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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Côtes du Rhône Domaine de Cristia Vieilles Vignes red - 2019-
quite a full red colour; the bouquet is a smoky affair, almost shows creosote, varnish, with a cooked plum interior from . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chapelle St Théodoric Les Sablons red - 2019-
(casks) dark red, a little pale at the top. The bouquet carries well weighted raspberry, ripe red berry fruit with a . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chapelle St Théodoric Le Grand Pin red - 2019- ()
(cask) dark red colour; the bouquet sits quietly, has a firm couch of blackberry fruit, sweetness that leans towards prune, with . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chapelle St Théodoric La Guigasse red - 2019-
(cask) full, dark robe; the bouquet carries weighted sweetness, a dense aroma of cooked black fruits, a blackberry jam resemblance. The . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Cristia Renaissance red - 2019- ()
(casks) deep red robe; the bouquet carries smoky oak, with a firm, tight show of red fruit, the Mourvèdre influence. It . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes red - 2019- ()
(casks) dark red robe; the bouquet is waiting to declare its elegance, is back stage for now, bears a becoming aroma . . . .
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LE CLOS DU CAILLOU - Côtes du Rhône Le Clos du Caillou Le Bouquet des Garrigues white - 2019- ()
refined yellow colour; the nose has an air of quince plum to the fore, a lemon and fennel [Clairette] nudge, peach . . . .
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LE CLOS DU CAILLOU - Côtes du Rhône Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve red - 2019- ()
(barrel/cask) attractive dark red robe; the nose is wide, shows reduction, so will benefit from air. There is a correct Grenache . . . .
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LE CLOS DU CAILLOU - Côtes du Rhône Le Clos du Caillou Le Bouquet des Garrigues red - 2019- ()
(barrel/oak vat/casks) full, deep red colour; the bouquet mixes dark red berry airs with dried herbs, has a plum fruit trail . . . .
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LE CLOS DU CAILLOU - Côtes du Rhône Le Clos du Caillou Esprit Nature red - 2019- ()
dark red robe; the nose leads on an aroma of blackberry with jelly connotations, mulberry jam, a neat sweetness, is a . . . .
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LE CLOS DU CAILLOU - Côtes du Rhône Clos du Caillou Le Caillou red - 2019-
full, bonny red robe; the nose swirls with airs of black, Morello cherries, a firm raspberry note, licorice, is a jaunty . . . .
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DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE - Côtes du Rhône Domaine de la Janasse red - 2019-
dark, appealing red colour; the bouquet has a genuine garrigue presence, a mix of herbs, cherries, plum fruits, a smoky intensity. . . . .
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DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE - Côtes du Rhône Villages Domaine de la Janasse Terre d'Argile red - 2019- ()
(barrel/casks) good looking dark red robe; the nose is intense but not showy, is filled with stylish black berry fruit and . . . .
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DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE - Côtes du Rhône Domaine de la Janasse white - 2019-
fine yellow robe, hint of green. The bouquet is soft, a little floral, centres on apricot, white plum, a note of . . . .
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DOMAINE DURIEU - Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône Villages Henri Durieu red - 2019-
(casks) very dark, handsome robe; the bouquet is stylish, wells up on a liberal display of inviting black cherry, blackcurrant fruit . . . .
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DOMAINE DURIEU - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Durieu Tradition red - 2019- ()
(vat) dark red; the bouquet carries airs of herbs, hay in a black fruit setting, a plum-prune foundation. The palate is . . . .
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DOMAINE JOLIVET - Saint-Joseph L'Instinct red - 2019-
handsome dark red robe; the bouquet has an air of fruit gums, a floral hint. There’s softness in the black berry . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Guigal - 2017-
full, sombre red robe; the bouquet is just stirring, reveals a neatly perfumed, restrained air of plum and spice, a note . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Hermitage E Guigal red - 2017- ()
sturdy dark red colour; the bouquet has a Southern ripeness, plum fruits, oak in a swirl that almost resembles Grenache. It’s . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Crozes-Hermitage E Guigal red - 2018- ()
solid, dark red robe; the bouquet is broad, carries reduction, a “high” note from that, so this needs decanting. There is . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Côtes du Rhône E.Guigal rosé - 2019- ()
firm salmon pink robe; the bouquet is a neat mix of redcurrant fruits, pear drop sweets, has a tender sweetness that . . . .
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DELAS - Condrieu Clos Boucher - 2019- ()
(cask) attractive, fine yellow robe; the bouquet has weight, but doesn’t declare that obviously. There is inner richness that mingles with oak, . . . .
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DELAS - Condrieu La Galopine - 2019-
(vat) steady yellow robe; the bouquet is wide but discreet, reflects white plum, pear fruit, with a gentle butter-floral top note. . . . .
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FERRATON PERE ET FILS - Condrieu Les Mandouls - 2019- ()
yellow robe with a hint of low gold; the bouquet is an ample affair, charged with apricot, white fruits jam, ginger, . . . .
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DOMAINE JULIETTE AVRIL - Côtes du Rhône Domaine Juliette Avril red - 2019- ()
attractive quite full red robe; the bouquet is busy with black cherry fruit, licorice airs, a note of iodine, is a . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Côtes du Rhône Domaine de Cristia red - 2019-
mostly dark red colour; the bouquet offers blackberry fruit with low-key floral elegance, a jelly-like sweetness on board, an air of . . . .
