This is fantastic. It’s a blend of seven different grape varieties (Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Counoise, Grenache Noir, Terret Gris), made without any oak. And it manages to catch an almost Burgundian precision and elegance, with a natural, unadorned purity to the fruit. This is the sort of southern French red that I love.
Gravillas Sous Les Cailloux des Grillons 2008 Vin de Pays des Cotes de Brian, Languedoc, France
13% alcohol. Very attractive dark fruits (black cherry, blackberry) nose with a savoury twist. Notes of earth, herbs and a tiny touch of roast coffee. The palate is dense, savoury and spicy with fresh dark fruits and good acidity. Quite grippy with a dry finish. A very natural tasting wine with real savoury appeal. 91/100 (£12.35 Green & Blue here)
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