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We are proud to have been awarded the following

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General comments about the Sainte Rose

"Leaving cold, old Blighty to make wine in southern France was Charles and Ruth Simpson's best move.  Their estate has produced a terrific run of Top 100-approved wines..."

Jane McQuitty, The Times, 21st August, 2012

 

"Charles & Ruth Simpson, who are baised in the Languedoc, aim to produce clean-cut modern wines using New World methods, and succeed admirably."

John Wilson, Irish Times, 2nd April, 2011

"Neat and tidy set of well-made, well-packaged wines!"

Andrew Jefford, MW, 2nd January 2011

"Charles and Ruth Simpson left Blighty to make wine at their Languedoc Estate and almost every one has been a winner."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, 11th July, 2009

"Charles and Ruth Simpson bought this property in the Languedoc in 2002 and have made a range of well-conceived, modern reds and whites there, building up a following..."

Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com, May 2008

"...a gorgeous southern French property owned by an adventurous Brit couple."

Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail, September 2007

"This is a domaine that should be added to our list of Leading producers of the Languedoc Roussillon"

Jancis Robinson, MW, Purple Pages 2007

"Tasting whites like these, I think it's the Australians, not the French, who should worry."

Tim Atkin, The Observer, June17 2007

"Charles and Ruth Simpson have made a success of their move to the Midi as this Sainte Rose Le Vent du Nord and La Garrigue show."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, March 2007

" Since purchasing the estate in 2002, Charles and Ruth Simpson have created some amazing wines and are gaining accolades from around the world."

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, Waitrose Wine Direct, March 2007

"The most beautiful wines came from the Domaine de Sainte Rose with a first-class Roussanne (Barrel Selection), a very beautiful, polished and characterful chardonnay (Le Sirocco), in addition to a very convincing Syrah (Le Pinacle Syrah)."

www.wein-plus.de , July 2006

"I have to say that the overall quality of these wines is excellent. The Simpson's intent is clear from the moment you pick up one of their super heavyweight bottles in their stylish packaging, and the wines live up to the promise in the bottle. These are decidedly modern wines, with full extraction and plenty of oak in some cuvées, yet the expression of the gape varieties and terroir of the south is not lost."

Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 2005

"There's brilliant stuff to be had here and anyone not yet convinced should be pointed firmly in the direction of the likes of Domaine Sainte Rose......"

Berkmann Wine Cellars, 2003

"....the wines are smart and polished"

Simon Field, MW- Berry Brothers and Rudd, 2004

 

On ‘Les Montagnes et Mer’ (Sauvignon Blanc):-

"Presumably early picked to retain Sauvignon's distinctive aroma. It has the merest hint of that metallic side of Sauvignon than Francois Lurton seems to like so much but it is unmistakably Sauvignon and, thankfully, tastes bone dry. This would make a great aperitif on a hot summer's day. Despite the low alcohol, there is nothing wimpy about this wine. I like their policy of giving each varietal a strong name."

Jancis Robinson, Purplepages, July, 2011

 

"Excellent white with lemon based acidity given depth by a touch of Muscat."

Brian Elliot,  Scotland on Sunday, 14th November, 2010

On ‘Le Sirocco’ (Chardonnay):-

"From one of the cooler areas, this is an un-oaked version, but it certainly doesn't suffer as a result. There are lovely, pure peach fruits, cut through perfectly with a razor-sharp crispness. It is clean and appetising with an excellent intensity of flavour and a great finish for a wine at this price."

John Wilson, Irish Times- Wines of the Year 2011, 2nd December 2011

"...very impressed by the Sainte Rose Chardonnay.  This is an un-oaked version, but it certainly does not suffer as a result.  There are lovely, pure peach fruits, cut through perfectly with a razor-sharp, crisp edge.  It is clean and fresh with an excellent intensity of flavour, and a great finish for a wine at this price."

