Chateau du Trignon Rasteau 2013
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|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone-Villages|
|Brand||Chateau du Trignon|
Five years after bottling, this wine still offers loads of fresh, punchy blackberry and plum flavors. It's a bold, penetrating wine nuanced by hints of granite and wet earth. The fresh finish lingers on fine, integrated tannins. Lovely now it should improve further through 2022 and hold a few years longer.
Bright purple. Fresh red fruits on the fragrant nose, complicated by peppery spices and a floral element. Deep and sweet but energetic, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that fan out nicely on the back half. Silky tannins shape a long, pliant finish that leaves behind suave spicecake and lavender pastille notes. Quite graceful in character for a Rasteau and approachable now, in the style of this producer. The 2011 version of this wine is drinking perfectly right now, by the way.
A step up over the Côtes du Rhône, the 2013 Rasteau offers attractive notes of spice, black cherries and dusty earth in a firm, edgy package that has good concentration. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years.