Bright ruby-red. Exotic, floral-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry liqueur, Asian spices and herbs. Spicy, penetrating red fruit flavors gain weight with air and pick up deeper licorice and cherry-cola qualities. Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to an impressively long, floral-dominated finish. I don’t recall ever having a more impressive wine from this estate. 93
94 pts – Flavors of melted licorice, blood orange, black tea, macerated black currant, anise and smoldering tobacco have been woven together here with a thread of alder that ties up the full-bodied finish with grace. Shows power, but definition too, and retains a lovely, lingering feel. Best from 2013 through 2026
If you can find any of the 400 cases made of Roquète’s luxury cuvée fashioned from old Grenache vines planted in the lieu-dit Les Pialons, don’t hesitate to buy it.
This vintage is slightly superior to the 2009, and only a step behind the monumental 2007. Precise notes of black raspberries, black cherries, spring flowers, lavender, licorice and incense are found in this full-bodied, beautifully proportioned, intense red. Enjoy it over the next 15 years.
92-94.Dark red. Wild, exotic bouquet evokes candied red fruits, cinnamon, mace and garrigue. Stains the palate with intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with gingerbread and floral pastille nuances gaining power with air. Finishes sweet and long, with impressive clarity and persistent spiciness.