The latest edition of the Rhone Report has just landed in my email in-box.
We are delighted to see that Jeb Dunnuck has increased his scores significantly after tasting the finished wines. The lovely 2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Tour du Lion has risen from 89-92 to 94 Points - a score much more in keeping with my experience.
And that makes these hard to find Magnums an even better deal!
The wines are made by Mireille Fabre, one of a small number of female winemakers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Her style is more feminine than many and her top wine Feminessance brilliantly captures her stylish, expressive winemaking. La Tour du Lion is full of character with a hint of the exotic and pure, layered fruit. It is a knockout.
You might not know the domaine but Robert Parker says "If you haven't caught on to Tour St.-Michel, it's about time, as this is a major up-and-coming estate." "There are three cuvees, all of them brilliant in both 2009 and 2010." They also produced Decanter Magazine's second best Chateauneuf-du-Pape of the 2009 vintage from a field of 235 wines!
These Magnums are now very limited so please act quickly if you would like to secure a few.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee La Tour du Lion MAGNUM 2010
Normal Price $132.00
Pre Arrival Price $112.00
The Rhone Report: More traditional and mineral-laced, the 2010 La Tour du Lion is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre that is aged mostly in tank, with 20% of the blend seeing 2-year-old barrels. Elegant and more approachable than the Feminessence, it delivers plenty of black fruit characteristics to go with notions of smoked earth, wet stone, and meaty qualities, with only a hint of the barrique aging showing. This is followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously fruited 2010 that has a fleshy, mouth filling texture, brilliant purity, and a seamless finish. It should be better in a handful of years, and have 10-12 years or more of overall longevity. 94 Points
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Feminessance MAGNUM 2010
Normal Price $170.00
Pre Arrival Price $144.00
The Rhone Report: Easily the most modern in the lineup, yet absolutely beautifully done, the 2010 Domaine Tour Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Feminessence is a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah that is aged half in new, and half in 1-year-old, French oak barrels. It offers up an intense array of black cherry liqueur, blackberry, white chocolate, vanilla, and spice box-like aromatics that give way to a full-bodied, seamless palate that has a decadent, almost voluptuous texture, pure fruit, and brilliant richness. I am certainly a fan, but it will not be for everyone given the modern slant. Nevertheless, I think the oak and modern profile here will mostly integrate with 4-5 years of bottle age, and it will have 12-15 years or more of total longevity. 94 Points
You can view and order the wines on our website by clicking here.
Or you may order by email or telephone. Delivery is scheduled for late November 2012.
Don't miss this opportunity to add some high-rating magnums to your cellar at the right price.