TNs: Two 07 Cotes du Rhones

  • 2007 Domaine les Grands Bois Côtes du Rhône Cuvée les Trois Soeurs - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (12/20/2009)
    14.5% alcohol. Dark red/purple color. Youthful bouquet of blue and black fruit, with vanilla and meat on the nose. In the mouth, a young bruiser, with strong fruit and good ripeness, a pleasant meaty quality, good acidity, and a rustic finish. B+
  • 2007 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (12/19/2009)
    14.0% alcohol. This has been, to date, my favorite example of the tasty 2007 Cotes du Rhones. Solid red color. Interesting, red-fruited nose that has great minerality and a distinct pepper note. In the mouth, racy and bright, with red-laced fruit but the pepper note stays, along with ample acidity. Solid finish showing some tannins. This is elegant and lovely, if just a touch rustic on the finish. B+/A-

Posted from CellarTracker

Someone tell Tom that the '07 Rhones are the greatest wines in the greatest vintage from any viticultural area EVAR.

Those 'B’s have no business being there.

Thanks for the notes Tom. I didn’t like the OH CDR that I popped a few months prior, but have read nice notes about it flowing in. I will open another one in the near future and re-evaluate.

Your last line indicates that touch of finishing rusticity is a pejorative in your vernacular. Not for me!

Rustic for me tends to denote something wrong on the finish … that is, it’s not something I covet. But it stood out in this wine because it WAS elegant … with just that of rusticity at the end that kept it from the A-.

I would say that, from what I’ve drunk at the low-level here, I prefer the 2005s from the Rhone. I also prefer the 2000s from Bordeaux … But I do not have my palate insured. [oops.gif]

Drinking the Hillaire now thanks to your rec Tom- that TN is spot on. Has nice red fruits and a decent but tannic finish. Stacks of this at Costco in Houston for $11.99