2010 Côtes du Rhone « Clos de l 'Hermitage » Chateau de Segries Cotes du Rhone, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France Proprietary Blend (a dry red table wine)
Review by Robert Parker Wine Advocate #201 (Jun 2009) Rating: 89+ points Drink 2015 - 2030
Slightly more expensive than most of the wines in this report, but worth buying as it is going to be quite long-lived, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Clos de L-Hermitage comes from a specific parcel of just over 10 acres owned by Formula One race car driver Jean Alesi and made at Chateau de Segries.
This wine is an equal-part blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache aged in oak barrels for nine months prior to bottling. It is never meant to be drunk in its exuberant youth unless the vintage permits it, and this particular wine is from the very muscular, tannic and concentrated 2010 vintage, so it needs a good 3-4 years of cellaring (which is unusual for a Cotes du Rhone).
Opaque purple, with loads of black currants, graphite, crushed rock and pepper, the aromatics have to be coaxed from the glass of this masculine, tannic, full-bodied, super-concentrated wine. The tannins dominate at present, so forget it for another several years and drink it over the following 10-15 years.
This has been a reliable producer of terrific values in the Cotes du Rhone (and for their Tavel rose) for a number of years, and they have once again done an admirable job.