Domaine LePlan Vermeersch - Côtes du Rhône Villages 'GT-X' 2010
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Only in the Rhône will you find a crazy wine like this—a wine so intense that it's made of 10 different grape varieties. The team at LePlan decided to throw together their 10 best barrels of the vintage into one wine, and yes that means both red and white grapes.
This is a kaleidoscope of lavender and violets, ripe plums and fresh blackberries, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla—decant for 1-2 hours and you will come back to us for that second bottle. LePlan really excelled in 2010, and this will age well until 2023.
Critic Scores: IWC94, RR93
Annual Production: 3,000 bottles
Blend: Blend of the 10 best barrels of the winery; all Rhône grapes
Terroir: Mix of clay and stones
Viticulture: Organic (in conversion)
Winemaking: 12 months in mixed oak barrels
Drinking Window: 2012-2023
94 Points International Wine Report, 2012 TOP 50 WINES - Rank #35
"The 2010 GT-X Côtes du Rhône Villages is a blend sourced from the top quality barrels of the vintage, which certainly reflects in the wine, as it does not hold anything back. Intoxicating aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, sweet dark plums, fresh mineral, lavender, beautiful floral with hints of coffee and well-integrated toasted oak. This is so full, rich and concentrated, but it’s also backed up by a gorgeous vein of minerality, which stretches straight through the body right into the long mouth-watering finish. Whether you decide to drink this right now or have fun watching it develop over the next decade, this is a wine that will provide great drinking pleasure. (Best 2012-2023)"
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Rhone Report
There are a lot of clichés thrown about regarding the wines of Domaine LePlan. Invariably they all refer to proprietor Dirk Vermeersch's racing past. As a former professional rally car driver forced to retire due to a serious injury, phrases like “high-octane” and “full-throttle” are often lazily used to describe his wines.
Yes, these wines are concentrated and rich—this is the Southern Rhône after all. But the first thing we noticed when we drank his wines wasn't the brawn, the power, or the oak—just the freshness. These are powerful wines with elegance and ambition.