LVT 2011 r Big, sturdy, potent wine from Philippe Cambie and the Domaine des Escaravailles
LVT 2014 r 2014 wh 2014 rosé Good, sound reds, and very food-friendly whites that can age. Good Séguret red.
LVT 2014 r Younger generation adding finesse to the wines. Good balance in 2009, a hot year, is an example. The Gabriel Meffre descendants here.
LVT 2017 r A 14 hectare domaine acquired by the Sabon family of Domaine de La Janasse at Châteauneuf-du-Pape; first vintage 2015. There is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape red from 1.9 hectares, a Côtes du Rhône red and a Plan de Dieu Village red. The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape red was a ****(*) STGT wine. Fair quality on the Rhône/Villages for now.
LVT 2015 r Young grower, joined by his brother in 2011, near Violès, showed promise with both his wines, the Côtes [13.5 hectares] and the Plan de Dieu [7 hectares]. Traditional, manly style, full-on. Also have 3.5 hectares of Rasteau. Some of the wine is sold through Olivier Ravoire.
LVT 2017 r 2016 wh 2015 rosé Authentic wines, plenty of power off the Plan de Dieu. Son Julien, 31 yrs in 2015, has harvested in NZ, and has been on the domaine since 2009. New vineyards at Gigondas since 2009, at Rasteau since 2011 - steady quality in the latter. The Vacqueyras red, STGT in 2007 and 2011, was a gourmand **** wine in 2016.
LVT 2018 wh 2017 r A traditional domaine with some sound reds in the past. It has become a good name, even if some prices may be a little high, and is a blue blood of the vast, rolling Plan de Dieu. The domaine was started in 1920 by Casimir Barbaud, 18 hectares largely dedicated to mulberry trees, for the silk trade, and a small plot of vines. He built a cellar, and vinified his own harvest. His son Maurice took the domaine to the next level, with fruit and grapes. His son Jean-Paul took over in 1976, and concentrated on wine, first bottling the 1978 vintage. His daughter Céline started in 2010, and commenced organic practices in 2012, which became official in 2015. The proportion bottled is rising; there is 900 hl possible, with some of that sold in bulk.
The vineyards are in just two plots – 17 hectares at Violès for the Côtes du Rhône, and 8 hectares at Travaillan for the Plan de Dieu. The secret weapon here is the 1960s Mourvèdre, which serves the classic Plan de Dieu extremely well, giving it real quality. The other Plan de Dieu, Les Brigands, is over-oaked – two-thirds new.
The Côtes du Rhône range Les bons moments is the successful easy drinking selection of red, white and rosé. The 2018 white, 25% each Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Clairette blanche, was a ***(*) w.o.w. wine. There are two superior Côtes reds, the Grandes Terres in 2016 a **** V wine, up to Villages standard. Then there is the 100% mid-1930s Carignan called Carino Mio, made by macération carbonique – the **** 2017 fresh, attractive and correctly floral for a Carignan.
The family also have a cottage to let and a camping site.
LVT 2009 r 2010 wh I used to buy these in 1990s (from Justerinis, who no longer imprt them) - the two red Côtes du Rhônes. Well-structured, long-lived, authentic edge of the Plan de Dieu wines. Organic, real non-intervention approach. Then for some reason extraction became an issue. Jury out.
LVT 2015 r Robust, hearty reds, led by the Plan de Dieu
LVT 2015 r 2011 wh A big STGT runner. This is a domaine well worth investigating - full, genuine and punchy wines, really exemplary. Daniel Boulle is an ex Co-operateur. It has been organic and biodynamic since the late 2000s. The 2015 Plan de Dieu Vieilles Vignes red is a ****(*) wine, pre-bottling.
LVT 2010 r Traditional with a capital T. Started in 1912, have been bottling since 1952.
LVT 2017 r 2015 wh 2015 rosé A domaine I have known since the 1970s - genuine, hearty wines with real local stamp. The brothers now make a respectable Rasteau - **** in 2017 - as well as Cairanne red.
LVT 2016 r 2012 wh Traditional, robust, praiseworthy wines that beyond the Côtes du Rhônes include good Plan de Dieu red - a magnificent ****(*) STGT 2016 for example - and Vacqueyras, the latter a highly authentic STGT ****(*) wine in 2015 and in 2010, and also ****(*) in 2012. A name I have followed since the early 1970s.
LVT 2017 r 2012 rosé Quite a recent start-up; punchy red wines. Over four hectares of Gigondas as well, with a hearty red from there as well. Benjamin is the partner of Audrey Vidal of Domaine du Banneret at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and vinifies the Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape white, which was first made in 2015. His own Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape red favours ripeness over freshness.
LVT 2017 r 2012 rosé Good source of Gigondas, whose emphasis is on purity and clarity over power. The other wines are robust, having been a bit hot in the past. Son Laurent, now in early 40s, returned to the domaine in 2000 after a commercial job. The Daniels have a wide spread of vineyards.
LVT 2009 r Progress on the 2009 Plan de Dieu red. High Mourvèdre use unusual.