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Rhone Keeps Rocking & Rolling!

Rhone Keeps Rocking & Rolling!

The scores keep rolling in from the Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Tanzer's International Wine Cellar and it's clear the 2010 vintage is going to be a Rhone vintage for the story books. The 2010 vintage has all the key components that make wine collecting exciting: Rich deep fruit; Beautifully balanced spice and minerality; Tannins...Tannins...Tannins; Record high scores and most importantly SMALL YEILDS AND PRODUCTION LEVELS.

Today we're focusing on Chateauneuf du Pape – already a 97WA rated vintage for Chateauneuf du Pape specifically, we've been watching the scores come screaming in and our stocks disappear almost instantly:


The "tumult", to borrow one of Andrew McMurray's favorite words, has been thrilling and I wanted to sneak out three of my favorite Chateauneuf du Pape producers before the Wine Spectator has a chance to review them: Clos St. Jean, Domaine de Marcoux, and Domaine Giruad :

Clos St. Jean has been in existence since 1910 and run by various members of the Tacusssel family and since enlisting the help of Philippe Cambie in 2002 has been on a major qualitative roll, going from one strong vintage to the next. Most notably the domaine's success has been in providing an excellent quality to price ratio even in stellar vintages. The Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2010 is a perfect example garnering 93-96pts from The Wine Advocate as well as 92-94pts from Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, and coming in under $50.00.

Domaine de Marcoux is run by the dynamic duo of Sophie and Catherine Armenier who have quickly become recognized for their elegant, pure and powerful expressions of Grenache. Look for copious gorgeous concentration, ripe tannins and striking minerality in both the Chateauneuf du Pape Marcoux as well as the Vieilles Vignes (sourced from the oldest vines in three lieu-dits: Gallimardes: Esquirons; and La Crau), these wines are built to stand the test of time. We were lucky to score allocations on both, with the Chateauneuf du Pape Marcoux scoring 91-93pts from The Wine Advocate and the Vieilles Vignes landing 93-95pts it was a tight squeeze to be able to offer these at the prices I'm offering out today. These are MUST HAVE WINES for collectors.

Domaine Giraud has land spread across the lieu-dits of Pignan, La Crau and Gallimardes and under the consultation of Philippe Cambie produces three red cuvees: Tradition, Les Gallimards and Les Grenache de Pierre – these are some of the most exciting and age-worthy wines in the region! Recognized as a rising star of the region, Domaine Giraud is turning heads in a major way, the Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition held down an impressive 92-94pts from The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker himself. Perhaps the best offer of the day however is single cuvee, Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes, 95-97WA is a gem that "blew me away" – Robert Parker, issue #197.

All in all, these wines are decadent, powerful, beautifully rich and tantalizing. In a dream vintage like 2010 we are strongly urging our clients to not wait for more scores to drop, because our stock won't be here when they do. To place your order today please contact our Customer Service department via phone (866.922.4971), email (cs@zachys.com) or visit us online at zachys.com.

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