Francoise Roumieux Cote du Rhone, 2019, 750ml
As the head of prestigious Châteauneuf house Vignobles Mayard, Françoise Roumieux has emerged as one of the most forward-thinking figures in the Southern Rhône. Her marvelous Côtes du Rhone—grown on 30-year-old organically farmed vines from two villages, hand-harvested, and vinified with minimal intervention—boasts outstanding quality.
A dense and concentrated dark ruby color with a hint of magenta. The nose reveals deep red fruit accented by grilled rosemary, black pepper, and violets, with hints of green tobacco and chocolate. The mouthfeel is broad, with plenty of blackberry preserves, dark spice, and gorgeous tannins leading to a long finish. It’s a bold, rich, and balanced Rhône blend. Drink now–2028.