magnificent wine. A blend of 70 per cent grenache, 20 per cent syrah and 10 per cent mourvèdre from 45-year-old vines on the Plateau de Pielong, this estate counts the Pignan and Rayas vineyards among its neighbours. It’s quite deep with almost an earthy mushroom and truffle edge to the nose. There are a wealth of ripe berry fruits, some fine, fragrant notes and lovely freshness and lift. It delivers a very forthright palate with sweeping rose and red, dark berry fruit flavour, all laid out on supple, sturdy tannins. It’s really juicy and satisfying, with captivating resolve. A bold and convincing wine.
A perfumy style, this is tangy, with a mulled spice and damson plum profile, laced with taut red licorice and lightly roasted cedar notes. The tangy feel hangs through the sanguine-tinged finish.
Domaine La Roquète is an up-and-coming producer that appears to be doing everything right now that the Brunier family hasz had full control for over a decade. To date, the 2007s have been their finest offerings, but the 2009s abd 2010s are not far behind.
Reveals a Burgundian-like delicacy with notes of spring flowers, sweet cherries, black currants, forest floor and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegan, pure and well-balanced, it should drink nicely for 12-12 years
91 -Vivid ruby. Dark berries, potpourri and pungent herbs on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, sweet and vibrant, with impressive clarity to its black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors. Picks up a smoky note with air and finishes with outstanding energy, focus and length. I also had the chance to re-taste the 2008 bottling and it is still a bit bound up, but aeration bring out sweet dark berry fruit and spices. It looks to be on a slow aging curve for the vintage.
Since the Bruniers took over this estate, quality has soared, evidenced by their extraordinary 2007s
Not surprisingly, the 2009 possesses deeper [compared to 2008] black raspberry and black cherry fruit notes intertwined with hints of incense, pepper and spring flowers. Elegant and medium to full-bodied with ripe tannins, it should drink well for 10-12 years.
Bright ruby-red. Pungent, expressive aromas of black raspberry, licorice, spices, nori and tobacco. Round and velvety, supported by a firm tannic spine that helps to shape the hefty dark berry and spice flavors. A late note of bitter cherry carries through a long, spicy and penetrating finish. I like this wine’s blend of density and energy.