Jancis Robinson – 2017


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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. »