Jancis Robinson – 2017


Jancis Robinson – jancisrobinson.com

Rasteau rouge ” La Ponce ” 2015 : 16/20
« 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. The Grenache is in concrete tank for a year and the Syrah in oak barrel for a year. Drink 2018-2025
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Rather oxidised sample but with lots of suave fruit underneath. Drawing-room Rasteau rather than the rustic sort! Maybe another sample would be even more impressive… Lots of punch. I suspect I am under-scoring this wine. »

Rasteau rouge ” Héritage 1924 ” 2015 : 16,5/20
« Mostly Grenache. In concrete tanks for nine months. Drink 2017-2023
Tasted blind. Dark ruby. Some damp-fur elements plus very ripe, intense fruit. Dry tannins on the end but lots of concentration and ambition. Hot end (rare for Rasteau). Fun to drink! Racy strawberry fruit.”

CDRV Roaix rouge ” Les Hautes Granges ” 2015 : 15/20
« Mostly Syrah. Nine months in oak. Drink 2018-2021
Tasted blind. Dark, glossy blackish crimson. A charred nose. This wine seems to have been overworked. So much extraction that it has virtually lost its fruit in the middle. Too much emphasis on the phenolics? A rather bitter end. »

CDRV Plan de Dieu rouge ” Calendal ” 2015 : 15,5/20
« 70% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre. Aged in 225-litre barrels for nine to ten months. Drink 2018-2022
Tasted blind. Bright dark crimson. Sweet with oak more in evidence than the fruit. Lots of sweet juiciness and very smoothed tannins but it’s more a cellar wine than a vineyard one. »