In 2010 Trevor (my father-in-law) and I drove down to Villes-sur-Auzon for a short holiday. Villes is a charming French village east of Carpentras with fine views of Mt. Ventoux. The village has a co-op and this wine came from there, about €10. This is their ‘prestige’ wine – designer label and really heavy bottle. ‘Caver’ is a regional word meaning to dig for truffles. A 50-50 mixture of Grenache and Syrah from old vines, with 30% of the wine spending 10 months in new barrels. I couldn’t detect much tannin though. On the nose the wine had the typical Ventoux ‘jammy’ aroma, which I don’t much like. However the taste was different, even atypical, being rich and deep with quite a lot of damson like fruit. An easy wine to drink (13.5%), even without food and pretty good for a cooperative.
[Geoff: Deep red, slight purple. Nose a mix of damsons and spice. Firm bodied, and fruity drying to a long finish. Not a clumsy wine but well structured and made. Not a classic, but great with a strong flavoured dish.]