Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: **** $ Patrick Lesec Bouquet Cotes du Rhone, 2005, France - BEST VALUE

Original Review, September, 2009: Patrick Lesec Bouquet Cotes du Rhone, 2005, hails primarily from grenache grapes harvested in Rasteau village in the Cotes du Rhone, France. Patrick Lesec is a "negotiant", meaning that he puts together blends of wines that he finds interesting from grapes that he is able to purchase. Sometimes there is a challenge as to whether these blends will be available in subsequent years. The Bouquet Cotes du Rhone, 2005, comes in at 14% alcohol, fairly typical by today's standards.

Color in the glass is a dark burgundy, opaque in the middle, opening to brick plus purple at the edges.  

Aromas make a nice blend of old and new worlds - barnyard from the old, lifted high and strong by the alcohol; sweet. plumy fruit from the new.

On the palate, the older world predominates, at least as the first note. The barnyard moves in along layers of silky, smooth, hefty fruit, reaching up into your cheeks with a lush, toasted leather style. The finish trails on for awhile, bringing perhaps a touch of sweetness and some acids forward. Nice now, I believe this could sit for a time.

Awesome value, given its rating of three stars with a plus for provocativeness on the Spirit of Wine scale, and its modest price. Buy some.

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate was a fan of Lesec Bouquet Cotes du Rhone too, awarding 89 points, and reporting, "A terrific offering is his 2005 Cotes du Rhone Bouquet. ...It shows a nice roasted herb, scorched earth, and chocolatey character, impressive ripeness, medium to full body, and a long finish. It should drink well for 5-6 years."
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Updated review, almost two years later, August, 2011:  Consistent color.  More old world than new world on the nose now - much barnyard!  On the palate, wonderful balance of old world barnyard and new world fruit.  Finish shows leather and grit.  Solid and bold.  Now four stars and a crazy, awesome value.

And following a long decant, two days at room temperature in a partially filled bottle:  Still solid on the nose and palate, but just tipping towards a bit overplayed - some oxidation.  Recommend the five or six years in the bottle, but not excessive decanting thereafter. 

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