(90 points Tim Atkins, 88 Points Robert Parker)
Cotes du Rhone 2016
(Natural Wine by Les Vignerons D Estezargues
Elegant reds perfect for summer dishes
Made by Johathan Maltus in his Saint Emilion Grand Cru Chateau
Drinking perfectly now the 2011 Bordeaux Superieur has softened to reveal blackcurrant and cedar
Terre de Mistral 2016
Made by the Natural Wine Makers at Les Vignerons D Estezargues
2016 has balance, moreishness and complexity and its drinking now.
12 bottles for $11.99 each
normally $31.50 (average price)
Each case will contain Pezat 2011 (6 bottles) Terre de Mistral 2016 (6 bottles)
Sean Mitchell - www.grapeobserver.com
Pezat is produced by Chateau Teyssier, which is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. The Pezat from the 2011 vintage has a certain elegance and class to it. It has aromatics of bright blackcurrant, cedar and juicy blackberry. The palate has some deli meat and leather characters and, with air, redcurrant, plum and blackberry flavours emerge. This is an elegant, balanced and enjoyable wine that can be approached now or over the next few years and is recommended. It will benefit from at least 20 minutes in a decanter.
Terre de Mistral 2016 (60% grenache, 20% syrah and 20% carignan)
Some of our own notes on this favourite.
It is named after the famous wind (the Mistral) that blows through the Rhône Valley to the Mediterranean. Deeply coloured, its aromatics remind principally of dark cherry, red plum and spice characters. The palate is medium bodied, has mildly textured chalky tannins and flavours of cherry and plum. There's good length on the finish. Overall, the wine achieves a balance, moreishness and complexity often unseen in Côtes du Rhône wines.
Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is a co-operative located near Avignon. Soils here are covered with large round stones characteristic of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. The Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues co-operative is truly unique in the wine world. Starting in 1995 the ten different growers in this co-op began to vinify their wine separately and make single cuvées from their best plots. They practice natural winemaking. Possibly one of the only co-ops in the world to do so. They use no external yeasts, no filtering, no fining and no enzymes.