LVT 2015 r 2015 wh Good, reliable address at Grignan. Pretty stylish whites, with the 70% Syrah 2015 Serre de Courrent a **** wine when tasted pre-bottling
LVT 2016 r 2016 wh The best domaine in the previously blighted Tricastin, now Grigan appellation, good winemaking, mature vines, good stony soils, a rare trio for here. The 2015 Grignan white, Les Dames Blanches du Sud was an elegant ***(*) wine entirely suited to the aperitif, the 2016, also ***(*), more textured and suited to la table, while both 2015 Tradition and Vieilles Vignes were very good - the former ***(*), the latter a delicious **** wine.
LVT 2016 r 2016 wh 2016 rosé Jean-Luc Monteillet's father was a Co-operateur at the Cave de Richerenches, in good black truffle country. He is the third generation in wine, and started his cellar in 1987. This is absolutely a top name at Grignan, with those wines often right up to the standard of Côtes du Rhônes. There is a good level of quality across the board, and the Vinsobres is worth noting as well.
The 2015 Grignan Secret de Terroir red was an STGT ***(*) wine, and the 2016 a **** VALUE wine, while the 2016 Grignan Gourmandises red was a ***(*) w.o.w. wine. The white Grignan can be excellent. The Grignan Viognier, planted in 1988, is now nicely mature, and this shows in the wine: the 2015 was a genuine ***(*) wine, the 2016 also ***(*). The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Caprices red was **** wine, while the 2015 Grignan Gourmandises rosé was a splendid, very appealing **** wine, and great VALUE.
LVT 2011 r A good Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhone from 1920s Grenache. Connections to Domaine Autrand
LVT 2013 r Since 1999, when it was bought from the Tricastin pioneer Pierre Labeye. 40 hectare vineyard, 40 years old. Clean, clear wines.
LVT 2018 r 2017 wh Laurent is the fourth generation, his great-grandfather rearing sheep, his grandfather Louis working vineyards at Roussas. His parents planted more vineyards at Roussas, and sold the crop to the Co-operative La Suzienne. His father’s approach was not at all organic. Laurent has been on the domaine, making the wine, since 2004. It has been organic since 2004, biodynamic since 2011. In 2012 Laurent bought vines at Saint Restitut, where his mother Mireille’s family also owned vineyards. There are now 20 ha at Roussas and 13 ha at Saint Restitut, along with 20 hectares given to hay production for the cattle of a neighbour – there is a swap of hay for the compost that is applied to his vineyards. Until 2019 half the wine was sold as Grignan, half as Vin de France; from 2019 all wines are Vin de France. There has been good purity in the fruit. I favour the steel vat raised wines over the oaked wines. It's a prominent address at Grignan, but the most recent wines have not been winners.
LVT 2016 r 2012 rosé The Domaine Vergobbi set up by brothers Jean and Georges Vergobbi, Pieds-Noirs from Algeria, is now in the hands of the Baron D’Escalin enterprise. The Vergobbi name has been retained for two reds and the rosé. The 2015 Grignan Esprit d’Escalin red was a classy **** wine based on 70% Syrah, while the 2016 Grignan Baron d’Escalin red was a fat ***(*) wine.