Liquorish, gingerbread, redcurrant. In 2014, the west of the Rhone valley got more rain than the eastern parts. You know that our two sources of Côtes du Rhône are the villafranchiennes terraces from the Gard and the village of Vinsobres on the east side of the Rhône valley. We then got this year two very different situations. The syrah being an early ripening grape in our region, it helped me a lot in such a vintage. My Côtes du Rhône 2014 will contain 75% of grapes from Vinsobres. I never used as much Vinsobres in the CDR. It is simple: to cook the best possible dish, you need the best products; this year the best products were in Vinsobres. I am very lucky to take advantage this year of this fantastic source of syrah. The wine has a lot of personnality. The excellent levels of ripening reached here in 2014 are almost surrealistics given the vintage. A few vats still ferment...There is more power in the 2014 than in the 2013 and the shining fruit of our CDR is there. With a good sensation of relief, the taste of ripening in the mouth is balanced by the freshness and the round texture.
Wine SpectatorBright damson plum and blackberry coulis flavors glide along, carried by a mouthwatering anise note through the racy, violet-edged finish. Drink now. 750 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Cotes du Rhone comes mostly from the Vinsobres region of the southern Rhone, and while it's normally 100% Syrah, there's 20% of Grenache in the 2014. Pretty, medium-bodied, balanced and with bright acidity, it gives up ample Provencal herbs, white pepper and darker fruit aromas and flavors. It shows the fresh, lively style of the vintage and has plenty to like.