Red, 2017 - Grapes
Grenache Noir - Châteauneuf ’s life blood. Warm, strong and sweet. Flavours of blackcurrant and blackberry, cherry, red plum and strawberry. Aromatic black pepper, lavender, thyme and liquorice.
Syrah - A deep, blackening purple. Perfumed, seductive and brooding. Jam-like, rich, chewy, berry fruits. Notes of tar, smoke, bacon, chocolate and sometimes violets.
Mourvèdre - Astringent, gamy, meaty and spicy. Flavours of blackberry, clove, tobacco and leather.
47% grenache noir, 32% syrah, 19% mourvèdre, 2% cinsault-vaccarèse
Grenache may dominate, but Syrah and Mourvèdre deliver balance and structure. Where Grenache is at its best when ripe, these two balance out its high alcohol levels. Where Grenache has a density of tannins that gives a round, full feel, these two give structure. Syrah also lends colour and body, as Mourvèdre lends class and a liveliness that is quite interesting to the final bottle.
Rouge, 2017 - Tasting Notes
Nose - Intense and expressive with youthful aromas dominated by fresh fruit (raspberry and cherry), delicately spiced and enhanced by an oaky note.
Palate - Ample, fresh and fruity with ripe blackcurrant, raspberry and jammy sour cherry. Well-balanced with spicy flavours (liquorice and pepper). Complex, with soft resin notes and a touch of oak.
Finish - Fine tannins for a smooth, very harmonious texture.
“Deeply coloured (more so than normal) with powerful notes of blackberries, currants, ground pepper, leafy herbs, and hints of seaweed wrappers (think sushi wrappers), it hits the palate with a full-bodied concentrated, powerful style that carries polished tannins, ample fruit, and a great finish. Marking a subtle shift in style here, this red will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age.”
"This estate was taken over by the Caze family (of Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux) in 2006, and the quality has soared over the past decade."