2012 Domaine Grand Nicolet "Les Esqueyrons" Rasteau (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
And one of the most impressive wines I was able to taste from the appellation, the knockout 2012 Rasteau Les Esqueyrons checks in as a blend of 55% concrete aged Grenache and 45% barrel-aged Syrah. It offers gorgeously pure creme de cassis, black raspberry, violets, wild herbs and hints of toast in its full-bodied, seamless and layered personality. While a big, rich and textured effort, it is perfectly balanced and stays focused and clean. Don’t miss it. Drink 2014-2024. Run by Jean-Pierre Bertrand, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie, this top-notch estate covers over 70 acres, mostly in Rasteau. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah): Inky purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry liqueur, cola and licorice, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Energetic blackberry and cassis flavors are sweetened by a building note of mocha. Finishes pliant and spicy, with velvety tannins and a late kick of tangy minerality.