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How Good is Domaine Berthète Sensation Rhône Crimson?


Wine Overview of 2016 JP Bourgeois Domaine de la Berthète Cuvée Sensation Côtes du Rhône, France

Rating: 90+/100

Made by Domaine de la Berthète in Southern France, the cuvee ‘Sensation’ was made in collaboration with and distributed within the USA by JP Bourgeois.

From a mix of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault, aged for 12 months in stainless-steel tanks (85%) and in French oak barrels (15%), and provided that JP Bourgeois claims that they “provide probably the greatest and most complete alternatives of wines underneath $ 15 retail”, this might show to be an fascinating French Rhone wine.

In truth, bought round $ 11 and $ 13 within the USA (ex-tax), it may in truth be a steal, if it’s any good!

Let’s discover out…

That is how JP Bourgeois describes the challenge and the wine:

So, How Good is Domaine de la Berthète Cuvée Sensation Crimson?

Tasting Notes

This Rhone purple is available in a quite darkish and intense ruby purple shade stuffed with youthful purple hues, betraying each its obvious focus and its younger age.

The nostril is predominantly fruity, though feeling nonetheless fairly introvert and restrained, like a wine in want of additional ageing to get totally mature.

Darkish cherry and recent raspberry are coated in a decent darkish cocoa and clove envelope, whereas a contact of lifted vegetal spices resembling fennel and inexperienced pepper give a pleasing spicy tone that makes issues fairly fascinating.

Put the wine in your mouth, and the palate reveals a dry and granulous wine, with clean velvety tannins that really feel like high-quality grains of sand or grains of clay I suppose could be extra correct.

Flavors are generously fruity, dominated by juicy darkish and acidic cherry notes, elegantly coated in delicate caramel and vanilla. The entire feels tremendous gentle and salivating, vibrant from the dry really feel mixed with the juicy acidity, ending on a salivating barely salty end.

General

A Rhone wine with loads of likable characters. Clean and pungently fruity, it’s also savory, bitter and salty, with edgy younger tannins offering a salivating food-friendly vinosity.

Ensure that to decant, or ought to I say aerate aplenty a slid half-hour earlier than serving. Clearly the wine opens up and settles with time after opening and throughout the glass.

A younger wine at this stage, it’s nice already, however will definitely profit in depth and common steadiness from at a yr or two of additional ageing within the bottle. From there, drink inside 5 to 7 years (2019-2026) and you’ll actually get pleasure from a balanced and vigorous purple.

Presumably headed in direction of the 91-92/100 rating mark ought to it acquire size and a extra refined texture over a number of months/years of maturing.

Given the value tag, it’s arduous to argue this Cuvée Sensation by Domaine de la Berthète will impress the discerning wine lovers in quest of dry and savory purple in a typical European, characterful and mineral type. An age-worthy wine at this pricing degree can be fairly uncommon!

Wine & Meals Pairings

Pair with generously-tasty dishes, of Mediterranean or oriental affect. Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad for instance, a spicy tajine, or a chic Italian tomato paste dish come to thoughts as the proper every-day-life typically-European matches.

In any means, I’d counsel to go for shiny, generously flavored and barely natural and/or spicy recipe.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Domaine Berthète Sensation Crimson, Label Photographs