This is exactly what made me fall in love with Rhone reds years ago. Nice and ripe aromas of dark plum/prune, blackberry, chocolate, licorice, and the typical garrigue/earthy notes of the region. Medium-bodied, it has nice acidity to keep it fresh with good tannic structure. Excellent length on the finish. Big fruit, a bit of earthiness, and a very attractive price. I'll definitely buy more of this. Tasted April 2013.
A very ripe but balanced CdR, loaded with herbs and note of black pepper supporting the ripe fruit. A bit rustic, but plenty of charm. I note some heat on the finish. An easy wine to enjoy short-term at a fine price. Tasted March 2013.