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(2022) A biodynamic wine from a family estate of 50 hectares, this is 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Clairette and 15% Syrah. Vines are over 50 years old, and a macertation of 36 hours has produced a typically dark, Negroni-coloured wine with cherry and vine fruit aromas, a little bit of creaminess and a touch of earthy character. In the mouth it is weighty and dry, much more savoury, lemony and with a little tannin structure than a Provence rosé for example. Don't chill this too much, and treat it as a food-, rather than a sipping-wine.
(2016) A blend of several red Rhône varieties dominated by Grenache (60%) and including 5% of the white variety, Bourboulenc. This was a gift I received several years ago, and being one of the world's most highly regarded and age-worthy rosés, I tucked it away in the cellar, but then rather forgot about it. Now 10 years is a stretch for almost any rosé wine, and in truth this is just a touch past its best: it's a substantial rosé, with 14.5% alcohol and plenty of substance, the trace of sweetness in the mouth now bound-up in a gentle oxidation, as indeed there's a tiny tawny hint to the still pink colour. But it still has a terrific fruit concentration and intensity, Wish I'd opened it three or four years ago. At time of writing the 2014 is on sale, and its stockist and price is quoted.
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