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2016 Mas de Boislauzon Cotes du Rhône Villages + 2016 Mas Carlot Costieres de Nîmes Enfants Terribles

Drink Tasty Southern Rhones at Bargain Prices
October 29, 2019




    Today we are getting in two nicely concentrated Rhône reds of slightly different styles. They are both delicious ways to accompany your weekday meal and even a special lamb or duck dish and their special sale prices will not be beat.

The Mas de Boislauzon estate range goes from simple Cotes du Rhône to top-end Chateauneuf du Pape. All have pleasingly rich fruit over very nice structure. Their Cotes du Rhone Villages has been a favorite of mine for years. It's on that nice cusp between the simple and complex.

It comes from an organic vineyard bordering Chateauneuf du Pape which shares that area's clay soils and large galet stones. Mostly Grenache with 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan , the wine is a slightly less voluminous cousin to Chateauneuf, a bit more elegant and forward. 2016 is a wonderful vintage, suaver and earlier drinking then the robust 2015s.

The Guide Hachette praised it as “a beautiful grenache-dominant blend for drinking young. Suave and rich. In the mouth you find pretty fruit-sheathed tannins and an elegant classic finish that evoques the garrigue's wild herbs.”

We had many customers well-satisfied with previous vintages at $21. 2016 is finer than most. Our price, $15.99, 13.59 by the case,.

Mas Carlot is further south in the Costieres de Nîmes. I don’t know why Nathalie Blanc who Bettane & Dessauve  call a brilliant winemaker,” named her Mourvedre - Syrah blend “Les Enfants Terribles” after her four children. The wine itself behaves impeccably on the palate.  It’s somewhat fuller of fruit than the Boislauzon and has a distinctive smokiness in the nose and black pencil flavor in the mouth that is signature Mourvedre. One sip will surely lead to another in this fall and winter weight wine.

We thought it was good value at its original $18 price. At $12.99, $10.99 by the case, it is a steal.

Both these wines are at great prices for their quality. If the current tariffs hold, their value is not likely to be equalled in the forseeable future. You might want to stock up.


2016 Boislauzon Cotes du Rhone Viillages; Aroma: Clean light fresh fine heady acidity pretty rather fresh; Mouth: Clean firm,  dark plummy fruit, rather fine tannins,  sticks to the tongue; Very Good Plus15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 163.08 (13.59)

2016 Mas Carlot Les Enfants Terribles Costieres de Nimes; Color: very dense almost black; Aroma: very pretty red plum with a light smoke note; Mouth: juicy and dense low toned black fruit, clean firm, fine acid sweet sliky tannins, bright; Very Good Plus ; 12.99 Mixed Case, 11.59; Case, 10.99


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           - Len Rothenberg