2018 Mas Des Volques – Duche d’Uzes Volcae Red – $28.95 per bottle – six packs.
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck.
“Tasted out of bottle, the 2018 Duche D’Uzes Volcae takes some air to show at its best, revealing a ruby/purple, almost opaque hue to go with beautiful blackberries, raspberries, smoked earth, ground pepper, and bouquet garni-like nuances. These carry to a medium to full-bodied wine with ripe, silky tannins, flawless balance, and just a pure, balanced, undeniably delicious style. It’s going to evolve positively for 2-3 years and hold for 7-8. It’s well worth seeking out. Hats off to proprietor Nicolas Souchon and consultant Philippe Cambie.”
“The Duche D’Uzes Volcae is 40% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 25% Carignan that was 75% destemmed and is aging in a mix of tank and French oak, 15% new. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and flawlessly balanced, It’s a beauty.” Jeb Dunnuck.
The 2018 Vintage: 2018 continues the Rhône’s astonishing run of fortune with this fourth consecutive high-class vintage.
This high quality spans all appellations, somewhat surprising for a region that covers almost 150 miles. Despite a challenging growing season, there are some excellent wines from both the North and South. However, vignerons might lament the 2018 vintage due to the tiny crop it yielded but this small quantity of wine however is of exceptional quality.
Picture above: Vigneron Nicolas Souchon