Here the message is about the depth and power of Southern Rhone Grenache with a little complexity added by the addition of Mourvèdre and Carignan. The dark red colour leads into an aroma of reserved power and intense fruits. Along the way there are liquorice and aniseed notes that add a further complexity.

 

The mouthfeel is quite delightful as is the long, impressive finish. A wine with power and elegance that will reward medium-term cellaring of 6 to 8 years.

 

 

Grape Varieties: 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan

Vines: Average age of 70 years; yield of 30 hl /ha.

Region: Rasteau
Soil: Clay/limestone

Vinification: the grapes were de-stemmed, and a cold maceration was completed in 5 days, the fermentation lasted 30 days.

2010 Cuvée Aimé

Laurent Robert, owner and winemaker of the Domaine, named this wine in honour of his father. Some of the grapes are sourced from 100 year old Grenache vines and that quality is seen in the quality and intensity of the finished product.

 

The colour is concentrated and goes to the rim of the glass. On the nose there are two main impressions. The first is the ‘purity’ of the fruit with a concentrate of red berries, exotic spices and herbal overtones. The other impression is a wine of reserved power and yet underlying elegance.

 

The first impact is a rush of very rich and powerful berry fruits made more complex by the spicy characters and the overtones of liquorice and anise. The flavours are totally integrated and the finish is extremely long but also tied in with an inherent balance that is reserved for the very best wines.

 

This is a supreme example of just how good the red wines from the southern Rhone can be and will repay cellaring for up to a decade.

Grape Varieties: 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan

Vines: Average age 70 years; yield of 30 hl /ha.

Region: Rasteau
Soil: Clay/limestone

Vinification: the grapes were de-stemmed, and a cold maceration was completed, the fermentation lasted for 30 days. The wine was aged in oak for 12 months.