John Wilson, Irish Times, April 9th, 2011

"Very ripe white peach aromas – more ample than you might expect – with lots of freshness on palate. This easy-to-like wine should have quite a long life thanks to its concentration."

Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com , September 2007

"This one's a mystery, a Chardonnay that tastes like a cross between a Riesling and a particularly rich Sauvignon Blanc.  I served it one summer evening in the Languedoc and the visitors who like Sauvignon loved it, and so did I because it gave me the same pleasure- massively revitalising plus aroma- as Riesling"

Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com , September 2005

"If you have tasted the 2004(Le Sirocco), you will know just how good this wine is and, for my money, the 2005 is even better. Very definitely, the best un-oaked Chardonnay we know from this region."

Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, December 2006

"the mealliness and richness on nose and palate might fool many tasters into thinking this was a lightly-oaked wine, but in fact it is 100% un-oaked Chardonnay. There is nuttiness as well as succulent, sappy fruit on the nose, before a palate that is beautifully weighted between ripe, pineapple and tropical fruit, and a savoury, almond and cool pear quality. There is lovely fruit sweetness here and fine balance into a long, very creamy and composed finish. Leon Stolarski says "Brilliant value for money," and he is not wrong: this is excellent"

Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 2005

"...this is a really stylish wine!  Hints of nougat are countered by refreshing lemon crispness.  Perfect with salmon, ham, chicken and salads"

Mary Dowey, Irish Times, June 2004

"A textbook Chardonnay that will be used as a benchmark for a later Burgundy tasting"

Joseph Berkmann, MD Berkmann Wine Cellars, 2003

"A light, fruity, unoaked style but quite rich and smooth on the palate with a lovely fresh, citrussy finish."

David Dickenson, MD 3D Wines, 2003

"Palate is very good, excellent in fact. Rounded and smooth … and perfectly judged acidity. Really very good – no oak, letting the pure chardonnay fruit shine through …90/100 (outstanding)"

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2003

On ‘Le Vent du Nord’ (Roussanne/Chardonnay):-

Medal Winner in the 2010 International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.

May, 2010

"Honeyed creamy apricot fruits, crisp, light, Languedoc quaffer!"

Rose Murray Brown, The Scotsman, 8th August, 2009

Silver Medal Winner in the 2009 International Wine Competition.

May, 2009

"Light and lively and a little salty with a hint of cloves.."

Jancis Robinson, Purplepages, April 2009

 

"The Rhone is roussanne's home, where its heavy fruit and flavour can overwhelm, but further south in the Midi and lightened with chardonnay, the result is enticing, exotic peach and waxy fruit."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, March 2007

"A light gold colour with a floral toasty oak nose.  Soft, ripe aromatic fruit with integrated buttery oak flavours and a soft balancing acidity." Silver Medal Winner!

Silver Medal Winner, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2006

"Strong aromas of peach and pineapple. New World-Style nose with a rich buttery mouth feel and big, oaky flavours"

Jim Wilson, Purchasing Director, Berkmann Wine Cellars, 2003

"Soft, peachy aroma, smooth palate with nice balance and good length."

David Dickenson, MD 3D Wines, 2003

"We thought that the Le Vent du Nord 2002 was brilliant, I do hope you have some for us?"

Nigel Johnson-Hill, The Vintry, 2004

"Amazing wine, we sold out in the first week!"

Jean-Marc Mayart, Best Wine Invest, Belgium, 2003

"A blend of 60% Roussane and 40% Chardonnay, and one of the stars of the range. Ripe, toasty flavour, dry finish. Weighty palate enhanced by the high alcohol (14.5%). Delicious complexity of flavours – honeyed melons with a stone-based finish. "Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2003

"blends chardonnay and roussane grapes in a fresh, crisp and appealing package whose lemon-lime flavors are infused with elements of dried herbs and flowers and wet stones.  Made for mussels poached in white wine"

Fredric Koeppel, Grapevine, Memphis TN, 2004

On Le Marin Blanc- Marsanne/Roussanne/Viognier

"In a sensibly lighter bottle, this blend doesn't take itself too seriously yet offers a fine alternative to the more famous international varieties. Tangy yet quite substantial. Real flavour in this well made wine. Enjoy with or without food."

