Here you will find a short press review of the Rhone Gang. Our wines are regularly cited among the best wines to be found in southern France by wellknown wine critics.
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:: "The young Louis Barruol has quickly emerged as one of the southern Rhone's most talented young winemakers."...
:: "If you have not yet tried the wines of St.-Cosme, you're missing the boat."...
:: "his classic Cote Rotie could compete with some of Marcel Guigal's great single vineyard offerings."...
:: "Valbelle 1996: the Gigondas of the vintage."...
:: "Chateauneuf du pape 2001: full body, an unctuous texture, super concentration, and terrific depth."
:: "Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albion: A spectacular value."...
:: "The wines from St.-Cosme are sure things."...
:: “One of the superstar estates of the Cotes du Ventoux (located in the village of Mormoiron), Chateau Pesquie's 2003 Cotes du Ventoux La Quintessence blanc is a 6,000-bottle blend of Clairette and Roussanne. Among the finest dry whites I have tasted from this region, this tank-aged effort exhibits
aromas of orange marmalade, citrus oils, pears, peaches, and honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied and fleshy, it is best consumed over the next 1-2 years.”
:: "This estate's reputation is based on their value-priced, impeccably made reds. The 2003 Côtes du Ventoux Les Terrasses (70% tank-aged Grenache and 30% wood-aged Syrah) is a soft, sexy, delicious effort that comes across like a mid-weight Châteauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, pepper, and spice box are present in this medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, heady wine. Drink over the next 3-4 years."
“A better-than-average Côtes du Rhône from an excellent vintage and a smallish producer based near Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The winemaker, Rodolphe de Pins, has worked at Henschke in the Eden Valley... This gentle light-to medium-bodied red is a blend of grenache, mourvedre, syrah and carignan, with ripe red berry and spicy, herby aromas and raspberry, red plum and cedar flavours. Expect its savoury notes to kick in when consumed with a beef or lamb stew.”
"De Pins is well known in the Australian wine industry, not only for visiting us to exhibit his Chateau de Montfaucon wines, but for also doing a vintage at Henshcke in the Barossa in 1992. His wines are available here in varying quantities and their prices, when compared with the escalating cost of some Rhône Wines, represent excellent value."
"So pure and authentic are Barruol's wines, that Saint-Cosme is destined to become one of the great names of the southern Rhone." "Purity of fruit, expression of terroir." "Gigondas Valbelle is a dense wine, velvet of texture and extraordinarily rich, with a magnificent, smoky bouquet of pepper and ripe black fruit, and nuances of tobacco, leather, or game, depending on the vintage and age of the bottle. A magnificent triumph of old vines and non-interventionism!"
"Intensely spicy and very suave in the mouth, with complex, superripe flavors of bitter cherry, currant, dark chocolate and black licorice."
"Full deep ruby. Very ripe but vibrant aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and flowers. Huge and thick with sappy, slightly roasted flavors of crystallized black fruits, mocha and spices. A Chateauneuf of impressive density and volume, as well as powerful structure; shows almost port-like surmaturite yet maintains shapes and lift. Builds inexorably on the back end. This is more massive than the 2001 Gigondas Valbelle but not more complex."
“This is modern Cotes du Ventoux, from an extensive and thoroughly renovated 72-hectare family property on which the Chaudieres obviously have the confidence to invest in all the right things: large, modern winery, good landscaping, lutte raisonnee (verging-on-organic viticulture), good-quality oak, own bottling line, etc, etc. Sheltered from the cold north wind, the vineyards slope southwards at a reasonably high altitude (around 500m) on gravels and pebbly soils. Les Terrasses is their basic bottling, but even this blend of 60 per cent Grenache and 40 per cent Syrah is made from vines which have been dug into the local Provencal landscape for between four and six decades. Only eight per cent of this simple cuvee was matured in barrel but the fruit is so intense (and, I suspect, yields so relatively low) that the wine strikes me as being ideally drunk between 2003 and 2005. It is a much deeper crimson than the Ventoux average (...) and has all the broad, concentrated, spicy appeal of a southern Rhone wine with a slightly subalpine lift. Rich, flattering and racy."
Baron Louis red 2001 *** 3 stars Coup de coeur: “Intense and deep
robe, powerful aromas, hints of spices and vanilla, onctuous in the mouth with
round and silky tannins, red and black fruits, spices...”
Cotes du Rhone 2000 ** 2 stars: “Exceptional and intense cuvee with hints of cooked fruits and orange confite. Wonderful structure, peppery and cinnamon aromas.”
Baron Louis ** 2 stars: “Regularly among the best wines of the appellation. Tannins and oak are quite dominant at the moment. This powerful wine has a wild character and good ageing potential.”
Cote Rotie 1997 : ** 2 stars Coup de Coeur
Chateauneuf du Pape 2001 : * 1 star
Gigondas 2004 : ** 2 Stars, Coup de coeur.
Quintessence aged in oak barrel 2003 : * One Star
Quintessence aged in oak barrel 2001 : * One Star