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Average critic rating : 87.0 points
The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Le Poutet exhibits sexy garrigue and spicy strawberry and black cherry notes offered in an elegant, medium-bodied, almost burgundian style. Enjoy this lovely, round Cotes du Rhone over the next 3-4 years. ||Beautifully made, traditional wines emerge from Laurent Charvin’s estate in the northwestern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, where the family owns 20+ acres of vines. Everything made here is aged in cement tanks. The Chateauneuf du Pape blend tends to be approximately 85% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre and Vaccarese. One of the best buys is Charvin’s delicious Cotes du Rhone called Le Poutet. Last year Laurent Charvin told me he thought that in 2009, the most favored part of Chateauneuf du Pape was the northern sector, and I think there is some truth to that although it was not nearly as evident when I carefully analyzed the tasting notes of the southern parts of the appellation versus the northern parts. Nevertheless, the north was certainly highly successful as was Charvin. Wine Advocate.October, 2011
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