St. Chinian-Roquebrun. 14%
Fresh, inky, fruity spicy Languedoc. Good stuff. Almost too unctuous for me, but a bit more time will calm it down and introduce more savoury tones. Great value. Exactly the sort of wine people hope to find in their supermarket or local cafe but seldom do.
Provence, France. 13.5%
Interesting, food friendly. Sweet ripe Southern flavours with a distinctly acidic finish that is quite attractive and interesting.
Not simple, but not hard to appreciate. The near perfect restaurant/cafe wine? And maybe will benefit from a little more age.
Aged grenache. OK I know it’s supposed to be more than that, bit that’s all it is.
Not sweet, not brett. Lots of good nots but no great positives either.
Going nowhere. Drink now.
Bandol, France. 13%
The acid was a bit of a shock. Tannin was as expected. But it went well with food and I ended up prefering it to the far more modern chateau de Pibarnon.
Faugeres, France. 13%
Doesn’t look 5 years old, this is concentrated stuff. A blend of Syrah, Carignan, Grenache et Mourvedre it’s very much a Southern wine. With modern (but in a good sense) winemaking, indeed this shows a lot of care. But really needs another 5 years.
Cairanne, France. 13.5%
Good stuff, rich, spicy. But lacks the complexity that aged Shiraz can gain. That said this isn’t that old. Still I’d recommend drinking it now rather than waiting in hope.
Nice to have a Cotes Du Rhone with some age. That said it has more softened than gained complexity. Drink up.