2017 Saint-Roch Chimeres Cotes du Roussillon Villages

I have this wine in other years; it’s great stuff. This one tastes a bit different, however, perhaps because of the blend change; it went from 70% Grenache to 40%, with more Syrah and Carignan to keep it company. To relate just how good it is, here’s what Jeb Dunnuck – widely regarded as the best Rhone wine critic – wrote about the wine in April 2019: “Coming from Maury and a blend of 40% Grenache and 30% each of Carignan and Syrah, the deep-purple-colored 2017 Chimeres is a sensational wine in every sense. Kirsch, blueberries, blackberries, crushed rocks, and violet notes all flow to a full-bodied, pure, layered 2017 that’s packed with character, yet stays pure, focused, and perfectly balanced. This cuvée . . . comes all from black slate soils. Buy a case and drink it over the coming 4–6 years. 93 points" I bought mine about two months ago and paid $15 per bottle. The word is now well out, however, meaning it’s available from fewer retailers and for more money; about $17 per bottle . . . still super cheap for a wine like this. Gorgeous!

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