Highly Rec­om­mended (con­tin­ued) 90–94pts

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

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%

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