2010 Domaines Viticoles Renouard Les Terrasses d'Hortense VDP Coteaux Flaviens 12-Pack
 
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Hortense The Most Talked About Little Red in Paris

If you're the owner of Château Petrus, Haut-Brion, Romanée-Conti or Château Beaucastel, you expect to find your name on the top wine lists in Paris. But if you're anyone else, even a consulting enologist who assembles a plush, red-fruit blend off a cobblestone moonscape so common to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you have no such expectations.

Maybe that's why Stéphane Beuret still can't believe that the wine he named after his four-year-old daughter, Hortense, has quickly become the hottest little red wine in Paris.

We met Stéphane near his grandparents' home on the Île de Ré 10 months ago. Tall and lean, with an angular face and darting eyes, Beuret first described the conception of this exquisitely plush, high-toned blend of sustainably farmed Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Then Beuret grew more animated as he spoke of that first tasting at what many believe to be the finest restaurant in the world, Frédéric Anton's Le Pré Catalan.

"Word travels fast in the Parisian sommelier circles," Stéphane said. "But I never knew it traveled that fast!" The 3-star sommelier swirled Beuret's Les Terrasses d'Hortense in oversized Riedel crystal. He smelled. He sipped. Then he placed a GIGANTIC order that Beuret never saw coming. Within a couple of hours, Stéphane's cell phone was ringing, each call coming from an unfamiliar number. By the time the dust settled, Les Terrasses d'Hortense had been added to the lists of the following gastronomic palaces:

2 and 3-star Michelin Ratings

Here's why.

Farmed from 35-year-old vines in the horse country of La Petite Camargue, some 30 kilometers south of Nîmes, afternoon breezes off the Mediterranean help temper this sun-drenched quadrant of France. The entire production of Les Terrasses d'Hortense is drawn off 13 hand-tended, hand-harvested acres, all strewn with classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape galets roulés.

In the superb 2010 vintage in the southern Rhône, Beuret micro-vinified Syrah, Carignan and Grenache separately, first in cement tanks before transferring each lot into one- and two-year-old barrels, all purchased from Beuret's famous Rioja client, Vega-Sicilia. After two full years in barrel, with minimum racking so as to preserve freshness and vitality, and another in bottle, Beuret's 2010 is finally ready for its cameo appearance at Le Pré Catelan, Arpège, Michel Rostang, and La Bigarrade.

Brilliant dark-ruby to the rim, with luscious aromas of crushed red fruits, fresh strawberries and black cherry, tinged with new-wood vanilla. Rich, juicy and vibrant on the attack, with unusual depth and complexity for a wine of its price — the rare "little red" that's a perfect companion to both 3-star cuisine and almost anything off the BBQ.



Tasting Notes

2010 Domaines Viticoles Renouard Les Terrasses d'Hortense VDP Coteaux Flaviens
"Brilliant dark-ruby to the rim, with luscious aromas of crushed red fruits, fresh strawberries and black cherry, tinged with new-wood vanilla. Rich, juicy and vibrant on the attack, with unusual depth and complexity for a wine of its price — the rare "little red" that's a perfect companion to both 3-star cuisine and almost anything off the BBQ. Drink now for its forward-fruit opulence, or like all the top 2010s, lay this one down for 3-5 years. It could use the shut-eye."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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