Jancis Robinson, Purplepages, July 2011

 

"Heady and rich and very opulent. Close your eyes and this could be a rather luscious Condrieu actually. Very persistent. Good value."

Jancis Robinson, Purple pages, June 2011

 

2011 International Wine Challenge Bronze Medal Winner!

2011 Decanter World Wine Awards- Commended!

 

"...a delicious sipping white with tangy, salty edges to its lemon fruit"

Andrew Jefford(Decanter), January 2nd, 2011

"A good dry white, part oak-fermented summer buffet bottle with tasty, oaky, Rhonesque flavours."

Jane Macquitty, Sunday Times, July 24th, 2010

Le Marin Blanc'(Marsanne /Roussanne / Viognier) featured on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen program Saturday- 22nd May, 2010. The host Olly Smith suggests pairing it with Cod cheeks, chorizo and chick peas!

 

On Le Pinacle Chardonnay:-

"Open & complex on the nose, showing aromas of browning butter, orange blossom, toffee-apple & pastry cream. Rich, peachy flavours, are complimented by citrus notes, a honeyed texture & some nutty development. A classy Chardonnay, where the oak's nicely integrated & the finish is long"

Neil Courtier, Grape Sense, November 2008

"Rich, buttery Vin de Pays d'Oc, with rich intense palate and good length.  Very good for a first vintage!"

Rose Murray Brown, MW- The Scotsman, 10th July 2004

"What a good Chassagne Montrachet should be at 1/3 of the price"

JP Bauermeister, Les Vins de la Collégiale, Switzerland 2004

"  An impressive aroma, nicely oaked and nutty.  The palate is rich and buttery with a good layer of melon fruit and a long, long finish.  If you like your chards big and oaky this is the fella for you- but a year or two down the line don't be surprised if more complexity develops and the oak subsides gently." Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2004

On the Barrel Selection Roussanne / La Nuit Blanche Roussanne:-

Decanter World Wine Awards Commended, 2013!

"This is fermented for one year in old French oak barrels and has 10 months barrel ageing.  Full but racy, it is a serious, structured, oily wine with a hint of tropical fruit and an attractive, slightly saline quality.  Quite tight, and firm on the palate; a food wine."  17pts/20 (4 Stars)

Decanter Magazine, February 2012

"The Simpsons have long made a speciality of their Roussanne and this the cream of their crop...fine herbal notes and just enough acidity to keep the wine refreshing. No-one could accuse them of overdoing the oak. Could be useful for educators demonstrating the variety."

Jancis Robinson, Purplepages, July 2011

Winner of a Top 100 IGPs of France 2011 Award!

2011 International Wine Challenge- Commended!

"A proper yellow colour, with enticing, mallowy scents and a long, vinous, mealy palate with flavours of honey, pollen, lemon and pineapple. Roussanne is one of my favourite white varieties, and it’s obviously happy in Thongue. ( I always liked previous vintages, too) " - 2009 BSR

Andrew Jefford (Decanter), 2nd January 2011

The Barrel Selection Roussanne 2008 gets a commendation in the 2001 Guide Hachette.

The Barrel Selection Roussanne 2008 gets selected in the Top 100 wines of the London International Wine Fair 2010 picked by The Wine Gang!

"...wines that will lead the way for this year's wine trends.  Unusual grape varieties will continue to amaze us.  This white has so much bravado that it can tackle roast chicken, roast pork and any fish dish.  There is oak, honeysuckle and mandarin throughout its heroic length."

Matthew Jukes, The Mail, 9th January, 2010

Domaine Sainte Rose La Nuit Blanche / Barrel Selection Roussanne features in the Decanter World Wine Awards publication.  "Floral aromatic buttery toast, hints of tropical fruit.  Clean fruit, soft, white flowers with a hint of well-integrated oak."

