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  • 101. Ventoux AC 2015

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    Martinelle

    70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Carignan, 5% Cinsault (14.5% alc)

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    This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or more accurately a Rhône-Villages from Beaumes de Venise reclassified after the war as a Ventoux. It is a rich, supple, very well balanced wine with hints of liquorice, spice, garrigue herbs nicely cut through by the tempering influence you tend to find on limestone. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 102. Vin de Pays de Mediterranée 2016, Pichot Roucas

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    Eric Bouletin

    34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 33% Carignan (13% alc)

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    A microproduction here from 50 year old grenache/carignan, and young vine syrah planted at the base of the hillside terraces where the senior Vacqueyras vines are found.  Harvested by hand and given a shorter cuvaison than the Vacqueyras, it is a superbly made VDP.  It has a dark cherry, spicy fruit with a southern print, is supple and not too dense and has that most important quality of being easily drinkable.  Unfined and unfiltered.  For drinking now to 2019.

  • 103. Vin de France AC 2015 Les Grands Chemins

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    Domaine Roucas Toumba

    55% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10% Syrah (14%)

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    A slightly more serious wine than the Pichot Roucas above, given a longer cuvaison and cuve aged. Eric has cut back on the syrah here, so it’s a more classic southern mix from old vines. There is good depth to the fruit, nice spice behind and real freshness on the finish. Unfined and unfiltered. Very honest, characterful wine that is superb value for money. For drinking now to 2020

  • 104. Côtes-du-Rhône AC 2013, Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine de Ferrand

    90% Grenache, 7% Syrah, 3% Cinsault (14% alc.)

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    Côtes-du-Rhône from a good Châteauneuf estate is always a great bargain. Philippe Bravay selects this wine from the best sites and 50 year old vines. The 2013 is a good vintage – destalked 80%, it is really spicy and has a touch of game on the nose, with beautifully composed fruit, plenty of character and complexity. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 105. Côtes-du-Rhône AC 2014

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    Domaine Charvin

    81% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4% Carignan (14% alc.)

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    This wine is given just the same care as Charvin’s Châteauneuf. There is a 20 day cuvaison with no destemming before 16 months in cuve prior to bottling without filtration. The 2014 is another very good example with rich, complex fruit and a spicy, natural, unforced quality. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 106. Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel AC 2015

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    Domaine du Trapadis

    90% Grenache, 10% Carignan (15.5% alc, 100g/l of rs)

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    This is a fine VDN with cigar leaf, raisin, prune and fig flavours typical of the grenache. Delicious with rich chocolate desserts. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 107. Vinsobres AC 2012, Emile

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    Domaine la Péquélette

    75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan (14.5% alc.)

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    Péquélette is a tiny eight hectare estate, run bio-dynamically at a cooler 350m altitude necessitating late harvests. Yields are extremely low at 18hh from 50 to 90 year old vines. Cuve aged for two years, it has a delectable, very pure black cherry, raspberry, liquorice and cinnamon flecked fruit, old vine framework, and fine tannins with a cleansing, saline note on the finish.  Very digestible style.  For drinking now to 2018.

  • 108. Cairanne Blanc CDR-Villages AC 2016, Réserve des Seigneurs

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    Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint-Martin

    50% Roussanne, 50% Clairette (13.5% alc.)

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    Cuve aged, this wine especially reflects the benefits of bio-dynamic viticulture according to the Alary brothers. It now has more freshness and definite saline note on the finish.  It shows peach, exotic fruits and floral notes on the palate and has a welcoming tension and freshness. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 109. Cairanne Rouge CDR-Villages AC 2014, Réserve des Seigneurs

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    Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint-Martin

    60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah (14.5% alc.)

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    The Alary brothers believe that a good proportion of mourvèdre (30% here from old vines on a south facing hillside) is vital both to temper the power and complement the grenache. From the very pure fruited, well balanced 2014 vintage it offers attractive dark cherry fruit and spice with good length on the palate, and for a southern Rhone is notably fresh and easy to drink. Low sulphur. For drinking now to 2020.  

  • 110. Cairanne CDR-Villages AC 2011, Les Douyes

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    Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint-Martin

    60% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre (14.5% alc.)

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    This is the domaine’s top unoaked cuvée, from vines aged up to 99 years, yielding on average just 18hh. It offers a good depth of characterful, spicy red fruit, liquorice and a hint of thyme and freshly milled black pepper. For drinking now to 2019+.

  • 111. Vacqueyras AC 2014, Doucinello

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    Domaine le Sang des Cailloux

    70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault (13.5% alc.)

