It’s time I added a French wine selection to the line up of our Best Wines on Planet Earth. I sampled this wine a few months back and although it comes in at a value price, the quality of the blend stood out above the crowd with delicious flavors and balance, with full fruit while maintaining the character of the Rhone Valley.
The wine is the Domaine des Lauribert 2007 “Les Truffieres” Visan of Cotes du Rhone Villages. Thankfully, this pick coincides with a post I wrote a few weeks ago explaining the wines of the Rhone Valley. “Cotes du Rhone Villages” refers to a section of the Rhone Valley wine map comprised of many villages, defined together as an appellation in a way that allows them to also mention the specific name of certain villages within…hence the village of Visan is mentioned in the title.
The Lauribert Visan is a traditional blend of Grenache and Syrah, revealing dry, brambly berry and a vein of pepper spice along with nuances of the minerals of the terroir and a bacon-fat lift in the mid palate. But what also impressed me about this wine was the very approachable dark berry fruits opening up on the front palate, adding a refreshingly youthful vigor to this value release. What a great wine to pair with spicy red meat fare!
From the importer:
Domaines de Lauribert has been in the Sourdon family for the last five generations. The fifty-four hectare estate is located on the Papal Enclave in Visan and Valréas and is planted predominantly to Grenache with lesser parts Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault. 75% of the estates production is Côte du Rhône Villages and the remainder is Côte du Rhône wine.
Until 1997, the wines of the Lauribert estate were vinified at the local cooperative cellar. When Laurent Sourdon took over the domain, he decided that it was time to produce and bottle wine under the name Lauribert. The name Lauribert is composed from letters of the family members’ names : LAUrent, MaRIE and RoBERT.
The Sourdon family consistently produces excellent value wines that posses all the hallmark character and flavor that Rhône is so well known for.
This wine is regularly sold for $12.99 but is available only to wine club members for $11.99!
- Visit the Domaine des Lauribert winery (rather limited) website
- Read information About France’s Rhone Valley
- The complete Wikipedia entry for the Cotes du Rhone has complete information about the Cotes du Rhone area and Visan.
Have you tasted this wine? When you’ve had a chance to enjoy this wine, please return to this blog and leave your comments! Others will appreciate your input, unique viewpoint, and recommendations.