2007 Domaine St. Pierre Cotes du Rhone

Domaine St. Pierre Cotes du Rhone All of us who have spent a lot of time in the cellars of the southern Rhone tasting 2007s have come away with three observations:
  1. The top wines, though incredibly rich and fruity now, have great underlying structure that will allow them to live for a decade or two (if you can wait that long.)
  2. The little wines, the lesser cuvees in the top cellars, represent some of the greatest wine values we've seen on the marketplace in years.
  3. This is one of the great top-to-bottom vintages in memory.
So, on every visit to a top cellar, we've been on the lookout for these rich, juicy bargains. Here's one we've been waiting for since last summer. And it's not so "little."

When we visited Jean-Francois and Philippe Fauque in Vacqueyras in August, we knew we had stumbled upon a rising star in the southern Rhone. We discovered a cache of absolutely superb 2005 Vacqueyras that we sold out in a heartbeat a month ago. We also tasted two phenomenal Vacqueyras from 2006 and 2007 (since we reserved these wines, Parker has raved about both, giving them 92 and 91-93 points respectively). But, as all the writers have pointed out, one of the great features of 2007 is the incredible quality in top cellars, up and down the totem pole. At St. Pierre, the "little" wine blew us away.

Tasting at Domaine St. Pierre
Tasting at Domaine St. Pierre
The 2007 St. Pierre Cotes du Rhone, made from vines of up to 70 years of age, was still in tank in August. There's something about these 2007s that we just can't get enough of, and this wine has all of it: wild purple and red fruit purity, explosive aromatics, and surprising length.

Tasting Notes from the WineAccess Travel Log
"Beautiful deep, deep ruby color. Vibrant aromas of red and black fruit. Rich and dense on the palate. A big mouthful of dark red fruit flavors. Excellent length. The old vines show through here. Should age well in bottle for up to six years, but just too ripe and primary not to drink now."