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A surprisingly concentrated, pure, ripe and very expressive nose with loads of dark cherries and a black forest gâteau-like sweetness, transcended by Beaucastel’s hallmark lift and elegance. The palate is simply effortless and delicious, with a gentle texture, superb balance and fleshy, fresh fruit. Jeb Dunnuck notes: “The Mourvèdre is the star of the show...this should come together beautifully in bottles and be one of the vintage’s strongest efforts”.
92-95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014
Whilst slightly closed at this very early stage of youth, the nose is still very attractive with excellent freshness, typical of the 2013s. On the palate, a good structure with verdant, fresh fruit and a slightly salty tang. The length is superb, whilst the wonderful balance ensures that this is an incredibly well-organised wine, built for the long-haul.
Highly scored in the 2012 vintage, the 2013 Piedlong again offers fantastic value. Made with the same attention to detail as the other Brunier wines, the nose is full of fresh, ripe dark fruit alongside an enjoyable spiciness. With the freshness that characterises the 2013s in abundance, the palate is very well balanced, and offers superb potential. For the price this is fantastic Châteauneuf.
With less Grenache than usual (just 60%), the de-stemmed Syrah and Mourvèdre bring a beautiful freshness and savoury element to this Côtes du Rhône. With great quality fruit and fantastic poise, this is deliciously drinkable.
From vines planted in 1934, this is an atypically spicy blend with peppery, blackberry fruit and garrigue notes. Fine boned with grainy tannins, this mouth-coating wine will benefit from a couple of years in bottle. That time will be well rewarded: the 2008 is perfect today!
True to the traditional roots of the domaine, Celine, David and Thierry have produced another classy wine in 2013. Partial whole bunch fermentation has encouraged a dense but not over-extracted style, with a fragrant medley of red and black fruits, classic herbal complexity and a highly textured, juicy palate. A superstar as ever, despite the low price.
An exemplary example of the traditional winemaking happening in the lofty vineyards of Gigondas, this single cuvée from the estate gets the maximum attention from the three Faraud sisters making the wine. Seductive, deep blueberries with a meaty, herbal richness and an expansive, salivating palate, this is a sublime expression of Gigondas’ beautiful terroir.
Cooler, high altitude vineyards seem to have worked best in 2013; fortunately for Domaine de la Boussière, these are their calling card. Their wines this vintage, made from 35% Syrah, are juicy, aromatic and spicy. With notes of violet, lavender and pure raspberry cordial fruit, they positively ooze finesse, the impression of which remains after the long, herb-infused finish has faded away.
Serendipitously, given the lower yields for Grenache, 2013 gave the perfect conditions for Syrah in the Southern Rhone; conditions that were skilfully employed by the Usseglio estate to produce a real star of a wine. This has a captivating sweet spice nose and a deep richness of fruit; the palate is soft and plush yet with much enjoyed ripe tannins to provide the crowning structure.
Much to the benefit of the Tradition, Marie and François decided not make a Grenache des Pierres this year, so all the grapes from fantastic vineyard of La Grande Pierre have helped make this a real highlight of the vintage. Very perfumed, beautiful berries, at once concentrated and lifted. With a sumptuous texture and generous fruit, this is hard to fault!
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