2009 Mas de Boislauzon Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Les Deux Chenes

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 89
Red Wine
Price :
$16.95
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70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Aged in tank.

"A very aromatic red, exhibiting warm plum and blackberry confiture notes up front, followed by dark anise, steeped black currant and smoldering tobacco flavors. Really solid, ending with a long, fleshy finish. Drink now through 2012. 2,800 cases made. " (WS)

"A sleeper selection is the beautiful 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages. It offers up loads of black cherry and raspberry fruit intertwined with notes of loamy soil, garrigue, licorice and spice box. A quintessential expression of southern Rhone winemaking, it is medium to full-bodied, lush and ideal for drinking over the next 2-3 years.

The brother and sister team of Daniel and Christine Chaussy has been on top of its game for many years. Their greatest wines to date, the 2007s, have been followed by brilliant performances in 2009 as well as the excellent Chateauneuf du Papes made in the challenging 2008 vintage." (WA)

ANOTHER ’09 WINNER, THIS TIME A REMARKABLE $16.95 COTES DU RHONE 2009 MAS de BOISLAUZON, “Les Deux Chenes”, Btld. by EARL CHAUSSY, Appellation Cotes du Rhone Villages

The quality of the ‘09’s varies in the Southern Rhone wines, so prior to trying this wine I wasn’t sure what to expect. Then I opened this ’09 Cotes du Rhone Village, and right from the first whiff, I knew this was something special for a Cotes du Rhone and then I tasted the wine and it bowled me over by its quality and depth of flavor.

Though the major grape variety used in this wine is Grenache, my “gut response” was that the wine exhibited a lot of Syrah character with its aromas and flavors of currants, dark cherries and blackberries. What is also remarkable is the elegant finish that remained longer on the palate then one would expect from a wine with a relatively minor appellation of Cotes du Rhone Villages. Robert Parker with his uncanny ability to rate Rhone wines, gave this wine an 89 and writes that it is, “A sleeper selection is the beautiful 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages. It offers up loads of black cherry and raspberry fruit intertwined with notes of loamy soil, garrigue, licorice, and spice box. A quintessential expression of southern Rhone winemaking, it is medium to full-bod¬ied, lush and ideal for drinking over the two to three-years.”

The wines produced by the brother and sister team of Danel and Christine Chaussy, who for a goodly amount of years have produced one of the very finest Chateauneuf-du-Papes. I remember how exceptional both the Chateauneuf and Cotes du Rhone 2007’s were from this team, and at least as far as the Cotes du Rhone goes its of at least equally quality.

If your looking for a hearty but also elegant red, this ’09 is one of the best currently on the market from anywhere in the world selling for under $20 (let alone its discount price of $16.95).

RATING: 91+

PRICE: $16.95 ***bargain

WHERE Los Angeles Wine Co.

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