The Domaine d'Andezon Cotes de Rhone is an opaque-black, blockbuster Syrah that could have been Australian Shiraz. What a find! Previously, it was sold in bulk (vinous suicide) to a very famous producer in the Rhone Valley.
In 1994, importer Eric Solomon visited the Vignerons d'Estazarques and met a young, passionate director/winemaker named Jean-Francois Nicq. By the end of the day, Eric & Jean-Francois had decided on a custom bottling of old vine Syrah from one of their best parcels, Andezon. Over a decade later, the Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone remains one of the core items in the Eric Solomon portfolio.
|The Wine Advocate 90 Points:
A blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache aged in 2-3-year-old French oak barrels for 12 months prior to bottling, the 2012 Andezon Cotes du Rhone has more of a Northern Rhone personality than usual. Notes of black olives, bacon fat, flowers, cassis and black cherries are found in this medium-bodied, fruity, soft 2012 along with excellent purity and noticeable tannins.