Highly Recommended (continued) 90–94pts
Domaine d’Ouréa, Vacqueyras 2015 90 SF 90 LR 89 MW 92 £18.78
Uvinum This has an initial offering of well-integrated spicy oak. It’s a full-bodied style, exhibiting a pear and quince fruit richness, along with balanced acidity that gives good energy to the finish. Drink 2017-2020 Alc 13% Domaine Roger Sabon, Renaissance, Châteauneuf-duPape 2015 90 SF 89 LR 89 MW 92 £29
Cambridge Wine Merchants, Four Walls, Roberts & Speight, Stainton Wines Lime skin is the first thing that comes to the nose, pine nuts too. It is slightly soft, but very vibrant and fresh with a long, pure, mineral finish. Drink 2017-2021 Alc 13.5% Le Clos des Cazaux, Les Clefs d’Or, Vacqueyras 2016 90 SF 90 LR 90 MW 90 £12.95 (2015) The Wine Society A powerful, imposing wine with vibrant fresh citrus notes on the nose and palate. Lime zest with hints of hay, lavender and jasmine: it’s a refreshing wine. Drink 2017-2020 Alc 13% Domaine Giraud, Les Sables d’Arène, Côtes du Rhône 2016 90 SF 93 LR 89 MW 88 N/A UK www.domainegiraud.fr This is a wine with stone fruit, hints of almond essence, quince and fennel. Full-bodied and oily, the palate is reminiscent of nougat and hints of tobacco. The saline finish makes it very enjoyable. Drink 2017-2019 Alc 14% Domaine St Gayan, L’Oratory, Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet 2015 90 SF 89 LR 90 MW 91 £13.75
Yapp Bros The nose is pungent, like seawater, inlaid with Indian spices and aromatics. It’s light and fresh with subtle elegance. A very drinkable wine.
Drink 2017-2019 Alc 13.5% Vignobles Mayard, La Crau de Ma Mère, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015 90 SF 92 LR 89 MW 88 N/A UK
www.vignobles-mayard.fr Edgy and youthful, with herbs, orchard fruit and a whiff of gunflint, then a suggestion of caramelised apple and an attractive backdrop of Provençal herbs. Drink 2017-2020 Alc 14% Domaine Roche Audran, Côtes du Rhône 2015 90 SF 90 LR 89 MW 91 £11.85
Christopher Piper A fascinating kerosene and greengage nose is the initial note. Sweet and sour red cherries are on the palate, as is a hint of golden apple. It’s quite light in style, showing elegance and freshness. Drink 2017-2018 Alc 13.5% Domaine Saladin, Per El, Côtes du Rhône 2015 90 SF 89 LR 92 MW 89 £25
Clark Foyster An impressive blend, full-bodied and flowing. The palate shows an array of flavours, with notes of apricot, lavender, jasmine, nectarine. There’s also an added mineral note to it in the mouth, giving a beautifully complex finish.
Drink 2017-2019 Alc 13.5% Xavier Vignon, Côtes du Rhône 2015 90 SF 91 LR 90 MW 89 £11
The Big Red Wine Co Attractive apricot and peach flavours in the mouth. It’s certainly not the most elegant; however a lovely wine with food, matching with andouillette served with lentils and caramelised onions. Drink 2017-2019 Alc 14%