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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93+ points
“The 2011 Cotes du Ventoux La Pierre Noire, the top wine of the estate, is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that spends upwards of three years in concrete tank prior to bottling. The name La Pierre Noire (meaning “black stones”) refers to the soil type, and the vines come from black stone soils and average 40 years in age. Finesse-driven and beautifully fine and elegant, it offers up a thrilling bouquet of kirsch, dried licorice, graphite, ground pepper and hints of underbrush in its medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated personality. As is common with Philippe’s wines, it excels both for its aromatic complexity and balance as much as for its richness and power. A superb 2011, it can be consumed anytime over the coming 10-15 years."

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Rhone Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
  • ALCOHOL
    15.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

A massive over-deliverer even at its old price -- only 20 cases of this blockbuster Chateaneuf-du-Pape look-alike! Hurry! 

Insane price! Philippe Gimel is educated as an oenolog (Diplôme National d'Oenologue de Toulouse) and has worked at different estates - in Rhone at Chateau de Beaucastel and at Domaine de la Janasse. For years he was looking for a place to start his own production of wine. After looking at many vineyards for sale, he, at last, found vineyards with an interesting terroir and he bought these vineyards in 2003. These days he is an established rock star in the region, making modern-styled, rich, powerful wines that defy expectations.

$25! Hard to believe --- while it lasts!