The “S” stands for Syrah, a word prohibited from appearing on the label thanks to arcane French regulations. But one whiff erases any doubt on that point. The effusive blueberry aromas feature grace notes of pepper and spring flowers; the mouthfeel is rich and layered. Supple tannins coat the crevices of the mouth without turning bitter or astringent, and the…
A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, this is another example of the fine values coming out of the Costières de Nîmes. It’s a medium-bodied wine with a velvety texture and a fine balance between herbs and raspberry fruit on the one hand and dark berries and earth on the other. Drink it over the next 2–3 years.
Fresh and zesty, with slightly confected, bubble-gum-like aromas balanced by bright lime notes and even a bit of chalk-dust minerality to add grip and interest on the finish. Drink now.
The blend is 60% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne, apparently barrel-fermented and aged, as the toast, smoke and coffee elements dominate the nose and palate. There's enough fruit concentration to support the oak in a honeyed, mealy way that shows off the wine's breadth and texture. Drink now.