This smart package just happens to contain two of my favorite wines of the year, winemaker Alain Jaume's sumptuous Grand Veneur Lirac, and the shockingly delicious Becassonne Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc, from the portfolio of Washington DC's own Robert "Bobby" Kacher. Rounding it out are two stylish Rhône reds from master blender Alain Corcia, a.k.a. "Our Man in France."Grand Veneur Lirac "Clos de Sixte" 2010 (France)Clermont-Tonnerre (Corcia) Cotes du Rhone "Cairanne Tres V.V." 2010 (France)Clermont-Tonnerre (Corcia) Ventoux "Patricia" 2011 (France)Becassonne (Brunel) Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012 (France)
Eye: Deep and dark red. Shiny. Nose: Fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Palate: Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine. Overall: Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
"As Guigal says, the 2004 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is "very Burgundian." Forest floor, herb, underbrush, red currant, and sweet cherry notes dominate the aromatics and flavors of this medium-weight, peppery, slightly herbaceous wine. It has turned out to be outstanding, no easy task in a year with record-setting yields and many overly vegetal northern Rhones. This is a sexy, seductive 2004 to enjoy over the next 7-8 years. "
?Bright purple. This looks like a much younger wine. Heady aromas of candied black and blue fruits, garrigue and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Rich but lively, offering vibrant cherry and boysenberry flavors that gain energy and sweetness with air. Quite showy, with excellent finishing clarity, soft tannins and lingering sweetness. Demonstrates the best attributes of this ripe vintage.?