2009 Domaine Bressy-Masson Rasteau Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Cuvee Paul Emile

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Price :
$19.95
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"Dense and fleshy, with lots of dark, juicy fig, boysenberry and cassis fruit flavors layered with alluring anise, black tea and roasted apple wood notes. Drink now through 2012." (WS)

"This classic Rasteau exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of kirsch liqueur, white chocolate and spice. Unctuously textured with sweet tannin and low acidity, this plump, corpulent 2009 should drink nicely for 7-8 years. " (WA)

THE OTHER GREAT RED RHONE BUY IN L.A., AND IT’S ONLY $19.95 2009 RASTEAU. COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, CUVEE PAUL EMILE, Est. Btld. MARIE-FRANCE MASSON

In the past month or so, I have had well over a dozen Southern Rhone wines, some were forgettable, some were o.k. but not that special and two were exceptional. One is the Lirac mentioned as the first item in this issue and the other is this impressive red from the noted Rhone village of Rasteau and estate bottled by what I consider the best wine producer of this commune. This ’09 exhibits a deep intense purple color, with a full-bodied yet still velvety texture, which also exhibits aromas and appealing flavors of pomegranates, currants, ripe dark black berries, cocoa and a slight and appealing earthy touch of roasted meat, wild mushrooms and hints of vanilla coming from the oak aging. This hearty wine is now impressive and will even gain with at least a year or two of aging and keep well throughout the decade.

The firm of Bressy-Masson produces several excellent Rastrau reds. This particular Cuvee Paul Emile is most likely a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. I have had many wines from this firm and this ’09 is the best one I have yet experienced.

RATING: 91+

PRICE: $19.95 ***bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. The age of the vines are 80 years or more and it's aged for 12 months in barrels.