05/12/04 – Domaine Durieu (France) Cotes du Rhone Villages 2000

Domaine Durieu (France) Cotes du Rhone Villages 2000
Jonny and Caroline Gibson of Wine Discoveries first met Antoine Ferre, head winemaker at Domaine Durieu, at a wine show in Paris and were so impressed by his wines that they subsequently visited his Rhone estate and began importing several of them. This has a very dark crimson colour and a nose crammed with crushed berry fruit that is terrifically ripe and plush, with a velvet-dark richness, peppery spice, and an earthy, brooding darkness. The palate has a rich, bramble and spice appeal, with a good texture and chewy mouthfeel. There’s a raft of sweet, dark, prune and blackcurrant and a lovely background of sweet, smoky, almost grilled-meat quality. This is a brilliant red, with supple, but powerful tannins and a beautiful acid balance. With staying power, concentration and fine, fine fruit this is excellent at the price. £8.25 Wine Discoveries