The medium to deep ruby colored 2017 Claude's Cuvée is mainly Syrah, blended with smaller amounts of Grenache, Mataro and Carignan. It was made with 41% whole cluster and aged 22 months in 70% new oak. It has an appealingly "cool climate" perfume of white pepper, mint chocolate, blackcurrants, fresh violets and a core of blackberries and blueberries. The medium to full-bodied palate is elegant, super fresh and restrained, with a grainy frame and still tightly wound finish. This is lovely! Give it another year or two in bottle.
Rating : 94+