(2019) From the fine Rhône appellation of Ventoux, not far from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is a blend of 70% Grenache with Syrah in a forward, fulsome style that lovers of Châteauneuf will certainly appreciate. But there's a beautiful violet and cracked black pepper elegance on the nose as well as copious black fruits, a real lift suggesting kirsch and blue/black intensity of fruit. On the palate the wine bursts with concentrated fruit intensity: tangy and dark plum and plum skins, blueberry and damson, definite ripeness and power, but again there is elegance in the fine but grippy tannins that add a pleasing roughening edge to all that smooth fruit, and plenty of acidity to balance and freshen, extending the finish and promising a bit of longevity for this if you can cellar for five to eight years. Watch the video
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