Two grape sources have composed this wine for many years now and one can't help but be impressed by the way they are consistant in quality whatever the vintage is. Vinsobres brings the freshness, the complexity, the strength and the balance. The "villafranchiennes terraces" from the Gard area (huge terraces of rolling stones) generate the color, the power, the generosity of a southern Syrah. In 2012, the wines are exceptional and this vintage shows notes of redcurrant, blackcurrant, licorice, and violet.
"A solid, gutsy version, with note of plum paste and black currant preserves studded with hints of licorice and singed vanilla. Briar and tobacco details check in on the finish, which shows pleasant grip. Drink now. "
"A step up, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone is almost all Syrah that comes from higher elevation vineyards in Vinsobres and the Gard region (western side of the Rhone River). Offering big, bright berry fruits, pepper, olive and hints of meatiness, it is a medium-bodied, elegant and rock-solid Cotes du Rhone that has loads of character."
The Wine Advocate