Decanter Magazine, October Issue.

"Impeccable wine with a creamy texture and a toasty edge.  ...Charles and Ruth Simpson have created this splendid winner in the Languedoc.  It is rich, toasty and peachy.  A glorious wine."

Olly Smith, The Mail, 1st August, 2009

Medal Winner in the 2009 International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

May, 2009

"...already well known by Times readers for it sub-£6 bottles.  These barrel-aged wines are worth paying extra for- this roussanne, a rhone variety, delivers all manner of exotic, burnt, buttery, peach and almost pepperminty spice."

Jane Macquitty's list of Top 100 Winter Wines, Saturday Times, December 6th, 2008.

The 2007 Barrel Selection Roussanne appears on 8th November, 2008 BBC's Saturday Kitchen. Some Quotes:

"Value is all about quality versus price...oozes quality and sophistication.  In a restaurant you're looking at £50". Michael Caines, Chef Gidleigh Park Hotel.

"The Balance is perfect; great value-for-money"  Daniel Galmiche, Chef Cliveden House and Forbury Hotel.

"I want a wine that compliments not dominates.  The Roussanne grape...gives these wonderful heady exotic aromas.  When you taste it you have this lovely expressive but also very elegant texture.  The oak in this wines gives a velvety richness".  Peter Richards, Wine Guru

 

"Leesy, fresh and complex with a whiff of Mediterranean herbs and spices." 89/100.

The Wine Gang, August, 2008

"...hit the spot.  Made from night-harvested grapes, this is a terrific, nutty, lemon and apricot-stacked, French oak-aged white of real distinction."

Jane Macquitty, The Times, June 14th, 2008

"Exciting herbal nose- quite a bouquet!" 

Jancis Robinson MW,  www.jancisrobinson.com , April 2008

"Made from the roussanne grape, this is full, ripe, honeyed and crammed with greengage, nectarine and lime notes, as well as boasting a very long finish.  It has enough oomph to handle both the pie and the roast- along with gravy, too."

Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail, April, 2008

"Shows power and restraint. The nose is discreet and floral. Perfume of rose, fresh pineapple and honey. This delicate structure is supported by a more oily texture with flavours of sugared almonds, yellow fruits and mild spices. This juice was carefully vinified and aged in oak barrels. We matched this wine with sparerib of pork and Pardailhan turnips." 16/20

Terre de Vins, February 2008

"...a spectacular and rare Roussanne from a gorgeous southern French property owned by an adventurous Brit couple.  This 100 per cent Roussanne is one of the year's most remarkable wines.  The utterly delicious honey, lime juice and pear and fruit is amazingly complex and ethereal.  Perfect with 'meatier' fish and richer, creamy sauces, this is an unmissable wine."

Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail, Sept, 2007

"Sainte Rose have quite a history of growing Roussanne – it used to be blended with Chardonnay in their Vent du Nord. Very creamy, flattering texture with a real spine of acidity, some ripe greengage flavours and real depth of flavour and persistence. There’s something distinctly verdant about this wine – followers of Ch de Beaucastel Blanc, Vieilles Vignes might be interested to see this junior version. The oaking has been done with a very gentle hand. Bravo!"

Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com , September 2007

Winner of the Roussanne Trophy in the 2007 Top 100 Vins de Pays of France. "Full-on toasty, buttery oak, hint of cedar. Textured, rich and complex with lemony, citrussy acidity giving a zesty lime finish."

Top 100 VDPs of France, 2007

"Showing the diversity of which France is capable.  Complex, honeyed, concentrated white with a dash of toasty oak and balancing citrusy freshness"

Anthony Rose, The Independent, July, 2007

"The biggest surprise in 2007(Top 100 VDPs) was the top whites.  The rich toasty, citrus-like 2004 Domaine Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne...is an amazing wine. Tasting whites like these, I think it's the Australians, not the French, who should worry."

