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Rhone and Provence

CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2014 Domaine des Romarins
Old-fashioned, full-bodied (14% alcohol) Côtes du Rhône. Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre.

"LE MAZET DES ROMARINS" Viognier 2014 Vin de Pays du Gard

Fine example of Viognier, from west of Avignon: clean, with good acidity, and with flavours of peaches and furry apricots.


CÔTES DU RHÔNE "Les Bateliers" 2012 Clos de Caveau
A rich, full old-fashioned Côtes du Rhône, a blend of Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%), carefully made, from organically cultivated grapes. This estate was owned in the 1970s by Steven Spurrier.


SIGNARGUES Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014 Domaine des Romarins
This is a blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (45%), Mourvèdre (5%). Bottled after a year, this is a beautiful, elegant, rich expression of Côtes du Rhône.


GIGONDAS 2014 Domaine Raspail-Ay
Terrific, full-throttle Gigondas with weight and density - benchmark Gigondas.


VACQUEYRAS "Carmin Brillant" 2011 Clos de Caveau
This is an outstanding wine, matured in oak barrels, but showing no vanilla flavours. It is absolutely packed full of bright, sunny fruit, and has the potential to age gracefully for at least a decade. The domaine is perfectly sited, higher than all the other properties in the appellation, giving the wine a wonderful freshness (the harvest here is a week later than its neighbours).


CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE 2013 Domaine Roger Perrin
Delicious, spicy Châteauneuf du Pape. Recommended.