98 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): "[$570 list] Glass-staining ruby. A deeply perfumed bouquet features black raspberry, cherry liqueur, boysenberry, exotic spice and floral scents that show outstanding definition and smoky mineral lift. Sweet and penetrating in the mouth, offering wonderfully concentrated black and blue fruit preserve, violet pastille, spicecake and savory herb flavors that possess unlikely vivacity for their depth. The strikingly long, floral- and spice-driven finish is shaped by steadily building tannins that play nicely with the wine's intense fruit. Drink: 2028-2041. (Oct 2021)"
98 points Matt Walls (Decanter): "Aromatically lifted, strongly showing the floral, violet, dimension of Mourvèdre. Very silky and stylish, luxurious but not opulent. Ripe, with great tannic finesse, amply weighted, but more a vintage about finesse than power. Very well balanced, almost drinkable already. It will age on its balance, not for as long as some recent vintages perhaps, but that's of no great consequence – it’s still an exceptional wine. Around 60% of the blend comes from old-vine Mourvèdre from their Courrieux vineyard. Grapes are destemmed, fermented in tronconic wooden vats using natural yeasts after a brief cold maceration, with regular punching down. Drinking Window: 2023-2045. (Oct 2020)"
97 points CellarTracker.com community score.
96 points James Suckling: "A more savory, moody, strong expression. Deeply rich nose with minerals, flowers, wild herbs, tar, toasted spices and pepper. The dark berries have a smoky edge. Minerally edge, too, thanks to the 60 per cent mourvèdre. The palate has glossy, ripe and super-fine tannins in sheets. Deep-set, dark plums and blueberries in the finish. Noble tannins. Age-worthy. (10/17/19)"
4 stars, John Livingstone-Learmonth: "(80-90% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, from a 0.9 hectare sandy plot L’Argné below the village, mostly Grenache 1890-1910, part destemmed, 2 week vinification in tronconic oak vats (new in 2010), manual cap punching only action, vertical press used, aged large 40-45 hl oak barrels (new in 2011) 12-15 months, egg white fined, can be filtered, 6-10,000 b). Quite a full red, a purple hue at the top; the bouquet engages with its essence of strawberry aroma, herbs alongside, soft florality, has inner intensity, no wavering. The palate is solidly composed of deep-seated Grenache red-fruited content, that is swiftly taken over by persistent tannins on the prowl, a vegetal note on the firm, extended finish. This is almost waiting to burst out, carries unreleased strength, the second half a touch rugged, resistant. Time will sort it out well, so leave until 2024-25. Decanting essential. 2046-48 Jan 2021."
|Varietal||Rhone Blends - Red|
|Blend||60% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Cinsault|