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Monday, 9 December 2013

New Name, Long History - Grignan-les-Adhémar

Four southern Rhônes from Domaine de Montine, Delas and Cellier des Dauphins

Grignan-les-Adhémar is a new name for an old appellation - formerly Côteaux du Tricastin, it is the northernmost region of the southern Rhône with an oenological history stretching back over 2,000 years but re-branded in 2010.

These wines were all ripe-yet-balanced; the Cellier des Dauphins is a lovely quaffer that is ready to drink now, whilst the others show some complexity and aging potential - if you can't wait, put them in a decanter to allow them to open up.

Cellier Des Dauphins Cuvee Traditionelle 2011 (Asda £8.50) dark berries, vanilla sweetness and fresh fruit acidity; lively and vivacious. Surprisingly juicy and gluggable, very enjoyable.

Domaine de Montine Viognier 2012 (on-trade, c £23) medium straw yellow; citrus, zest some musky toastiness and a touch of pithy bitterness. Sweet ripe tropical citrus, a touch of sweet, warming spice and white pepper with beeswax and floral honey. Poised, balanced and complex. Good.

Delas 2011 (independents, £10) dark berries, spice and tar with a musky-feral-funky edge. Ripe berry fruit, peppery spice, fresh acidity; long and savoury, lovely texture. Will age. Very Good.

Domaine de Montine Emotion 2011 (on-trade, c £23) Grenache / Syrah blend, old vines, organic, two years in 2-4yo oak. Dark opaque purple; ripe dark fruit, cool mint, balancing acidity, ripe, firm tannins, lots of savoury spiciness; dense and long, with lots of stuffing. Muscular yet poised and precise. Will age. Very Good.

Other related articles
Rhône Tasting with H2Vin‏
Iggy Pop and Côtes du Rhône

Domaine de Montine - website, Facebook
Delas - website
Cellier des Dauphins - website

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