Clos du Mont-Olivet, Côtes du Rhône "Vieilles Vignes" 2013

Clos du Mont-Olivet, Côtes du Rhône "Vieilles Vignes" 2013

Exceptional quality - a gem from the southern Rhône.
$15
This wine personifies freshness, structure and complexity. Revealing itself over the course of many hours, it starts with meaty raspberry, candied flower, gravel, and a terrific retro-nasal black pepper blowback that takes on life with air. There’s weight and complexity that you will not find here in California at $15/bottle.
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With roots that trace back to 1547, the Sabon family sources this 40-year-old-vine blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane from their gravel and clay-pocked estate vineyard in the northern reaches of the southern Rhône, on the border of Vaucluse and Drôme. How the French can produce 600 cases of wine like this and sell it such that I can offer it to you at $15 boggles the mind – if you added a villages appellation to this (such as Vacqueyras or Gigondas), its $30-40/bottle.

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