Wine Advocate | Oct 2023

CHÂTEAU DE LUC VEREDUS2021Crafted from vines planted on clay-limestone and stony soils, the 2021 Château de Luc Veredus, matured 12 months in barrels, reveals a deep, profound bouquet with aromas of garrigue, blueberries, dark berries, clove and tapenade. Moderately weighted, it’s structured with broad shoulders and a long but tannic finish despite a lively mid-palate.
TOUR DE RIEUX LA BERGERIE2019With notes evoking spring flowers and red berries, the 2020 Tour de Rieux La Bergerie possesses a moderately weighted palate, bright acids and a firm finish.
CHÂTEAU FABRE GASPARETS2019Crafted from Carignan, Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2019 Corbieres-Boutenac Chateau Fabre Gasparets evokes a dark, powerful and oaky bouquet with aromas of baked dark berries, tapenade and spices. It has a medium to full-bodied palate, with a rich and broad texture, ending with a tannic finish. Having matured for 12 months in barrels, it’s expected to reach its fifth year beautifully.
Château De Rieux Cuvée Demi-Muid2019A blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre that fermented for 20 days and matured for one year in 500-liter barrels (demi-muids), the 2019 Château de Rieux Demi Muid reveals a deep bouquet with aromas of spices, licorice, baked dark berries and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, layered and rich, it’s elegantly balanced with a tannic, firm finish.
GRANDE COURTADE INSTANT ROSE2022A singular blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, the 2022 IGP Pays d’Oc Rose Domaine Grande Courtade possesses a fruity bouquet with aromas of red berries, wild strawberries, lemon and a touch of menthol. Light to medium-bodied, balanced and juicy, it’s a very fresh rosé.
TOUR DE RIEUX- CINSAULT2021The 2019 IGP Pays d’Oc Tour de Rieux l’Instant Rare Cinsault is just the sort of light to medium-bodied red that summertime casual dining requires. It’s scented with cherries and dried spices, boasts silky, diaphanous tannins and finishes crisp. No, it’s not rich or profound, but it’s certified organic, cheerful and reasonably complex, and that should count for a lot these days.