Cave de Roquebrun Coteaux du Languedoc Chemin des Olivettes 2009 was the least expensive of the three, after Paul’s put the $14 wine on sale for $10.99 a bottle. It earned 92 points from Wine Spectator, but had been on sale since September at Pearson’s in Glover Park, and Paul’s and others had been selling it since June.
But like this South African bargain that is selling out fast, Chemin des Olivettes isn’t made in vast quantities and word from Paul’s is that the DC distributor was down to its last 20 cases (and is now sold out, since Paul’s promised to snag as many of that 20 as it could). Pearson’s is now sold out, as well.
And at Calvert Woodley’s sale price of $9.99 a bottle, the entire production of 1,100 cases of the 2009 Chemin des Olivettes will undoubtedly be gone soon, even in this sluggish economy.
A powerful red, with a rich, smoky allure to the dark red fruit flavors that center on plum and kirsch,” is how Wine Spectator’s Kim Marcus described the blend of Rhone Valley grapes, carignan, grenache, syrah and mourvedre. “Shows meaty touches midpalate, with a broad, muscular finish of mocha and dark chocolate.”
Supplies may last a bit longer in Montgomery County, where it sells for $13.05 a bottle at selected county liquor stores and between $12 and $13 a bottle elsewhere. (As of this morning, there were six bottles on the shelves in Chevy Chase, 21 in the Darnestown Rd. store, 18 bottles on Muddy Branch Rd. and two bottles left in Potomac.) See the slideshow for specific prices and availability.
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But if you don’t get a chance to snag one of the last bottles of the 2009 vintage, stores may soon be restocking with the 2010, scored at impressive 88 points from Marcus, who described it in the Sept. 30 issue in very similar terms to its older sibling.
“A ripe red, with touches of richness to the dark plum and blackberry flavors,” he wrote. “Offers chocolate and mocha on the dense finish.”
And the new vintage should be around for the foreseeable future, since 30,000 cases were made, according to Marcus. (No doubt the explosion in production stems from rave, 92-point Spectator review of the 2009.)
In either vintage, this rich red wine is perfect for these cold winter evenings that finally started to arrive here in the nation’s capital. So try this keep-me-warm red while you can.
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