100% Syrah from this outstanding estate in Gigondas. Dark purple color. Beautiful aromatics of dark cherry, plum and black currant with hints of black licorice, anise, truffle and dried herbs. Deep Black cherry flavors with black pepper spice on the long finish. Soft tannins and very fresh tasting. Outstanding value! — 6 days ago
This wine fucks. The I popped the bottle and decanted before heading to the gym. When I came home the whole house smelled like BBQ. There was a mystical blue/black fruit mid palette and the finish was a 100% game. Wonderful wine. The tannins were firm but reinforcing the experience not detracting from it. — 25 days ago
The best second wine from Bordeaux I’ve tasted and also nice to finally have something from 2015 which is not just approachable but drinking well now. Wonderful nose of cherries, oak, vanilla and almonds. Palate is smooth, rich with a hint of sweetness l, plenty of dark fruit, tobacco, some liquorice and strangely enough, toasted hazelnut. Acid and tannins are in check leading to a dry but very pleasant finish. Great Bordeaux at a sensible price point. — 3 days ago
Bright ruby-red. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying ripe red fruit, lavender and peppery spice aromas. Supple and open-knit, offering concentrated, appealingly sweet raspberry and candied licorice flavors that become livelier as the wine opens up. Finishes impressively long, smooth and juicy, with resonating licorice and red fruit notes and just a hint of fine-grained tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
— 2 days ago
Home alone, and as a result, I can return to some French faves. Regretfully, wifey tastes vomit if it’s anything other than a Napa fruit-bomb. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but you get my point...
This is on another level. 2009 was in my opinion a breakout year for this winery. With the winery renovations complete in 09, and Michel Rolland consulting on the winemaking, it’s easy to see the future state. This is a Merlot blend with double digit cab franc, and a dollop of cab sauv. I poured this pretty much at cellar temp (unusual for a typical Bdx), and it’s simply wonderful at this point.
Nose displays kirsch, nutmeg and a hint of sweet tobacco. The palate explodes with fresh black fruits, brown sugar, bold tannins, and a touch of white pepper. Judicious oak treatment allows the components and winemaking to take center-stage. A very contemporary example, which will sail on for another 15 years, minimum.
@Deborah M, your gentle nudge moved me. While I didn’t decant, I did open it 2hrs prior to tasting 🙂 — 4 days ago
Deep lurid ruby. Highly fragrant suggestions of ripe red berries, cherry preserves, exotic spices and candied flowers are accompanied by a smoky mineral element that builds steadily with air. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and candied lavender flavors that convey a suave mix of power and delicacy. Closes smooth, gently tannic and impressively long, leaving sappy red fruit and floral pastille notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
— 2 days ago
Great density on the palate that remains focused. Very seamless across the palate, with oak, acid, tannin, and alcohol all in balance. Classy but still has a wholesome nature to it. Beautiful aromas and flavors of cooked mulberry, blackberry jam, charred meat, pastille, bacon, cedar, bitter roots, graphite, woodsmoke. Drinking great right now — 6 days ago
The way to my heart is wonderfully unusual aromas. Here are some - think smokey pineapple and buttered popcorn and maybe stewed apples in simple syrup. No doubt Rhône, this is full bodied and powerful, but not at all sloppy - oak and spice, lean and clean. — 6 days ago