A super-cuvée from the Bruniers, this is 90% old-vine Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, raised in 30-hectolitre used oak casks. A rich fruit nose, sweet and ripe, certainly concentrated, not in the slightest bit confit or jammy. The palate has a supple, velvety substance and a charcoaly, tannic grip which I like. Good acids, and a long, grippy finish with a savoury twist. 17 /20
JOHN LIVINGSTONE – £36
Promising, potentially broad bouquet. Rich, red fruit palate, wide, typical grenache, with long tannins. Fine, grand. 2009 -2029.
15/20. Même registre que le 2007 avec un style un rien moins expansif mais toujours intéressant, long et tapissant.
89 ( ?) ($75) Bright red. Dark berries and cherry on the nose, with complicating garrigue, licorice and olive nuances. Fleshy, pure red and dark berry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins and clench up with air. The finish hints at sweetness but this is a rather tough read today. (Incidentally, this domain was previously called Domaine La Roquette; its reds are now labeled Domaine La Roquete,)