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DOMAINE SAINT PRÉFERT - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Saint-Préfert Collection Charles Giraud red - 2019-
(casks) dark red; the bouquet gives a Grenache-inspired plum fruit air with a savoury tone, a speckle of wild strawberry, a . . . .
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DOMAINE SAINT PRÉFERT - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier red - 2019- ()
(casks) dark, shiny red robe; the bouquet is elegant, relaxed, not yet out, offers black olives, black berry jam airs, has . . . .
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DOMAINE SAINT PRÉFERT - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Saint-Préfert Classique red - 2019-
(vat) full, dark red; the bouquet carries  an inky intensity, is a good, mixed bag with blackberry jelly, herbal, licorice, olives . . . .
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VIGNOBLES MAYARD, DOMAINE DU PÈRE PAPE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Père Pape In the Groove red - 2019-
(large barrel) dark plum red; the bouquet gives an up front air of sweet herbs, crushed red berries, with a savoury . . . .
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VIGNOBLES MAYARD, DOMAINE DU PÈRE PAPE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Calvaire red - 2019- ()
(vat) dark red robe; the bouquet gives a deep aroma of discreetly sweet raspberry-blackberry fruit, has just a little stewing and . . . .
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LES GRANDES SERRES - Côtes du Rhône Domaine Serres red - 2019- ()
dark red colour; the bouquet is rather tinny, has a crushed nutshells, hay aroma, implies dustiness, carries a note of cherry. . . . .
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DOMAINE MARTIN - Côtes du Rhône Domaine Martin red - 2019- ()
dark red; the bouquet has a soft aroma of black berry fruit, is a little coy, carries gentle sweetness, a note . . . .
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DOMAINE MARTIN - Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Yves Martin Syrah red - 2018-
shiny, dark red, black-tinted robe; the bouquet bounces out, is expressive, nicely filled with black berry fruit, dollops of licorice, has . . . .
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LE MAS DE LIBIAN - Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Rhône Villages La Calade red - 2018-
bright, quite dark red; discreet violet airs hover with damson plum in a nose that is slow to evolve. The palate . . . .
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LE MAS DE LIBIAN - Côtes du Rhône Mas de Libian Khayyâm red - 2019-
(vat/barrel, bottling Sept 2020) dark red; cassis-blackberry twin on the bouquet, licorice also from the Mourvèdre – it’s a wide, promising . . . .
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LE MAS DE LIBIAN - Côtes du Rhône Mas de Libian Bout d'Zan red - 2019- ()
(cask/vat, bottling June 2020) dark red; there’s an air of crushed nutshells from the oak, the large barrels, with moss on . . . .
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LE MAS DE LIBIAN - Bon Vin de France Vin de Pétanque de Libian red - 2019- ()
dark red; the nose is reserved for now, has a latent blackberry-raspberry aroma, is reticent. The palate, by contrast, springs out . . . .
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LE MAS DE LIBIAN - Vin de France or IGP Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche Cave Vinum white - 2019- ()
(vat) pale yellow robe; has a clear, white-fruited bouquet, peach stone present. The palate gives a flavour of mixed white fruits, . . . .
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LE MAS DE LIBIAN - Vin de France Buve Z’en rosé - 2019-
pale pink; gentle red fruit airs lead the nose, strawberry with roses. The juice is fine, a flavour of redcurrant with . . . .
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LES GRANDES SERRES - Côtes du Rhône Les Portes du Castelas red - 2019-
(vat) very dark robe; the bouquet has a brothy quality, a rather jumbled air of stewed black fruits, nut shells, is . . . .
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DOMAINE LA FAGOTIÈRE - Côtes du Rhône Domaine la Fagotière Cuvée M red - 2019- ()
dark red; the bouquet gives a nicely together aroma led by black cherries, licorice, typical of Mourvèdre. It has a sweet . . . .
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DOMAINE DU BOIS DE SAINT JEAN - Côtes du Rhône Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean En Livrée red - 2019-
dark, thorough robe. The bouquet offers a glimpse of potential, a concerted air of black cherry fruit, with cocoa, cold dark . . . .
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DOMAINE DU BOIS DE SAINT JEAN - Côtes du Rhône Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean Les Quatre Vents red - 2019- ()
handsome dark red robe; the bouquet has a chocolate density, a thick black jam aroma with an in-built sweetness, licorice also . . . .
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DOMAINE LA FAGOTIÈRE - Côtes du Rhône Domaine La Fagotière red - 2019- ()
quite a dark red; the nose shows reduction, so allow air. There is a grilled side to it, cooked plum fruit, . . . .
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DOMAINE LA MEREUILLE - Côtes du Rhône red - 2019- ()
(vat/barrel) dark robe, full to the brim. The bouquet is weighty, a little sweet, based on a pile of black berry . . . .
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DOMAINE DE L'HARMAS - Côtes du Rhône Harmonie by Harmas red - 2019-
Victoria plum red colour; the bouquet assembles spice, has a brisk tone, a note of blackcurrant, blackberry. The palate sets off . . . .
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DOMAINE GRAMILLER - Côtes du Rhône Domaine Gramiller fruits rouges red - 2019- ()
dark plum colour; the bouquet shows reduction, so allow it to breathe. There is a brothy, savoury, stewed red stone fruits . . . .
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CHÂTEAU DE MANISSY - Côtes du Rhône Château de Manissy Oracle red - 2019-
shiny dark red, purple tints; the bouquet charms thanks to its sunny curve of aroma that mixes dried herbs with blackcurrant . . . .
