2018 Domaine Roucas Toumba Les Grands Chemins Grenache Blend
The distinctive clay and sand dominated soils of Roucas Toumba's hometown of Vacqueyras gives an identity substantially different from that of popular neighbours Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wines here are perhaps a little more elegant, with more focus on primary fruit and, in the best examples, finesse and real harmony.
The Les Grands Chemins is 50% Grenache and 40% old vine Carignan, with 10% Syrah. It retains a lovely bright colour, with fresh, delicate, lifted aromas. The palate is fruity and spicy with attractive hints of ‘garrigue’ spice.
Again in 2018 this remains outstanding value with more immediate drinking pleasure than many wines at far higher prices.