92. Pre-bottling from foudre. This has a ripe but fresh feel to it with very attractive berry-compote and spice. There’s a wealth of brambly, red grenache fruit, plenty of spice and a very plush, soft and supple palate with wild raspberries. Drink now.
88-90. Brought up in foudre, the 2017 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet is a mix of mostly Grenache (there’s a good chunk of Carignan). It sees a long maceration and is handled with the same care this estate puts into their Châteauneuf-du-Papes. It offers real character and elegance as well as ample black cherry, blackberries, peppery herbs, and loamy soil aromas and flavors. It will keep for 4-6 years and is a terrific value.