This has enough upfront appeal that it’ll be tough to resist, so better have a few backup bottles hidden around – it should evolve nicely over the next decade plus. Full-bodied and charming, the plummy fruit and truckloads of black cherry flavors are easy to enjoy, especially backed by subtle licorice and peppery herbs. 80% Grenache rounded out with Syrah, Mourvedre, and a secret mix of other AOC allowed varietals (fruit that would have gone into the extraordinary Cuvee da Capo had it been made that year), there is a delicious hint of mystery here – drink in all the details!
Grown on varied lieux-dits around the appellation on a mix of soils, this was fermented in concrete then aged for 24 months in foudre. All whole bunch, which is evidenced by the pleasantly stemmy aromatics. Very full-bodied and concentrated, savoury despite the oak, with bay leaf and thyme. Very tannic, quite hard on the palate in fact. It's well balanced despite the alcohol, thanks to its concentration and intensity. It's an outlying style due to its darkness, hardness and brooding character. It will be fantastic in time however. But wait.