Château de L'Aumerade 2006 Dame de Piegros Red (Côtes de Provence)
This blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache spends 12 months aging in oak prior to release and that influence shows on the midpalate, where the tannins are soft and smoothed out, almost creamy in texture. Leather, spice and meaty notes accent blackberry fruit. Drink now–2012.
Château de L'Aumerade 2006 Cuvée Louis Fabre Red (Côtes de Provence)
This cuvée stands in firm contrast to the winery’s more feminine-styled Dame de Piegros, showing the meaty, gamy side of Syrah, powerful spice and blackberry fruit and lashings of vanilla. Ends with firm acids and gripping tannins. This needs 3–4 years of cellaring.