Still youthful, this opens up with a funky, farmy, red-fruited nose. I've always liked the very obvious Grenache character of this wine, the fruit is pure, round and concentrated with marks of kirsch and framboise, not at all over the top, just very charming. There is a gentle marks of spices and earth underneath, but the fruit is still on top. Great wine, no rush.
What is so great about this wine is how it transcends everything Grenache is about. A wonderfully aromatic nose of flowers, kirsch and soil leads on to a restrained palate of all sorts of red fruits, cherry, strawberry, raspberry a faint hint of animal fur and soil. We are 9 years in here and this wine is still so young and full of vibrant fruit. Really impressive and plenty of life left.
Have to write a short note because this is just so good. Potentially the best Cotes du Rhone Charvin has ever made. Everything is in balance here, the fruit is pure and fresh, penetrating, kept in check by the acidity and the tannins. The mark from the soil is obvious. Not a profound wound by any means, but just so pleasing so reassuring.
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