(2021) A Beaujolais ringer for me, or one of the more forward middle Loire Cab Francs, bursting with black cherry, floral and Parma violet aromatics. In the mouth there is a dense chocolate richness, great black fruit sweetness and an almost Turkish delight character, again showing that super-bright, primary fruit abundance. Tannins are negligible though there is good acid here and it is dry, verging on the savoury in the finish. I could imagine this going very well with Greek or Middle-Eastern Mezze.
(2021) Made with carbonic maceration (a la Beaujolais) in stainless steel, this has a vivid crimson colour and the nose slightly more reserved than I would have expected, though some pastille black fruit comes through certainly some raspberry, but a little earthiness too. Sweet on the palate, loads of raspberry and blackcurrant, tannins soft and acidity well judged. No UK retail availability at time of review.
(2021) A Bordeaux blend majoring on Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this is bold in colour and cherry and plum aromas, a touch of green pepper and dustiness, from the Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. In the mouth it is light- to medium-bodied, quite lean fruit and ageing in older oak adding some cedar, but with fairly prominent acid the whole picture is a touch lean. No UK stockist at time of review.
(2021) This merlot-dominated blend of 55% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot is aged in Hungarian oak for six months. It's the ultimate easy-drinking pizza wine, brimming with sweet, juicy and supple fruit, creamy and smooth with a layer of underpinning chocolate and sweet spices, it gives lots of upfront pleasure in the glass.