Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
150cl * 14.5% ABV * Rhône Valley, France
Winemaker Laurent Daniel is the 7th generation of his family making wine on this estate, the main parcel of which is in the south part of Les Dentelles de Montmirail (the foot hills of the famous Mont Ventoux in the Vauclause region of France). Two other parcels overhang the village of Gigondas and contribute to the rich complexity of this wine.
Each one of the family's vineyards is cultivated using the French Agriculture Raisonée method, a form of environmentally aware farming. Each bottle of Daniel's wine proudly bears the High Environmental Value label on it.
But what of the wine? Freshly crushed black fruits and cassis dominate yet there's a crunchy fresh bite to it too. This vintage scored 16.5/20 from Jancis Robinson MW who described previous vintages as “Grenache at it’s most delicate tasting… it has the luscious appeal of the one of the finest Chateauneufs.”
Jeb Dunnock was impressed too, giving it 90-92/100 and saying "the purity and freshness of the vintage as well as outstanding notes of red and blue fruits, sappy herbs/garrigue, and pepper. It’s nicely concentrated, elegant, medium-bodied, and just has everything in the right place. It will keep for over a decade."
Drink now and until 2030