Domaine Fournier Longchamps

Feather-light but with amazing depth and richness of flavour, with grapefruit marmalade, rose petal, honey, quince and pear. Plenty of botrytis, amazing complexity teamed with aerial freshness and perfect balance. Incredibly drinkable, but so wonderfully rich. It's sweet, but that's the last thing on your mind.

Domaine Gourt de Mautens

A co-planted blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picardan, Piquepoul Blanc, Piquepoul Gris, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grown in Rasteau terroir, bottled as IGP Vaucluse. Natural yeasts, fermented in old demi-muid and foudre, bottled unfiltered. Curious nose; fresh, citrusy, slightly waxy, floral notes. Touch of reduction. Full-bodied, acidity on the low side, but real depth and expansive fruit on the mid palate and finish, ending with slightly warming alcohol, but is nonetheless delicious. Distinctly textural, with a tiny patina of superfine tannin. A fine, complex, textural, fresh and beguiling wine.

Domaine Gourt de Mautens

Already aromatically open and expressive, with black pepper and juniper married with liquorice, raspberry, plum and garrigue herbs. It's full-bodied, but so lively and expressive, with keen, firm acidity, a fairly grand tannic structure and a powerful, grippy finish. Long, powerful, assertive. Very well-balanced, very fine in tannin and structure, powerful and vibrant. The alcohol is of course towards the punchy, but it doesn't taste unbalanced. Just outrageously good.

Le Vieux Donjon

Lovely harmonious nose, detailed berry fruits and an underlying dry herbal element. Medium to full body, bright acidity and agreeably dense, but finely fibrous tannins. Mineral edge brings balance and length. Very well balanced, almost unassuming in a way, but deeply authentic, savoury and - crucially - a highly drinkable style of Chateauneuf that will age with interest.

St Jean du Barroux

Lavender, plum, damson, all lifted by a jot of VA. Full-bodied, mouthcoating fruit and fine, but muscular, tannins. Very long indeed. The finish is gently warming but the fruit is very fresh, and it's nonetheless delicious.