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Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:24 pm

Included in today's tastings, those including Rhone blends not only from the Rhone but also from California and Israel, was a bottle of the 2009 Cotes du Rhone Le Mouree de L'Isle. Truth be told I was looking forward to tasting this wine because the 2007 edition was so pleasant. Alas, not all high hopes come to positive fruition. Following are my tasting notes for both the 2007 and 2009 wines, the first re-tasted today and the second tasted for the first time.

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Le Mourre de L'Isle, Domaine de la Clastre, Cotes du Rhone, Vignobles David, 2009: The 2007 edition of this wine was a not complex but quite pleasant country-style wine. Alas, the current release has little charm at all. A dark purple blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, showing chunky, almost coarse tannins and unwanted hints of volatile acidity along with jammy fruits that are overlaid by a heavy dose of bitter herbs. Drink up. Score 75. K (Tasted 4 Nov 2010)

Le Mourre de L’Isle, Domaine de la Clastre, Cotes du Rhone, 2007: An uncomplicated but charming Cotes du Rhone, precisely the kind of wine one hopes to receive at one’s local French bistro or café. A dark royal purple, medium-bodied blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, showing ripe wild berry, black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors, those with overlays of espresso coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Spicy and lively. Drink now. Score 87. K (Re-tasted 4 Nov2010)
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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by David Raccah » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:04 pm

OUCH!!!!! Boss could this possibly be the cause of a poor bottle or is this just the situation with this vintage?

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Jonathan Kalman » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:15 pm

Shame.
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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:08 pm

David, Hi....

Not the fault of the bottle. After my tasting we purchased a second bottle. Twins.

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Joel D Parker » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:18 am

Daniel,

Can we make any generalizations from this about the prospects of the Southern Rhone in general? I.e., was it really such a far worse vintage than 2007?

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:33 am

Joel D Parker wrote:Can we make any generalizations from this about the prospects of the Southern Rhone in general? I.e., was it really such a far worse vintage than 2007?




Important to remember that vintage ratings are generalizations and within that at least some wines will perform under or over the "rating" of the vintage. In light of that it is literally and totally impossible from a single wine to extend the qualities of that particular wine to any other wine from the same region in the same vintage. Before one can make a valid comment about any vintage year one has to taste several hundred wines.

Relating to the 2007 and 2009 vintages, both years were stupendous for the Southern Rhone, the 2007 vintage earning 95 points and the 2009 (of which most of the better wines have been tasted only as barrel-tastings) earns a tentative score of 94-96.

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by David Raccah » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:09 am

Hello All,

I bought and opened a bottle of the 2009 Le Mourre de L’Isle Cotes du Rhone this past shabbos and truly liked it. I did not find the faults that marred your bottles Daniel. Did you try one from the states or both from Israel? Has anyone else tried this bottle?

http://kosherwinemusings.com/2011/01/16/kalamata-olive-and-white-bean-soup-lions-head-meatballs-and-le-mourre-de-lisle-cotes-du-rhone/

Just find it fascinating that I am missing all the problems :oops:

Of course this is just my 2 cents, and mean no affront to our leader,
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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:19 am

David, Hi...

The bottles I sampled were both direct imports into Israel. I have two more bottles at hand. This is a busy week but will open one at the beginning of next week to triple-check the status.

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by David Raccah » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:39 pm

Hello Daniel,

Since you seem to have time on your hands - at this moment anyway :D , have you had a chance to taste it again?

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Daniel Rogov » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:54 pm

David, Hi...

I did re-taste, twice in fact. My tasting note holds firmly. I can only speculate that perhaps something went awry in shipping to Israel.

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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by Joel D Parker » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:59 am

As for the 2009 vintage, Eric Assamov uses the term 'underwhelming', which I suppose us avid followers of DR might have already predicted.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/dinin ... e.html?hpw
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Re: Le Mourre de L'Isle, 2009: Tasting Notes (K)

by David Raccah » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:52 pm

Joel you mean the entire year not the specific wine - just a heads up...

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