at East End Wines – June 20, 4p-8p
Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut NV – 22.57 – Dry in style, freshly crisp with apple skin and lemon flavors. The wine has a touch of almonds to balance the intense fruity acidity. A bright apéritif wine. – Roger Voss. Very delicate and fresh nose, Harmonious on the palate with a nice acidity, A lot of volume and a very long finish typical of Vouvray’s best soils. The quality of a vintage sparkling Vouvray.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2012 Blanc – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Tasty, clean Viognier way in the background. Made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Rolle (Vermentino). No Malolactic fermentation. Medium weight. Nice texture. Juicy. Tasty. A former star of Vino Vino’s Turkey Fest. We like it too. USually aged about 4 months in stainless steel tanks. Dry, with balancing fresh acid. Lemony, with a hint of tropical ripeness.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2013 Rosé – 15.57 – Costières-de-Nîmes –. Grenache – Placed second out of 25 in a big Dallas News tasting of the 2013 vintage. Fruit is all red with strawberries and brambly raspberry, watermelon without being sweet. Mineral, iron & blood, meaty quality – fresh & herbal. Stony, dusty mineral, and a little more sweet creaminess from ML or lees. Concentration without deeper color or tannins, balanced, medium-full body amongst our rosé picks.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2010 Rouge – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Usually Syrah – Grenache, 80 / 20. Tank, aged 10 months in concrete. Meatiness, without being super smoky / or stewed fruit. Medium-Full bodied, balanced acidity and lots of concentration here. Black fruit of cherry, blackberry, black plum, earth, herby garrigue character (the undergrowth / herbs that grow in the neighborhood). Very ripe. Black pepper. Dusty mineral on the finish. Good to grab 2010. 4 (strong buy) rating, on the cheap.