This is quite a brilliant wine. I was really stunned by how elegant and fine it was – Grenache at its most beguiling.
Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018 Southern Rhône, France
14.5% alcohol. This is brilliant. It’s a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, and it’s supremely elegant. Quite light-bodied, yet full flavoured, it has refined cherry and plum fruit with a delicate peppery spiciness and a really silky texture. There’s warmth and depth, but also freshness and finesse. This really delivers purity and elegance. There are notes of sour cherry, liqourice and dried herbs, too. Such a beautiful, seamless, complete wine. 96/100 (£34.99 Virgin Wines here, Tanners here)
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