Biodynamic. This bohemian Ardeche Domaine has found yet another gear of late, and their Côtes du Rhône Bout d’Zan has become an unmissable buy. It’s drawn from 35-year-old biodynamically managed vines rooted in a range of highland soils. The blend is roughly 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, co-fermented. Raised in a mix of Stockinger foudre and cement vats, it’s a joyously perfumed, spicy Rhône red. Raspberry, rosemary and sage notes, a juicy palate that’s medium-to-light bodied, and a long, sappy, fragrant and very refreshing close. Do not hesitate.
Shiny red robe; the bouquet has a little heart to it, is rounded, on plum, cooked red berry fruit. It holds well, has some scope. The fruit takes off attractively on the attack, comes with a squeezy, appealing texture and presents a little foundation at the end, continues well, the close fresh. This is wine for la table, a strong ***(*).” John-Livingston Learmonth, drinkrhone.com