(2020) From an estate owned by Scottish industrialist Sir David Murray, this is a Cinsault and Grenache-led blend from Varois en Provence, where 350-metres of altitude provide relatively cool conditions and clay and limestone soils some added freshness. It is elegant and perfumed, some floral notes and cherry fruit, a softer hint of pulpy strawberry too. In the mouth red fruits but a keen acid framework that adds a cleansing, quite pithy lemon freshness too. Stylish and good value.
(2018) Made from Syrah (60%), with Grenache (35%) and Cinsault (5%), this is more robustly fruity than the 'Pure' bottling, but that's not to say it is in any way clumsy or crude. Very pale in colour, tha aromas are of lychee and raspberry, clearly more fruity than the Pure, but with a sense of breezy freshness too. On the palate the limey acid core is excellent, in a dry wine that frames the summer berry fruits with citrus, an ozoney lick of salty mineral character adding some grip in a slightly nore powerful, but delightful pink.
(2017) A rosé from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah that comes in a striking, screen-printed bottle in the style of Art Nouveau artist Émile Gallé, released to celebrate the domaine's 60th anniversary. It has a pretty nose of dry red fruits touched with rose-hip and pink grapefruit. On the palate it is quite a powerful wine, full and with a bit of acid backbone and hint of tannin.
(2016) In the traditional slim-waisted Provence bottle, with a pale colour and herb-touched raspberry and sweet cherry, there is a hint of sweetness to this, but also fresh lemon and orange acidity, in a stylish, easy summer drinking rosé.
(2015) Mirabeau's first wine of the tasting is made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, and the colour is pale and delicate. There's more bubblegummy, cherry candy character here than in the more sophisticate 'Pure' reviewed below, and on the palate a cool, watermelon freshness, but a hint of sweetness too and a slightly tart, slightly abrupt finish. A good Provence rosé, but the Pure really is worth the few pounds more.
(2015) Alc 12.5%. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. Much more like it, with lemon and herbs, and a dry, succinct nose that promises an equally grown-up palate. Indeed it is dryly fruity, but really quite charming, enough hints of strawberry ripeness but clarity too. Very good indeed at a fair price.
(2014) An old and always well-priced favourite, this has quite a bold but typically pale Provencal colour, with plenty of pomegranate and peachy aromas, with that typically dry redcurrant aroma and flavour coming through. The palate has more cranberry and redcurrant dryness, but just hints of sweetness that add to the summery appeal before the typically dry, mineral and long finish that gives seafood-friendly appeal.
(2013) 12.5%, Screwcap. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and old-vine Carignan. Pretty stuff, with its delicate peachy-pink colour and sweetly focused nose, the herb-touched dry red fruits all very delicate. The palate is almost like a white wine; clear, dry, punchy and lemony/herby, with a teasing touch of redcurrant. Delightful.
(2013) 12.5%, Diam cork. Palish colour, this has a charming nose, with a little wisp of smokiness or woodland floor, a touch of herbs and dry red berries. On the palate it is racy and very fresh, that herb-tinged, dry and mouth-watering redcurrant, lemon and apple freshness is delightful into a dry finish.
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