The Globe and Mail of Ontario rates our Chateau Rochecolombe 89pts:
A blend of grenache and syrah, this full-bodied red sports good concentration for the money, with a smooth core of ripe berry, hints of mineral and herbs and balancing acidity on the finish. It would suit roast poultry or redmeats stews.
New selections and vintages:
Domaine Thierry Drouin, "La Roche" 2010, Macon-Vergisson
Chateau Poitevin, 2008, Mèdoc, Firm tannins frame straightforward flavors of plum, tar and herbs in this chewy red. Floral and mineral notes add interest. Offers lively acidity, with a clean, fresh finish. Drink now through 2016. 88pts WS
Chateau Rochecolombe, Cotes du Rhone, 2009, 40% Syrah, 60% Grenache, Certifed Organic. Dark and toasty, but nicely integrated, with spice and espresso hints giving way to warm currant paste and crushed fig fruit. A racy graphite note lets the finish stretch out nicely. Very solid. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,000 cases made. JM, WS 89pts
Domaine Bouchie-Chatellier, La Renardiere 2009, Pouilly Fumé, Sauvignon Blanc
Domaine La Combe Blanche, "La Chandelière" 2009, Minervois, La Lavinière, Syrah 75%, Grenache 25%, High-toned, high-altitude nose with amazing richness and depth. A big success from Guy Vanlancker. Very rewarding. All that ripeness almost covering the fruit reminds me rather of bordeaux 2010s. Good freshness and balance too. Ripe blackberry flavours. No pain! But more youthful than many. Jancis Robinson 17.5 / 20pts (highest rated wine at Grand Crus Languedoc Tasting, London)