“Unusually for the southern Rhône, this is majority carignan, from grapes grown by a Châteauneuf producer in Plan de Dieu, between Vacqueyras and Cairanne.”
“Or the jammy spice of Domaine Rimbert's 2005 Berlou from Saint-Chinian, a blend of carignan, syrah, grenache, and mourvedre that conveys intense berries and pepper without being heavy on the palate.”
“Taste the exotic fennel, vanilla, and almond flavors woven through the carignan blanc a white grape rarely seen unblended from the Coteaux du Libron in Roussillon.”
“It's syrah/carignan/grenache; the same property's mostly syrah "Trassegum" cuvée 2005 £12.50 is, likewise, seriously brooding, concentrated stuff.”
“This is its top cuvée: a big, powerful syrah/carignan/grenache blend, it overflows with sweet, spicy fruit.”
“A blinding blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and carignan, you'll notice a little sweetness around the edges of the ripe blue black fruit aromas from the time in barrel.”
“On the palate the wine lazily rolls across the tastebuds leaving their mark from each variety - there's blackcurrant from the cab, blueberry from the carignan and bold spice from the syrah, all held together by the softly-spoken merlot.”
“Blends often include percentages of mourvèdre, occasionally carignan and a splash of viognier - a white grape that is co-fermented with the reds.”
“This is the odd man in the group, a seemingly simple country wine Vin de Pays de Hauterive that rides the flavor border between Bordeaux and the Rhône with a mix of merlot, cabernet, carignan and grenache.”
“His passion for the grape shines through in this fine Côtes-du-Rhône 65 per cent grenache, the balance syrah and carignan, brimming with warm, sweet fruit and supple tannins.”
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