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DOMAINE DE PIGNAN - Côtes du Rhône Domaine de Pignan red - 2019-
dark red robe; the bouquet is brooding, has a savoury manner, entrails, stewed red fruits, is a fundamental opening. The palate . . . .
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DOMAINE DURIEU - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Durieu white - 2019-
appealing yellow robe; the bouquet shows an aroma of mixed white fruits, stewed or compote in style, a little “high”, with . . . .
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DOMAINE DE PIGNAN - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Pignan white - 2019- ()
firm yellow robe; the bouquet leans towards flan, butter influences, a little white raisin, has a compact nature, inner strength. The . . . .
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DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Chante Cigale white - 2019- ()
attractive yellow robe; the bouquet is stylish, agreeably full, centres around notes of orange peel, spice, ginger, dried apricot, hints of . . . .
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DOMAINE DE FERRAND - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Ferrand red - 2019- ()
(steel/concrete vat) full red colour; the nose has a biscuity, crushed nutshells air, red berry and plum fruit at its centre, . . . .
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DOMAINE CHARVIN - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Charvin red - 2019- ()
(vat) attractive red robe; the bouquet has rather Northern, cool take on life, shows nettles, pepper, ash-smoke, a pocket of plum . . . .
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DOMAINE DES SAUMADES - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine des Saumades red - 2019-
(casks) dark, appealing red robe; the nose has a crisp outer tone, a charry note, with a well filled black cherry . . . .
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DOMAINE DU PÈRE CABOCHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Père Caboche Tradition red - 2019- ()
shiny, attractive dark red; a note of coffee-chocolate backs up the nose, with a firm inlay of tight red berry fruit, . . . .
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DOMAINE DU PÈRE CABOCHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes red - 2019-
(vat/barrel) dark red; the bouquet has curvy appeal, a swoop of strawberry fruit, a lucid jam style to it, with back . . . .
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DOMAINE DU PÈRE CABOCHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Père Caboche Création d’Émilie red - 2019-
(vat/barrel) steady red robe; the bouquet gives a prominent, attractively ripe aroma of Grenache, red fruits, with a jelly-like glisten in . . . .
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DOMAINE DU PÈRE CABOCHE - Côtes du Rhône Château La Côte red - 2019- ()
full red robe; the bouquet has an appealing, gentle nature, shows red berry fruits, spice, notes of Pez sweets, a curl . . . .
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DOMAINE DE MARCOUX - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes red - 2019-
(vat) full, deep red robe; the bouquet comes up with Southern notes of olives, salt damp seaweed, with a plum-blackberry fruit . . . .
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DOMAINE BERNARD and FABRICE GRIPA - Saint-Joseph red - 2019-
dark robe, full red, black hues. The bouquet gives immediate appeal, combines soft black berry fruits with scented flowers, has a . . . .
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DOMAINE DE MARCOUX - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Marcoux red - 2019- ()
(large barrel/casks/oak vat) dark red; the bouquet has discreet style, for now centres on black berry fruit with elegance in the . . . .
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DOMAINE DE CRISTIA - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Cristia Tradition red - 2019-
(vat/casks) full red colour; the bouquet is a neat assembly of plum fruit, hints of blackcurrant, pepper, hay, a hint of . . . .
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FAMILLE PERRIN of CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL - Rasteau Famille Perrin L'Andéol red - 2019-
(barrel/casks) deep red colour; the bouquet is sizeable, sturdy, presents a solid wall of black berry fruit, few chinks of light . . . .
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DOMAINE DU PÈRE CABOCHE - Côtes du Rhône Domaine du Père Caboche red - 2019- ()
healthy dark red robe; the bouquet is pretty elegant, softly lined with blackberry fruit, a note of dried herbs, has the . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Côtes du Rhône E.Guigal red - 2017-
deep red robe, a matt tone to it. The bouquet expresses sweetness, stewed plum fruits, a hint of spirit. The palate . . . .
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DELAS - Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit red - 2019-
full, dark red colour; the bouquet carries subdued air of plum fruit, has a safe depth. The palate drinks well, easily, . . . .
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DELAS - Saint-Joseph Les Challeys red - 2019- ()
deep, dark red colour; the bouquet gives a hint of reduction, so allow this to breathe. It has a solid setting, . . . .
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DELAS - Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes red - 2019- ()
dark red robe; an aroma of black cherry, ripe with abundance, leads the nose, notes of fruit gums, succulence present, a . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Hermitage E Guigal white - 2018-
bold yellow robe; the nose comes with steady depth, a peach-fennel note up front, with brioche, and a little butteriness in . . . .
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DOMAINE JOLIVET - Saint-Joseph Clef de Sol white - 2019- ()
2019 ***(*) firm yellow colour; the bouquet is sweet and sunny, with inner accumulated richness, a crème caramel notion with hints . . . .
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DELAS - Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes white - 2019- ()
shiny, full yellow robe; the bouquet carries intricacy, is composed of discreet contributors, white plum, a note of dried apricot, guava . . . .
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