The gnarled and arthritic looking Vieilles Vignes parcel has
seen some 100 vintages, and consists of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10%
Mayard's wines are superb expressions of a disappearing style. Slightly gamey, herbes
de Provence and freshly ground white pepper notes mingle with dried cherry and
cranberry aromas. Velvety, supple, and deceptively rich in texture, the wines have a
meatiness and depth but with complete elegance and finesse. They are long, almost
sweet in the finish, without agressive tannins or stemminess. The higher percentage of Mourvedre gives it a brooding, gamey-rich,
animal quality, but without a trace of rusticity.