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DOMAINE LA BOUTINIÈRE - Côtes du Rhône Domaine La Boutinière Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Boutin red - 2019- ()
handsome dark red; the bouquet sits with a firm assurance in the glass, is more on potential than delivery today, has . . . .
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DOMAINE LA BOUTINIÈRE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve Vieilles Vignes La Crau red - 2019-
(casks/vat) dark red robe; the bouquet is inky, a close-knit assembly of black fruits, black olives, a hint of mulberry, reflects . . . .
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GABRIEL MEFFRE - Condrieu Gabriel Meffre Laurus - 2019- ()
(casks) quite a full yellow robe; the bouquet is a swirl of oak-toast and exotic fruits, ginger, apricot, white raisin. It’s . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Condrieu La Doriane - 2019-
attractive yellow robe; the bouquet centralises around a pinpoint of sweet oak and apricot, is softly floral, wide, carries potential for . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Condrieu - 2019- ()
shiny yellow robe; the bouquet has a toasted from oak, vanilla air, an inlay of apricot, table wax and smoke. It’s . . . .
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E.GUIGAL - Crozes-Hermitage E Guigal white - 2019- ()
yellow robe, solid depth. The bouquet lindes up grapefruit, zesty fruit mixed with topical fruit, mango, notes of brioche bread, pear . . . .
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VIGNOBLES MAYARD, DOMAINE DU PÈRE PAPE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau de Ma Mère red - 2019-
(large barrel) replete, full red robe; the bouquet is yet to show its full hand, has an intense centre of raspberry, . . . .
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VIGNOBLES MAYARD, DOMAINE DU PÈRE PAPE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Père Pape red - 2019-
(large barrel) dark red; the bouquet rests on a sweet foundation, the fruit led by raspberry with a creamy, coulis, jelly . . . .
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CHÂTEAU LA NERTHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château La Nerthe Cuvée des Cadettes red - 2019- ()
(casks) shiny-hued dark red; the bouquet settles around a measured aroma of black berry fruit, with oak notes, chocolate hovering. It’s . . . .
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CHÂTEAU LA NERTHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château La Nerthe red - 2019-
(casks/oak vat) attractive full red robe; the bouquet is a streamlined, swish affair, offers black cherry fruit with notes of ground . . . .
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PIERRE AMADIEU - Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Paillousse white - 2019-
clear yellow robe; the bouquet has a tinkle of clarity, is a little simple, shows white fruits with a note of . . . .
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DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de la Solitude Cuvée Barberini white - 2019-
full yellow robe; the bouquet comes forward fully, shows oak-toast, citrus marmalade airs with a bright levity to them, a saline . . . .
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DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de la Solitude white - 2019- ()
bright yellow robe; the nose is on reduction, so there is a “high” air to its white fruits, which are sweet . . . .
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DOMAINE ROGER PERRIN - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Roger Perrin white - 2019-
peachy yellow robe; the bouquet has a ripe air of glazed fruits, a grapey centre, with a hint of salt on . . . .
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MAS DE BOISLAUZON - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mas de Boislauzon white - 2019- ()
yellow robe, hints of flint; the bouquet gives airs of aniseed, gentle peach, with a hint of verbena tea. It’s a . . . .
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J. VIDAL-FLEURY - Châteauneuf-du-Pape J.Vidal-Fleury white - 2019-
clear, attractive yellow robe; the bouquet gives a precise white-fruited aroma, a note of pear, mild peach, discreet grapiness, winsome spring . . . .
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DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard white - 2019- ()
clear, bright yellow robe; the bouquet sits discreetly in the glass, with a calm style to it, an appealing air of . . . .
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DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard red - 2019-
(casks/large barrel) immensely dark robe, almost all black. The bouquet is a sturdy, oaked do, with a firm black Morello cherry fruit . . . .
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DOMAINE LA MEREUILLE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine La Mereuille white - 2019-
yellow robe; the bouquet is full, tangy, has a firm couch of white fruits, vanilla, peach stone, table wax present. The . . . .
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DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Beaurenard red - 2019- ()
(large barrel/casks/oak vat) dark, replete robe; the bouquet carries interest via its really neat air of black fruit, with a refined rose-floral . . . .
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DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Famille Brunier Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Télégramme red - 2019- ()
(large barrel) Grenache-inspired quite full red robe; the bouquet leads on an aroma of sweet, musky red fruits with a note . . . .
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DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Fréderic & Daniel Brunier lieux-dits Piedlong et Pignan red - 2019-
(barrel) tender red robe; the bouquet exudes a perfumed, rose-laden aroma that is redolent of pot-pourri, dried flowers and scented baskets, . . . .
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DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau red - 2019-
(large barrel) healthy dark red robe; the bouquet carries weight, sunshine, has a plunge of sultry, perfumed red stone fruits, with . . . .
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DOMAINE DU PEGAU - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Pegaü Cuvée Réservée red - 2019- ()
(barrel) dark red robe; the bouquet is rich, generous, has a sweet heart of Grenache plum fruit with a nibble of . . . .
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CHÂTEAU MONT-REDON - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Mont-Redon red - 2019- ()
(casks) dark robe, black over red; the nose has an oaked take, which fits in OK, airs of olives, nutshells, discreet . . . .
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CHATEAU CABRIÈRES - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition red - 2019-
(casks) dark, full robe; the bouquet has a sweet, near jammy aroma of crushed blackberry, notes of black olives, herbs, red . . . .
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LES CAILLOUX - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux red - 2019- ()
(vat) quite a dark red colour; the bouquet is charming, based on raspberry fruit with sweet herbs in attendance, rosemary and . . . .
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