2010 Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone

Hello friends. 2010 in the Rhone has been heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime vintage. Using our patented Wine-Trade Hyperbole-to-Reality Adjustomator, that means 2010 is likely the vintage of the decade. Still not bad, and likely to surpass the well-loved 2007s. The only drawback (as it always seems to go) is that it was a low-yield vintage, so these wines will come and then go in a blink.

Today we sneak-preview the vintage by starting with the vanguard: Cotes-du-Rhone.

CdRs are typically the first wines in the region to be released, so they can serve as trailers to the Chateauneuf and Gigondas and Vacqueyras movies that will be released during Oscar season. Even in a good vintage, Cotes-du-Rhone can be something of a minefield, so it is wise to sample broadly. The best versions can provide incredible value. The worst can make me rethink my career choice.

I have tasted a bunch of ‘10s, looking for that example that serves as a bellwether for the vintage, and today’s wine rose to the cream of a fine crop:

Established in 1998, Mourchon quickly built a strong reputation, spurred on my glowing reviews from Jancis Robinson and then cemented last October when Robert Parker wrote: “[TEXT WITHHELD].”

Their Cotes-du-Rhone is a 60/40 blend of Grenache/Syrah, from their “youngest” vines (average age: 40 years), raised entirely in concrete. With no oak, it’s fruit and mineral that come to the fore, an aromatic riot of raspberry and blackberry, tar and asphalt. On the palate, the fruit flavors repeat the berry notes, now rounded out with fig and hoisin. There is a nice mineral streak too, something ferrous, bloody. This displays balance, intensity, and length, and contains an incredible amount of stuffing and structure for the tariff.

The Rhone Report (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90pts.”

First come first served up to 24 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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