Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: *** $$ Chateau de Jau Cotes du Roussillon Villages, 2003

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Oh, wow, I'm looking forward to trying today's Roussillon red wine with a decade of age!  It is a blend of low-yielding syrah, mourvedre, carignane and grenache, grown in the foothills of the French Pyrenees.

Original tasting and review : This is Chateau de Jau Cotes du Roussillon Villages, 2003, finished at 13.% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep muddy red, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky deep fruit, with a bit of old world tang and oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be unique, aromatic and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact dry and boldly old world, with a full-enough mouthfeel to create pleasure, while still showing the verve and tang to offset the 10 years in bottle.  Attitude, pleasure and depth.  Not a bad combination.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for impressive longevity.

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