When winemaker Jérôme Bressy says wait, one waits. This landmark cru took 32 months in a combination of cement tank and demi-muid before it was “ready,” according to Bressy. The result is nothing less than breathtaking, a red blend from ancient vines, microscopic yields and a vintage of a lifetime. It is a wine that demands attention when it is open, but should also be collected by the case so you can watch it evolve.
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Gourt de Mautens (Jerome Bressy) Rasteau Blanc 2006
The full-bodied mouth is sensual and linear at once, with impeccable balance and great depth. A blend of Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc—the Grenache contributes fullness while the Bourboulenc provides a backbone of mineral zest and precision.
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“The 2005 Rasteau is tannic, backward, and just massive. The wine needs 6-7 years of cellaring, and should age for 15-20 years as well…chocolate, black raspberries, and kirsch, intermixed with dusty, loamy soil notes, pepper, and the telltale chocolate that comes from the old vine Grenache that bakes in the sun in this high elevation appellation. This is a beauty, slightly rustic but enormously endowed.” — The Wine Advocate