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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht) / Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2005

2009-06-30 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2005 Cotes du Roussillon Villages – from what Hecht and Bannier call “a perfect vintage for Roussillon” – pours forth aromas and juicy sumptuous profusion of ripe black raspberry and cassis, but smoke, pencil lead, salt, chalk, and wet stone are never any farther from the surface than is the mother rock in most of these vineyards. And for all of this wine’s expansive richness, there is ample contrast from juniper and marjoram, as well as a delightfully cool character to its long finishing fruit, complemented by invigoratingly tart fruit skin and crushed stone. With tight but refined tannic underpinnings, this will be worth following for at least 4-5 more years. US$22