Grenache from Roussillon is fine, juicy, elegant and offers us an extraordinary aromatic palate allied with a delicious velvety consistency. We easily find the difference with the expressions of Grenache from Rhone Valley or Spanish Cataluña. Higher situated, the vineyards take benefit from the important range of temperature between day and night which guarantees both maturity and balance.
For the 2007 blend, the spicy and smoked character of Grenache seems dominate first, but other fruity and mineral touches should be revealed in bottle. From spring 2010, the wine will share all its complexity.
"The 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Villages from geologically diverse sites in a half dozen outstanding villages is composed primarily of Grenache, with smaller amounts of Carignan, Syrah, and Mourvedre. “The Carignan” from high elevation Belesta and Caramany “is key,” maintains Hecht, because Grenache from schist in Maury (which make up about a quarter of the blend) can represent too much richness and blatant fruitiness. High-toned mint, cherry distillate, blackberry liqueur, and floral notes as if from some exotic orchid light up the nose and lead to a deeply rich, opulent palate. Like the corresponding 2007 Faugeres (reviewed in my Languedoc report), this shows more obvious sweetness of fruit and viscosity than previous renditions, yet ups the ante in all other departments as well, and the last thing that comes to mind here is over-ripeness or heaviness. On the contrary, there is terrific energy and lift, leading to a polished, savory, persistently stimulating finish. 92-93 Points"
The Wine Advocate