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    Similar to the Alary bothers at Oratoire St Martin, Serge Ferigoule is convinced that working bio-dynamically since 2008 has helped to bring a better balance and more freshness to his wine. Destalked 100% and aged in old foudres, the 2014 here is very successful, with a black cherry fruit, black olives, liquorice, cinnamon, good structure and fine tannins. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 112. Vacqueyras AC 2015, Les Prémices

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    Domaine Roucas Toumba

    20% Marsanne, 17% Roussanne, 16% Clairette, 15% Grenache Gris, 14% Viognier, 14% Vermentino, 4% Picpoul/Picardan/Carignan blanc (14% alc.)

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    Eric has just 0.85 hectare of massale selected white grapes, and whilst the vineyard is relatively young, his yields are just 16hh. He also harvests at 7am in the morning to preserve freshness. Aged for one year in two to four year old barrels, the wine is complex and dense but has retained an integral freshness and balance, with intriguing aromas of white fruits and flowers. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 113. Vacqueyras AC 2014, La Grande Terre

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    Domaine Roucas Toumba

    60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre (14% alc.)

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    This is a single parcel of 55yo grenache and 30yo syrah and mourvèdre. Whilst the old vine Restanques needs a little more bottle age, this is a cuve aged Vacqueyras with beautiful fruit, accessible in its youth. A mid-cherry colour, it has smoky and maraschino cherry notes on the nose and delectable fruit on the palate with cherry, liquorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and garrigues herbs. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 114. Vacqueyras AC 2012, Les Restanques de Cabassole

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    Domaine Roucas Toumba

    60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Viognier/Clairette/Grenache Blanc (15% alc.)

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    Old vine grenache (60-80 years old) two thirds destalked is the heart of this excellent wine. It has a beautiful deep plum colour, and a fresh black cherry nose intermingled with violets, thyme, ink and smoke. On the palate the wine is rich but freshened by a discreet minerality, with liquorice nuances of violet zan (french sweet!), dark chocolate and menthol supported by old vine tannins. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 115. Gigondas AC 2014

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    Domaine du Grapillon d’Or

    80% Grenache, 20% Syrah (14.5% alc.)

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    This comes from the windy, sun drenched hillsides of the Dentelles de Montmirail. It is a really well controlled Gigondas with hints of thyme/rosemary and game on the nose, supple black cherry fruit, spice, liquorice and mocha on the palate, with a nice freshness and well-integrated tannins. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 116. Gigondas AC 2014

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    Domaine Raspail-Ay

    80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (14% alc.)

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    Dominique Ay destalks 100% and then gives the wine a long cuvaison before ageing for a couple of years in foudres and demi-muids. This is an exceptional Gigondas with real depth of smoky black forest fruits, very spicy with a hint of liquorice and promising savoury tannins. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 117. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2012

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    Domaine de la Biscarelle

    80% Grenache, 20% total of Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah, Counoise (14.5% alc.)

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    Jérôme Grieco’s CNDP comes from old vines in a mix of limestone-clay, deep red clays and typical ‘galets roulés’ river stones. He aims to produce an authentic but easily drinkable wine, and so this is a wine blessed by clarity of fruit expression and none of the souped up sweetness so prevalent in CNDP today. Cuve aged, it offers a mix of spicy red and black fruits, touch of menthol and garrigues herbs, and a long finish featuring fine grained tannins. For drinking now to 2021+.

  • 118. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2011, Les Anglaises

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    Domaine de la Biscarelle

    100% Grenache (15% alc.)

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    Jérôme Grieco’s top cuvée of CNDP comes from 76yo old vines planted in sandy soils on a north facing hillside towards Orange. Not destalked and cuve aged, it has an excellent dark cherry colour that extends right out to the edge, is denser and has more matter than the normal cuvée, liquorice, menthol and clove notes on the palate, and has a long sustained finish and perfectly judged tannins. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 119. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2011

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    Domaine de Ferrand

    95% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre/Cinsault/Syrah (15% alc.)

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    Yields are tiny (20hh) from 90 year old vines. Since 2010 he’s kept 50% of the whole bunches for the fermentation which helps to give a better framework for the wine and adds an extra note of spice and complexity. The 2011 is a fine effort exuding black fruits, liquorice and spice, with a touch of provençal herbs evocative of these limestone hillsides. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 120. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2011

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    Domaine Charvin

    82% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 5% Vaccarèse, 5%Mourvèdre (15% alc.)

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    The over-riding impression with the 2011 is one of harmony, a natural wine emanating from superb work in the vineyard and the least possible intervention and work on the wine back in the cave. It has spicy, chewy cherry fruit, a hint of thyme and is rich, long, but always fresh with a touch of minerality on the finish reflecting the lime-rich soils. For drinking now to 2023+.