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2011 Domaine Grand Nicolet Vieilles Vignes Rasteau
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- Cellar 4 - 5 years (2018-2019)
- ABV 15%
- Closure: Cork
The first hectare of vines was planted on the Domaine Grand Nicolet property in 1875. The winery was established in 1926 and further plantings of Grenache and Carignan were made, replacing cereal crops. The present owner, Jean Pierre Bertrand purchased the Estate in 1999 which has now expanded to 20 hectares (50 acres) of vines. Rhone super star Philippe Cambie acts as consultant.
‘An Impressive Rasteau loaded with flavour’
The 'Vielles Vignes' is a cuvee of 70% Grenache (sourced from 60 year old vines) and 30% Syrah (sourced from 30 year old vines). Opaque black crimson red colour with a dark crimson red hue. The nose is quite alluring with perfumed scents of black cherry, liquorice and incense followed by some meatiness and blackpepper. Medium to full bodied the palate possesses superb depth and length delivering a generous flavour profile of black cherries, black raspberry and liquorice with a background of spicy dried meats and blackpepper. Solidly built but velvety tannins. Long aftertaste of liquorice, black cherry, some meaty characters and spicy blackpepper.
Run by Jean-Pierre Bertrand, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie, this top-notch estate covers over 70 acres, mostly in Rasteau.
Even more impressive is the 2011 Rasteau Vieilles Vignes. Comprised of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah – aged all in concrete – that was harvest late in September, it’s inky purple color is followed by a dense, serious bouquet of black fruits, plum, new leather and graphite. This full-bodied, structured and fresh effort is one of the more serious Rasteaus in the vintage. Drink it over the coming 8-9 years. Drink 2014-2022.
Jeb Dunnuck – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate