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(2024) 'Tall poppy syndrome' refers to the tendency for some people to cut successful entities 'down to size'. There's no doubt that the mega-brand of Whispering Angel suffers from that; some commentators claiming it is over-priced and intrinsically 'nothing special.' Having tasted the wine vintage after vintage for most of its 18 year history, I disagree and the 2023 is as good, if not better, than ever. Blended from old vine Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle, it's made in stainless-steel with lees-stirring. The peachy-pink colour heralds such an attractive nose, with watermelon and small red berries, passion fruit and downy peach skins. Dry but delightfully peachy and fresh, a hint of strawberry and then confit lemon is buoyant and rounded. That texture and fruit is extended by perfectly balanced acidity. Watch the video for more information.
(2024) A pale and typical Grenache-dominated blend, aromas are distinctly fruity - small red berries and raspberry berries- with just a suggestion of stony minerality. The palate hints at pomegranate and even passion fruit but the acidity is bricks and sweeps this up into a balanced and really quite powerful finish with acidity and a hint of tannic grip.
(2024) A bit of an old favourite of both mine and FromVineyardsDirect, this Côtes de Provence pink from the Famille Negrel is mostly Grenache and Syrah. There's a buoyant, lifted watercolour paint-box note on the nose, small red berry fruits are attractive, precise and crisp. In the mouth there's actually bags of flavour here: it is quite robustly fruity, some real concentration to the fruit, but that bracing core of salty and lemony acidity, maybe touching onto a bitter orange, powers through the long, balanced finish.
(2023) A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, this is organic certified. Pale to medium colour, and a relatively fruity and robust style, herbs and spices around lightly smoky, peach and citrus. In the mouth a nip of tannin backs up that impression of being a little more grippy and powerful, acids balancing the finish. Potentially quite a nice food wine with spicy chorizo dishes perhaps.
(2023) From clay and limestone soils, this blends all the grapes you can think of from Provence: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Rolle and Tibouren. The highly unusual bottle certainly makes a statement and will surely divide opinions, but the stuff inside is an intense and gastronomic rosé, perhaps more at home on the dinner table than the patio. Rose-hip and watermelon aromas move into peach and lychee, before the palate delivers and concentrated fruitiness, around apricot and exotic mango and lychee. The searing core of citrus pith acidity gives it those food matching credentials. For me there are probably better Provence pinks around for less money, but it talking point for sure. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2023) Mostly Grenache from Provence, aged on fine lees in tank. Extremely pale in colour, subtle aromatics, a little redcurrant and citrus, but not singing aromatically. Palate is fuller than you might imagine, a little more concentrated and robust. The red fruit comes through nicely and the finish is intense and quite long.
(2023) Closed with the 'Vinolock' glass stopper, this is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah and opens with lots of floral and rose-hip lift, a very summery and delicate bloom of berry fruits and lifted notes. Lovely fruit on the palate, quite intense in this house's style, but I like the softer approach here, the acid nicely pitched and the whole picture about delicacy and enjoyment. Classy, approachable stuff.
(2023) Grenache, Cinsault, and Tibouren is the blend, typical of the Golfe de St Tropez where vineyards sit on red clay and limestone, with some elevation. Grapes are harvested at night to preserve freshness. It has quite an intense nose, of cherry lips and  strawberry, and a little suggestion of salty minerals. In the mouth concentrated and peachy, with small intense red berries and quite a decisive pithy acidity. Full flavoured and concentrated style, perhaps best with food.
(2023) A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 20% Syrah, this comes from Maison Saint Aix, owned and run by the Kurver family, whose 75 hectares are planted at an altitude of 400-420 metres. It has a lovely nose with a wisp of roses and Turkish delight, lots of florals to the bright strawberry and raspberry fruit. The palate is delicate and precise, the acid giving pin-point balance to the quite ripe but elegant red fruit.
(2022) The 'nude' bit refers to the wine being stripped down in terms of packaging, bottled in 100% recycled glass, stoppered with local cork and finished with a paper collar instead of a tin capsule. It is also organic and vegan-friendly. It's a Côtes de Provence rosé made from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle. Aromatically it has a little bubblegum/cherry lips florality, and a peachy undertone. In the mouth there's a clever tension between sweet and ripe berries, pear and peach again, and a tugging mineral and citrus acid core. It has a pleasing, rounded mouthfeel and good length in a stylish package.
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