B invited me for a Rhone tasting at Caveau on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Somehow, more often than not, a simple wine tasting has extended into a 9 hours (12pm to 9pm) marathon of wine drinking. But surprisingly, i wasn't drunk but just uncomfortable with the huge amount of food/crackers and liquid consumed.
We tasted 19 Rhone wines at Caveau ranging from Cote Du Rhone, CDP, Gigondas, Cote Rotie to some whites from the region. i'll just have a brief note on the wines that day.
2002 Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone@40SGD:
Eye: Dark Garnet Red
Nose: Gamey, Kirsh. Animal
Palate: Some lift of bitter herbs at end palate. So so
2003 Clos Du Callou Cotes Du Rhone Bouquet Des Garrigues@48SGD
Nose: Candied Cherry, some LorHonGuo or chinese herbs. Sweet big bitter chinese tea. Complex
Palate:Silky, tannin, end palate some grippy tannin emerged
2003 Lucien Et Andre Brunel Cotes Du Rhone Cuvee Sommelongue@47SGD
Nose:Woody tone, furry pepper
Palate:Grippy tannins, enjoyable for a CDR
2003 Fonsalette Cotes Du rhone@102SGD
Eye: Intense red
Nose:Complex and intense nose of fruit, MOU-FA-GUO, chinese herbal note
Very impressive Cotes Du Rhone, but the price put everybody off
2001 Domain De La Vieille Julienne CDP@70SGD
Nose: Sweet, cherry beefy
Palate: some woody tone on palate. So so typical CDP.
Rated 90RP but boring stuff. Jammy
2002 Domain De La Vieille Julienne CDP@64SGD
Similar to the 2001 but with more alcohol heat and less complexity and intensity
2003 Clos Du Caillou CDP@117SGD
Nose: Sweet Licorice, herbs
Palate: Grippy tannins. Typical CDP
2003 Lucien et Andre Brunel CDP les Cailloux@72.76SGD
Nose: very Complex, bitter furry licorice. Beasty
Nose: Very very great intensity without killing alcohol. Liquor nose.
AMazing, the best CDP so far!
2001 Domain De LA crillone Cotes Du Ventoux@58.85sgd
Nose: Furry, bitter, woddy, kirsh. Big on medicinal herbs
2003 Saint Cosme Gigondas@70sgd
Nose: Less but still noticible liquor, candied cherry
Palate: Gummy, but clean grippy tannins.
2003 Saint Cosme Saint Joseph@58.85SGD
Nose: Gamey, liquor, leather, chinese herbal
Palate: Big tannins, some greenish note, lift of chinese herbs at end palate
2001 Thierry Allemand Cornas Les Chaillots@80sgd
Nose: Big rounded, alcohol nose
Palate: Herbal mid, some cherry at impact.
2001 Jean Paul et Jean Luc Jamet Cote Rotie@140SGD
Nose: Big, purple flower, cooked nose iwth cherry, liquor fur at the back bone
Palate: Bitter, tannic, big structure
2002 Bernard Burgaud Cote Rotie@80.25
Big smelly cheese nose..... blue cheese. cant taste much on palate due to overpowering nose. Divide the crowd into "hate it" or "Love it" camps
2002 Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cuvee Terroir@94sgd
Nose: cooked Vegetables, big
Palate: bitter tannins
2002 Saint COsme Cote Rotie@98SGD
did not record much but just written Complex, enjoyable in my note
2003 Chateau Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc@40.66
Palate: BIGBIGBIG palate with complex note of oilyness and whatever
2003 Vignobles Brunier Vieux TElegraphe Blanc@80.75
Rated 91RP. nose of wood and honeyed citrus but pretty complex big palate
2004 Saint Cosme Condriue Blanc@100SGD
Toastynote, honey suckle.