Score : 88+/100
After fermentation in tank, it was aged for 6 months in oak wine barrels.
This red Cotes de Provence comes in a rather dark red color, not overly so but quite dense.
The nose is primarily oaky, and fruity too.
Loads of vanilla and smoke, some toastiness: dark cocoa and toffee. The fruits come after: dark cherry, strawberry jam, blackberry. There is a touch of a herbal smell to it too, like thyme, and lifted spiciness from white pepper.
A deep and profound nose then, with this herbal touch giving it character.
The palate is mid-bodied for a dense red, but very smooth and present tannins compensated. The acidity is (a little too) discrete but flavors come to the rescue. The latter are rich and powerful, plenty of oaky spiciness and ripe red and jammy berry fruit last for quite long to the finish.
A very well-made wine with plenty of luscious ripe fruit and oaky goodness. Its spiciness and herbal tones lift all the flavors and make a more unique experience. Clean, quite concentrated and well-made, it provides a solid, good and modern expression of its terroir.
An enjoyable experience…