(2024) Made by the les Vignerons d'Estezargues co-op, this Côtes Du Rhône is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Viognier weighing in at just 12.5% abv. There's a really pleasant Cox's pippin and lemon fruit character on the nose, both citrus fresh and with a bit of peachy ripeness, as well as creaminess/nuttiness, presumably from some lees ageing. In the mouth it has texture and a certain richness, the fruit tempered and understated, and yet that makes it so gastronomic and so versatile, with easy-drinking charm and yet the savouriness to make it broadly food friendly. A very useful little wine this.
(2024) Pouring as black as pitch, 15% of the final blend was whole-bunch fermented and the wine aged 14 months in barriques and larger barrels, with very little new wood. The floral lift is unmissable on the nose, with lirsch like and violet notes mingling with cracked peppercorn and a gentle gaminess. In the mouth it is slick and fruit-filled, a dark juiciness of ripe plums and berries. There's reall freshness here, not just from the well-judged cherry-skin tang of the acidity, but from a crunchy tannin framework the blends with the savoury fruit notes of the long finish.
(2023) A bright, crimson coloure Grenache-Syrah blend, with equally bright and forward aromas. Black cherry and plum, some tobacco-like spice. In the mouth the line of fruitiness persists, almost like black cherry jam, while the medium-bodied format and lick of decent acidity does tighten and freshen toward the spicy, moderately tannic, but balance finish.  
(2023) I once bought a lot of Costières du Nîmes, finding fabulous value for a Syrah-based red from the Rhône Valley, albeit a very southerly extension that borders the Camargue. It was also interesting to taste this £14, 14.5% alcohol Syrah immediately alongside a £14, 14.5% Syrah from the Barossa in Australia (The St Hallett 'Faith' 2020). This is immediately focused on bright fruit rather than barrel, buoyant with an almost Beaujolais-like edge. In the mouth there's plenty of sweet, ripe, blackberry fruit, but it is much more nimble than the Australian example, fresh cherry acidity and fine tannins presenting a harmonious if straightforward picture.
(2023) Mostly Grenache with 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Around 24 months in older oak barrels. Very intense black fruit, lots of spicy lift, cassis-like with pot-pouri characters. Massive sweetness of super-ripe fruit on the palate, very svelte and balanced by the creaminess of the tannins and the creamy acidity.
(2023) From Vaucluse in the southern Rhône Valley, this is a serious and structured rosé, though delicate in colour and aroma. Mostly Grenache, with some Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Rolle, vines grow at 550- 630-metres in the highest vineyard of the region. The vineyard is biodynamic, with an emphasis on maintaining the ecosystem, the hand-picked grapes double sorted and parcels vinified separately and around 25% is aged in barrel.  Attractively pale salmon/peach in colour, the nose is crammed with small, firm red berry fruit aromas, some lemon peel adding a suggestion of grip. On the palate the sheer fruit sweetness surprises, with lots of creamy-ripe berries, but there's a great salts and citrus core to this, and a long, very clear finish. It is a serious pink this, perhaps reminiscent of Domaine Tempier's Bandol for example.
(2022) Grenache and Syrah from the named villages of the Côtes du Rhône, unoaked but aged for several months in tank before release. It's a smooth and buoyant style this, creamy with plum and berry fruit, a little tobacco-like spice, and a twang of dried herbs to boot. In the mouth it is soft and enveloping, a smooth and creamy mouthful of dark, spiced plum compote. There's chocolate too, in a very crowd-pleasing, easy-drinking style of big-hearted wine with only moderate tannin and acidity to bolster the finish. Watch for this on promotion, as it is at time of review down to £7.49.
(2022) Made by Gabriel Meffre, this is led by Grenache (60%). There's a meatiness here, a light game character over herby black fruits. The fruit is very pure and quite plush on the palate, well balanced and intense, with very good concentration. Long and classic, excellent fruit ripeness.
(2022) A typical blend around Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from one of the top satellite appellations around Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe. Spicy and peppery with a touch of leather and game to dark, rich bramble fruit. On the palate a little bright edge of raspberry adds a top note, while liquorice and endive underpin the black fruit succulence. This feels as though it is built to age for me, and I would imagine 10 years will be taken in its stride.
(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.