(2015) Bottled for Morrisons by Ogier, this also has 14.5% alcohol and perhaps a slightly darker, more crimson colour. The nose is darker and firmer too, much more about dark blueberry and cassis aromas than red fruits, with liquorice and a sheen of coffeeish oak. Firmer in the mouth too, with a racy edge to the tannins and acidity, defining the bold black fruit and more of that endive and meaty savouriness. 89
(2014) >From vineyards fifteen kilometers north-west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It pours a striking and vivid deep purple colour, with a beautiful lift to the nose, a real white pepper fragrance, touched with herbs and flowers, and sappy cherry fruit. On the palate it has delightful juiciness and a creamy red fruit flavour, the ripeness and fruit sweetness is apparent, and the finish quite gentle, with spice and pepper, smooth tannins and a freshness to the acidity. Really delicious stuff.
(2011) Note the hefty 15.5% ABV of this Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah blend, aged 18 months in a combination of vats and smaller barrels. Lovely intensity on the nose, the mineral-focused cherry and blackberry fruit quite tight and hints of chocolate, coal dust and roses adding subtle complexity. This is firm and racy on the palate, the juiciness of the fruit combining with the tannins and a certain broadening richness to give an umami savoury quality that is chewy and dense on the finish.
(2011) This organic wine, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, comes from one of the top Rhône villages close to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I love the deep, sensuous richness of the black fruit on the nose, with a thick, syrupy weight, that belies the finesse of the palate to come. In the mouth the creamy richness of texture and weight of the fruit is all there, but this has a wonderfully tight structure too, a grippy, peppery, liquoricy edge gripping on the mid-palate and a streak of stony, mineral acidity melding with some chewy, old wood richness in the finish. A big wine, but deeply-flavoured and complex.
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