Nearly as great as the Fleur, the 2016 Rasteau Cuvee Confiance is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Raspberry and mint notes appear on the nose, followed by a full-bodied, rich, velvety wine with a never-ending finish. Despite the incredible richness and concentration, the wine remains fresh and fragrant, lithe and agile, turning silky and lingering. It's another tremendous effort from the Romero family. Founder André Romero is in semi-retirement, having passed the reins to his son Frédéric, but he still managed to come by the winery during my visit to check up on things. The trend here is toward using more foudres for the élevage, with Stockinger the preferred supplier. According to Frédéric, the 40-hectoliter size works best, the 12-hectoliter size is "OK," and demi-muids are "too small." As the work revolves largely around super ripe Grenache, one of the requirements is to maintain freshness, so this philosophy makes sense. In addition to the 2016s and 2017s, we tasted several back vintages. While the 2008 (reviewed this issue) is nearing the end of its life, wines from stronger vintages, like the 2007 Fleur de Confiance (rated 96 points in Issue 229) and the 2010 Cuvée Confiance (95, this issue), are in no danger of tipping over. (JC)
Violets, liquorice, blackberry fruits and raspberry leaf on the nose. It has a smooth, seamless palate, with tannins that are certainly present and ripe, but so fine as to be almost imperceptible on the tongue. There's real intensity here, with a long, gently vibrant finish. Drinking Window 2018-2022. (MW)
Based on Grenache (there’s some Syrah and Mourvèdre in the blend) aged in foudre, the 2016 Rasteau Cuvée Confiance offers a more elegant, medium to full-bodied style that’s going to age beautifully. Terrific notes of cedar wood, dried garrigue, and ample red and black fruits all flow to a medium to full-bodied, silky Rasteau that has building tannins and impressive depth of fruit. It has a good 10-15 years ahead of it.
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