The collected wine-tastings & wine-ramblings of one who prefers to describe wines with metaphors, not percentages

Domaine de Mourchon 2005, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages

A closeup of the label of a bottle of Domaine de Mourchon. Relatively modern label design for a Cotes du Rhone, typographic emphasis

I’m sorry, but that was fucking amazing.

Rare, rare — fuck, practically endangered — sirloin steak. Meat so tender its fibres splay apart like fishnet. And a big, chunky Cotes du Rhone. Nothing too venerable or refined — still young enough to play loud music and pout when its parents come and tell it to quiet down.

Something avec spunk.

And Domaine de Mourchon’s got spunk. At the same time as being rather complex. Sure, it may play loud music, but it also surreptitiously reads William Blake and watches film noir.

The combination of spunk and complexity doesn’t always come cheap. But I don’t begrudge a sodding penny of the £14.50 I spent on this wine; nor of the £5 I spent on 200g of the best steak I could find. So take your ‘Dine in for £10′, Marks & Spencer, and stuff it up the rotisserie-ready orifice of your choice. Because I’m dining in for £20 — yeah, just me — and it’s STILL A PRIVILEGE.

Yeah, the wine. That’s what we were talking about, wasn’t it?

So — it’s got that initial jubilant fanfare of blackcurrant that you so often find in new world wines from these grapes (Domaine de Mourchon is made from 60% grenache; 40% syrah) — but, here, that gleeful fruit isn’t allowed to dominate. First of all it’s softened up by a delicious — almost bready — savouriness. Then it’s wrestled to the ground by stern tannins, their muscles laced with dark veins of pepper, spice, wood, leather.

And all the while there’s an alluring slip of aniseed waifing around, smiling coyly, just to confuse you.

Verdict

I don’t know about you, but I go weak and jibbly for wines that seduce me with a heady waft of fruit, then pull me up, slap me and strap me, look me fucking dead in the eye and ask me if I reckon I’m hard enough.

I suspect I’m not hard enough.

But get enough blood-oozing red meat and Domaine de Mourchon down my gullet and I might start to think I am.

Rating ★★★★ (4 stars)
ABV 14.5%
Price £14.50 from The Wine Society

9 Comments to Domaine de Mourchon 2005, Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages

  1. March 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Wowzer, I dare not post my veggie pizza/primitivo post now.

    I’m a little bit scared of you. *hides* :p

  2. bar1ibrary's Gravatar bar1ibrary
    March 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    @billicatons You are a troubled genius. With a wicked tongue. I’m still laughing. Your review is brilliant.

  3. March 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    What ‘Bar1ibrary’ said. Brilliant, parn-ographic stuff.

  4. Tom's Gravatar Tom
    March 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Parnographic = outstanding. I am so clearly going to use that as a tag, now. For this — not to mention for your comment — thank you very much, Eamon.

  5. July 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    thats the best wine review I have ever read, finally someone who isnt talking with their teeth clenched and but tightened just because they know a good wine when they taste it.

    bravo!!!!

  6. Paul's Gravatar Paul
    November 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant review – I’ve read it three times now. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything three times in my life…

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