Even better than the 2017, the 2018 Vacqueyras is a similar, forward, fleshy, fruit bomb beauty that has a deep purple color and loads of blue fruits, mint, garrigue, and floral aromas and flavors. It too is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years.
Not yet bottled, the 2018 Gigondas is a big mouthful of a Gigondas that offers fruit bomb levels of cassis, ground pepper, and spice. Soft, forward, and sexy, it’s not going to make old bones, but it certainly packs the fruit. Drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years.
The inky colored 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape from this terrific négociant gives up a ripe bouquet of blackcurrants, violets, ground pepper, and licorice. It's a rich, chewy, primordial barrel sample that has tons of richness and depth. It might even need a year of bottle age to come together and should keep for 7-8 years or more.
Jean-Charles Boisset’s team blends this wine from cinsault, grenache and syrah sourced from vineyards near Montagne St-Victoire. It’s a smooth rosé, with a corn-silk texture and sleek flavors to match. The notes of sage and aloe conjure up a warm, sunny feeling without conferring excess weight.