Paler ruby than some earlier vintages due to the extreme proportion of Grenache, the nose is however as explosive, plush and opulent as ever, layered with exotic spice, cracked black pepper and of course streaked with crushed vanillin. The palate is instantly appealing, polished and smooth on entry but steeped in depth and texture as the flavours swirl around, lengthen and delight. The lasting impression is satisfying but subtle and fine, not overpowering as perhaps in earlier vintages when they were first released, but a better, finer wine; of course time will be the ultimate judge.
In the Vineyard
The vineyards lie on the craggy slopes around the historic village of Sguret, in the heartland of southern Rhne. These terraced vineyards are planted with noble grape varieties of Syrah and Grenache.
2009 Vintage: "This rock-solid red is dark and muscular, but also perfumy, with an inviting aroma of warm ganache followed by slightly burly currant paste, melted licorice and cherry pte de fruit flavors. A ganache note takes an encore on the finish. Drink now through 2015". 91 points. James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
2009 Vintage: One of the highest rated Sgurets I was able to taste for this report Showing loads of barrel spice, vanilla, leather, and dried flowers, as well as a core of sweet red fruits, this unique 2009 is medium to full-bodied, balanced, and elegant, with a light, seamless texture and fantastic length. The oak shows here (and probably always will), yet it comes across more in a spice-driven way than raw woodThis beautifully constructed 2009 will evolve gracefully for over a decade. 91 Points. The Rhne Report Issue 13, October 2012