Tim Atkin, The Observer, June 17 2007

 

Rich, creamy, exotic nose.  Juicy, tangy fruit on the palate with notes of mandarin.  Long, fresh and interesting.  Up to 2009!”

Decanter Magazine, March 2007

"An intense and oak-fermented southern French dry white with distinctive mineral undertones and lightly honeyed richness."

Anthony Rose, The Independent, January, 2007

"Rich, creamy, honeysuckle-like white with lovely balance."

Tim Atkin of The Observer Magazine "My wines of the year" 3/12/06

3rd Party Reviews On ‘La Vie en Rose":-

"A nice soft, easy drinking wine with crisp, pure flavours.  But a pleasant weight too that should accompany food well. " Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2004

 

 

On ‘Le Mistral’ (Merlot):-

"It has a deep purple appearance with an initial palate of complex black fruits, spice and hints of pepper leaving the palate with hints of chocolate and mocha.  The soft, ripe tannins make this an extremely enjoyable glass of wine.  Perfect with your Sunday roast.  "

Irish Times, November 2008

"Wonderfully plum jam nose and lots of crunchy young berry fruit. Very good acidity, a very serious wine."

Jim Wilson, Purchasing Director, Berkmann Wine Cellars, 2003

"Soft, plummy and quite rich with dark berry fruits and a touch of chocolate complexity coming through right at the finish"

 David Dickenson, MD 3D Wines, 2003

"Vibrant and very fruity … Palate has well defined tannins and … very good length. Quite rich with plenty of complexity, which can only develop with a year or two … 88/100 (excellent)"

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2003

 

On ‘La Garrigue’ (Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre):-

"Good-value stuff!  Herby, savoury and lightly pruny."

Bob Tyrer, Sunday Times Style Magazine, January 8th, 2012

"Attractive beaker of the warm south with some development and the herby insistence of a bouquet. Sweet and rich and only a tad animal. Lots of grunt here but no excess of oak or alcohol.  Nicely judged."

Jancis Robinson, Purplepages,July, 2011

"Impressed most with its carefully delineated herby-leathery scents - all very Languedoc. The palate was soft and savoury..."

Andrew Jefford(of Decanter), January 2011.

 

"...my vote goes to the latter's [Languedoc] strong, spicy, chocolate and black pepper-scented Domaine Sainte Rose La Garrigue."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times article "Switch to red if you're game", 15th August, 2009

"Charles and Ruth Simpson left Blighty to make wine at their Languedoc Estate and almost every one has been a winner. This Garrigue, named after the pine and herb-scented scrub of southern France, is made from the estate's mostly 50-year-old syrah and grenache grapes. Enjoy this gorgeous, hefty, peppery, garrigue-scented wine with barbecued red meats."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, 11th July, 2009

"Dark, meaty, flavour-filled blend....impressive!"

Joe Breen, Irish Times, June 2007

"Charles and Ruth Simpson have made a success of their move to the Midi as this Sainte Rose duo proves: this velvety red, a blend of syrah and grenache, is thick with full, ripe herby, peppery fruit."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, March 2007

"This d'Oc wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. It has an inky black colour and a spicy nose of cherry, thyme and herbs and a background of cedary, nicely judged oak and black plum fruit. On the palate it is fleshy and fruity, with plenty of crunchy and juicy blackberry and black cherry, and a softening note of sweet, damp earth and briarwood. It is crisp and fresh style of wine, though the makers suggest it will cellar for four or five years. Very good indeed."

TomCannavanwine-pages.com, 2005 

 

 

"A Syrah-Grenache-Carignan blend with some spice and supple fruit.  Ripe and rounded."

Rosemary George, MW, 100 Fantastic French Buys, Decanter Sept. 2004

"Softly rounded palate with fleshy fruit and well integrated tannins."

