Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #221 Oct 2015

(91-93)   –   2014 Les Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf du Pape
Made from mostly Grenache, yet with 25% Syrah and 12% Mourvèdre, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape comes from the terroirs of Les Bédines, Rayas and Cabrieres. There’s roughly 200 cases made and its healthy, semi-opaque purple color is followed by impressive notes of black raspberries, cassis, toasted spice, a hint of vanilla and spring flowers. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a sexy, forward profile, it should hit the ground running and drink nicely for at least 7-8 years. -JD

(91-93)   –   2014 Les Halos de Jupiter Gigondas
From higher elevation sites and mostly sandy and limestone soils, the 2014 Gigondas (88% Grenache and 12% Mourvèdre) saw no destemming and aging in neutral larger demi-muids. Like the Vacqueyras, it sports an inky purple color to go with classic Gigondas notes of crushed rocks, pepper, Provençal herbs and darker berry fruits. Structured, nicely concentrated and medium to full-bodied, it has bright acidity and enough tannin to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age. It’s one of the few Gigondas to have solid richness and depth on the palate.-JD

(89-92)   –   2014 Les Halos de Jupiter Vacqueyras
From an appellation that did surprisingly well in the vintage, the 2014 Vacqueyras is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah fermented with 100% whole clusters, and aged in older demi-muids for a year. Possessing one of the inkiest colors of any wine in the vintage, this beautiful wine gives up loads of ripe blackberry fruit, pepper and crushed violets. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with bright acidity (my only concern), it will probably be one of the few 2014s that will benefit from short term cellaring.-JD

(89-91)   –   2014 Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone
Possessing excellent depth and concentration in the vintage, the 2014 Côtes du Rhône from the team of Philippe Cambie and Michel Gassier is a terrific looking effort that has loads of dark fruits, pepper, and floral aromas and flavors, with medium to full-bodied richness and fine tannin that emerges on the finish. This has lots to love, has outstanding potential, and will drink nicely for at least 5-6 years.-JD

(88-90)   –   2014 Les Halos de Jupiter Costieres de Nimes
Incorporating more Grenache than the 2013, the 2014 Costières de Nimes checks in as a rough blend of 80% Grenache and surprisingly 20% Carignan. Its ruby/purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, charming, layered and textured 2014 that offers lots of mulled dark fruits, violets, pepper and Provençal herbs on the nose. Showing the pretty fruit and open knit style of the vintage nicely, it should drink nicely right from the get go.-JD

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