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Chapoutier Rasteau 2012 Wine Review

Chapoutier Rasteau 2012

Chapoutier Rasteau 2012

Rhone Valley AOC, France

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $18.95

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Chapoutier

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

An excellent, complex, deeply layered Rhone Valley red wine blend from one of the region's best producers. Layers of dark fruit and smoke. Perfect for hearty meat dishes.

Food pairings: filet mignon, grilled pork chops.

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This Chapoutier Rasteau 2012 was reviewed on December 6, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

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Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

A deep ruby red aromatic wine with ripe dark cassis and dried herbs on the nose, made from biodynamically grown grapes. Wonderfully balanced dark berries, garrique and touch of earth on the silky-smooth palate. Elegant, satin mouthfeel with just-right acidity, which is the Chapoutier signature. Long ripe blackcurrant finish. Aged in concrete vats to maintain temperature control and optimize fruit flavours. Drink 2015-1018. I will definitely buy this one again.
Martha Kelly AIWS - CS rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

In the style of the Rasteau Cru this wine balances Grenache and Syrah grapes with the red berry and black currant flavours complimenting the complex garrigue notes and warming spices. With ripe tannins, medium body, and refreshing acidity this elegant wine is long on the finish.
Drink now or cellar until 2020.
Date tasted: November 2014.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Michel Chapoutier's Rasteau is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. Farmed biodynamically, this fresh wine has seen no oak as it was fermented and aged in concrete vats to retain that fresh youthful fruit characteristic. Crimson red with a purple hue, the nose shows fresh raspberry, blueberry, grilled peppers, and sweet floral notes. Medium bodied, it's a zippy refreshing wine with a lengthy raspberry and pepper finish. Very nice and great value. Tasted November 2014. 89+ points. Matt Steeves @QuercusVino
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Medium ruby with purple colour. This Grenache with Syrah blend is medium bodied and aromatic. Red berries, dried red fruit, black currant leaf, earthy, leather. Palate delivers some blueberry, anise, black earth and pepper. Fermented and aged in concrete vats. Smooth tannins. Drinking nicely now or keep for next 3 years. Long length on a fruit driven finish.
Red meats, pepper steak.
Interesting fact: More French winemakers are returning to concrete vats for reds. Greater temperature control and preservation fruit characteristics.
Tasted: November 2014

1 Member would buy this wine again

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