Alain Voge Cotes Du Rhone Les Peyrouses
Drink: 2015 – 2019
Price: $32.12 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
Tasted out of bottle, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone les Peyrouses is a juicy, fruity, peppery effort that has medium-bodied richness, lots of plum, blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors, with a polished, elegant and deliciously drinkable style. Drink it anytime over the coming 3-4 years.
This is another terrific lineup from Alberic Mazoyer and Alain Voge, and this estate continues to make a number of sensational Cornas, and more and more, a bevy of top Saint Perays. The three Cornas releases include the les Chailles, the Vieilles Vignes and the flagship Vieilles Fontaines. The les Chailles comes all from the same named lieu-dit and includes some of the younger vines of the estate. Its aged mostly in two- to five-year-old barrels. The Vieilles Vignes release comes from a selection of old vines (eight to nine different parcels) and is aged for roughly 20 months in 15% new French oak. Lastly, the flagship release is the Les Vieilles Fontaines, which is only made in top vintages (it was not made in 2013 or 2014). It comes from the Vieilles Fontaines lieu-dit, the oldest vines of the estate, and spends 24 months in 25% new French oak. As Ive said before, the style here seems slightly modern, but this is due more to purity of fruit than oak elevage, as even the top cuvee only sees 25% new oak. In addition, they continue to move to larger and larger formats for aging. As to the vintages reviewed here, the 2013s have a classic feel and show the fresher, prettier style of the vintage, yet back it up with the fruit, texture and purity thats the hallmark of this estate. The 2014s look to be at a similar level of quality, yet should be more approachable in their youth.
– Jeb Dunnuck, Robertparker.com, Score: 87