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Rhone and Provence

VINTUR  Rouge Tradition 2013 AC Ventoux
The estate is a short distance outside Carpentras. This wine is soft, charming, with a touch of pepperiness on the finish. Grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre.

CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2022 Domaine des Romarins 
I have been buying this wine for nearly 30 years, and it is reliably delicious, a genuine - "honest", as the French say - Côtes du Rhône, with good weight and deep colour. Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan.


SIGNARGUES Côtes du Rhône Villages 2019 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. The 2019 is still deep and dark in colour, with tannin evident, and would benefit from cellaring for a year or two.


VINTUR Blanc Tradition 2020 AC Ventoux 
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Vermentino and Roussanne. This is lighter than the previous vintage, containing less Roussanne. Fresh, peachy, with good length on the finish.


CÔTES DU RHÔNE "Les Bateliers" 2022 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.


VACQUEYRAS "Carmin Brillant" 2018 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).


GIGONDAS 2020 Domaine Raspail-Ay 
Terrific, full-throttle Gigondas with weight and density - benchmark Gigondas.