Note : 92
Bold, ripe and unctuous, with layers of fleshy raspberry, plum confiture and crushed blackberry fruit all melded together, followed by lively toasted spice and ganache notes. This has heft, but is silky along the edges and racy through the finish. Grenache. Drink now through 2017. 400 cases made.
Note : 93
A blend of 100% very old vine Grenache that’s aged in a combination of demi-muid and barrel, the 2009 Domaine de Mourchon Reserve Grenache shows a deep red/purple color to go with gorgeously complex aromas of black currant, raspberry ganache, spice box, dried licorice, violets, lavender, and meat juice. Certainly a big wine, this stays remarkably fresh and focused, delivering a seamless, elegant texture, brilliant richness through the mid-palate, and a heady, long, and completely dry finish. Superb, this can be consumed now, or cellared for 5-8 years.
Note : 16,5/20
Old Grenache vines in a special plot at 350m altitude. Phew! Liqueur nose. This is Chateauneuf liqueur. Sweet and spicy yet every attempt has clearly been made to keep it as smooth as possible. This is beautifully made, but I just can’t quite see how I would fit it into a meal. Too sweet and strong for most main courses. With some very powerful blue cheese instead of port..? Another wine that tastes almost more California than French… Difficult to score. Surely the product of an exceptionally ripe vintage?