Rose Murray Brown, MW- The Scotsman, 10th July 2004

"A concentrated mouthful of dark fruit and spicy richness with a firm, dry finish.  Fans of red will love this intensely flavoured, characterful wine."

Mary Dowey, Irish Times, June 2004

"A tasty number from southern France's Languedoc, this is one of the best wines to have with grilled food; especially if you want to get fancy and grill up some rare lamb chops with lots of pepper and garlic.  Big fruit, a nose of Lavender and sage, and a spicy finish.  Worth every penny.......yum."

The cork board, Colorado, 2004

"La Garrigue is one of their top cuvées … and is one of the Languedoc’s shrewdest buys"

 

Berry Bros. & Rudd, www.bbr.com, 2003

"Up front crunchy grenache fruit leads to gently spicy palate with good mouth feel and decent length"

 

David Dickenson, MD 3D Wines, 2003

 

"A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan with 14% alcohol. A delicious array of aromas and flavours here – thyme and rosemary with baked fruitcake notes coupled with cherry and pepper. An upfront fruity softness finishing with a tannic burst. " Scribblings Rating - 90/100


Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2003

 

On Les Derniers Cepages- Mourvedre / Petit Verdot press quotes:

Decanter World Wine Awards-Bronze Medal, 2013

"Toasty oak nose with red fruit.  Youthful, vigorous, crunchy black fruit with firm tannins and chewy acidity."

Decanter World Wine Awards- Bronze Medal, 2011

2011 International Wine Challenge- Bronze Medal!

"My Favorite Red- Mourvedre: In the smokier style, there's the dark, sultry Les Derniers Cepages 2010, which is an unusual blend of late-ripening petit verdot and mourvedre; I'd dish up a lamb tagine with this one!"

Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 28th May, 2011

 

"A very unusual blend of Petit Verdot and Mourvedre that works perfectly.  Concentrated dark cherry and liquorice fruits, impeccably balanced and long in the mouth, this appealing wine is very keenly priced."

John Wilson, Irish Times, 2nd April, 2011

 

"Starry, 14 per cent winter red from two late-harvested varieties, oozing vibrant, spicy, red fruit flavours."- Star Buy

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, 11th December, 2010

"Charming red fruit and dark chocolate on the nose; juicy and forthright on the palate with a generous dose of French oak influence and grainy tannins.  Sweet and savoury; good stuff. "

Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages, September, 2010

 

On 'Le Soleil du Sud' (Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah):-

"Taking a leaf out of the Aussie book, the French prove that these two noble grapes can work wonders, and this time with massive power and chocolatey intensity.  Decant this wine, then sit back and soak up the action in the glass."

Matthew Jukes, 15th November, Daily Mail

"This wine combines the glossiness of cabernet with the spiciness of Syrah- qualities that make it a great partner to grilled meat.  Made in the Languedoc by a British Couple, Charles and Ruth Simpson, it's a great example of the new generation of beautifully-made, world-class wines that are being made in the South of France".

Giles Kime, Sunday Telegraph, June 1st, 2008

"...wines of the quality of the aromatic, smooth and richly blackcurranty 2006 Soleil du Sud!"

Anthony Rose, The Independent, March 2008

"An attractive and harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with structure but good ripe fruit in the middle. Fine tannins promise a longish life. "

Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com , September 2007

"Another Vin de Pays d'Oc, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. Very fine nose, where the immediate impression is of soft, sweet berry fruits, with masses of blackcurrant and bramble, and an undertow of vanilla and toast. On the palate the wine is spicy and mouth-filling, with a roughening edge of damson and plum-skin fruit, good ripeness, and quite a big, slightly raw, oaky finish. There is power and depth here..."

Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 2005

 

"Again, very dark – semi opaque. The nose displays classic, leafy, minty Cabernet character (the germoline will take over soon!) combined with the herby garrigue and violet of the Syrah. The palate delivers beautifully soft, ripe fruit flavours of bramble and blackcurrant, with some bitter chocolate on the finish. The oak is very well-integrated and there is a pronounced acidity, providing lovely balance – big alcohol, but quite refreshing. I actually wasn’t keen on this, to begin with, but it has really grown on me. Superb wine-making from a difficult year, and one of the best 2002’s I’ve tasted."

Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, 2005


"The ‘Southern Sun’ is a blend of selected Cabernet and Syrah grapes with an alcohol level of 14%. Superb concentrated aroma – deep blackberries with a sprinkling of spice and lighter touches of blackcurrants. The flavours here are superb with a richness harnessed with forceful but refined tannins and hints of tomato, chocolate and plum. Should develop well over the next couple of years but is still fruity and highly drinkable. Notes ended with ‘bloody gorgeous’ and it is! " Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2003

On Le Pinacle Syrah:-

The infamous 2011 Guide Hachette highly recommends the Domaine Sainte Rose Le Pinacle Syrah 2008, giving 2 out of 3 stars!

The infamous 2008 Guide Hachette highly recommends the Domaine Sainte Rose Le Pinacle Syrah 2005, giving 2 out of 3 stars!  "This vintage climbs to new summits.  On the nose, perfumed black berries meet sweet spice and finely measured oak.  Ample and round with accents of vanilla."

Guide Hachette, 2008

"Quite exceptionally dark purplish crimson. Yes, Very Syrah: leather and tar and the ripe canon of luscious marinaded game. Very New World and open and fair bit obvious and jagged rather than typically Languedoc but very successful in that idiom. Massive alcohol is pretty obvious but the acidity and tannins are not obtrusive. This should have a long life and could already be enjoyed."

Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com , September 2007

 

"Dense, complex - notes of blackberry, morello cherry, liquorice & spice. Classic Syrah - intense, pure fruit expression, with impressive structure & the oak & tannins knitting in nicely. The luxurious mouthfeel calls for slow-cooked meat casseroles & hard cheeses, like mature Gouda or a farmhouse Red Leicester. "

Neil Courtier, Grape Sense, October 2007

"A rich, smoky and spicy bramble nose.  Sophisticated perfumed bell pepper and violet fruit with elegant ripe tannins.  Supple, mineral and classy."Commended!

Andrew Jefford, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2006

"100% Syrah from the d'Oc, this wine is a careful selection of Syrah vineyard parcels, hand-picked and vinified for one year in French and American oak. It is dramatically dark and has a lovely nose, where finely seasoned berry fruits and chocolate intermingle with little camphor and floral notes, plenty of exotic, sandalwood spice and warming vanillin. On the palate the concentration and structure of the juicy, lithe Syrah fruit pushes through the mid-palate, with a sweep of smoky oak, ripe, chocolaty tannins and cherry-skin acidity adding lots of complexity. The fruit in this wine seems much better matched to the oak, and Domaine Sainte Rose's suggestion of five or six year's cellaring seems reasonable. A great wine from a moderate year this one, and very good indeed/excellent."

Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 2005


"Deep purple. Intense velvet and plum fruit. Rich, dark concentrated, tight tannin, controlled oak. Up to 2 years." Bronze Medal Winner!

Andrew Jefford, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2004


"The best syrah based wine I have tasted from the 2002 vintage"

JP Bauermeister, Les Vins de la Collégiale, Switzerland 2004

"Our star wine for March is the superb Domaine Sainte Rose Pinacle Syrah.  But I am not going to tell you about this.  I can't see how the deep, deep colour or the spice led mulberry nose could possibly be of interest.  The palate, gloriously rich, with lightly peppered, every lasting blackfruit flavours, with a good tannic structure and well balanced acidity is really not for you.  No, this wine is far, far too good to drink.  Far, far too good to share and should happily reside in my cellar for a good few years, thank you very much.  So move along to the next wine please and leave all this for me!" Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Andy Barrow, http://www.andys-scribblings.co.uk/, 2004.