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.
|2010: 91Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "The classic cuvee, which has long been selected by importer Eric Solomon, is their 2010 Domaine d'Andezon, a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. While there are critics of Syrah grown in the southern Rhone, even the cynics agree that the old-vine Syrah from the Gard has a special character to it. This wine comes from 40+-year-old Syrah vines and 60+-year-old Grenache vines, bottled unfined and unfiltered after being aged in both tank and concrete. Dense ruby/purple, with a stunning nose of blackberry liqueur and jus de viande (beef/meat juices), its thrilling, intensely pure, full-bodied mouthfeel, good freshness, and striking floral character all combine for one of the very best bargains in dry red wine that readers are likely to find anywhere in the world. This is super and should continue to drink well for another 3-4 years."