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Consolation 'Juliette' Roussanne 2018

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If, like us, you are no stranger to daydreaming about packing everything up, loading it into the back of the car and heading to the south of France to purchase your ideal estate, then Coume del Mas is the one for you! Water feature in the driveway: check.Unknown but attractive vegetation growing up the walls: check.Extravagant plant pots: check.Outbuilding for when the in-laws come: check.World-class winery attached: check.Our old friend, Andy Cook, makes the Consolation range here – he definitely landed on his feet!

Picked ripe and handled reductively to retain varietal aromas and freshness, this 14% alcohol VdP Côtes Catalanes was barrel fermented partly in new oak. There's a honeyed note to the stonefruit aromas in this wine, with peach and nectarine, but overlaid by soft cashew and delicate herbs and spices. On the palate it has that hint of sweet fruit richness, but there is so much underripe apple and lemon peel acidity and grip that the overall impression is dry and savoury. This is a smooth, leesy, full-textured wine with plenty of old vine concentration that is remininscent somewhat of the Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes, and like that wine is more about power than delicacy.

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