2009 Domaine la Casenove "La Garrigue" Cotes Catalanes (750ml)

2009 Domaine la Casenove "La Garrigue" Cotes Catalanes (750ml)

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92 points Robert Parker

The stunning 2009 La Garrigue (40% Carignan, 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache aged 7 months in tank) is a terrific example of how much wine one can buy for under $20 a bottle. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by notes of cassis, blackberries, lavender, licorice, pepper and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and heady, this beauty is capable of drinking well for 5-6 more years. However, as with most of these wines, what’s the point of waiting?

Years ago I met Etienne Montes when he first began running his family’s vineyard holdings called La Casenove. Montes gave up a career as a photo journalist to guide this domaine into the upper-echelon of Roussillon producers. These two impressive cuvees both represent exceptional value. RP (6/2012)