Wine Spectator review: 92 points - Shows some maturity already, with singed spice and gently mulled cherry, raspberry and plum fruit flavors, framed by light vanilla and cedar threads on the finish. Drink now through 2025.
Right up the middle stylistically, this blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre is garnet red with a gorgeous nose redolent with smoky, spicy cherry/raspberry notes enveloped in meaty, gamey purple florals. It lands on the palate with real depth and dimension, featuring gobs of peppery raspberry, cedar and roasted vanilla notes that get real traction with just a bit of air. From a weight perspective, this CDP lands somewhere in-between a full bodied CA Pinot and Napa Cabernet, and is sure to please just about any red wine drinker. Immensely pleasurable, imminently age-worthy and collectible.
The parcels that produce the Domaine des Sénéchaux red wine are south and south-west facing and composed of quartzite pebbles. Vines are planted on three distinct soil types: pebbly clay-limestone, deep sandy soils and molasses-safre sandstone.
Close pruning, plowing, organic fertilizers, de-leafing... Under the responsibility of Bernard Tranchecoste, the technical team at the Domaine des Sénéchaux maintain the 24 hectares of vines with meticulous care and attention. Yields are restricted to 30 hectolitres/hectare.