Domaine la Suffrène

The youthful looking Cedric Gravier celebrates 20 years at the domaine this year – a party is planned and it’ll be richly deserved. Firstly because he’s a terrific guy and secondly because the quality is just fabulous right now. In his own words, Cedric is ‘confident and at ease with himself’. Last year, the Suffrene rosé was a mere whisker away - quality-wise - from Tempier and this year is no different. The Campari-bitters fruit of the 2014 pink is slightly softened - by the generosity of the 2015 vintage - into the refreshing tang of orange quarters, those we would slurp and chew at half time in school rugby matches! Likewise, the 50:50 Clairette and Ugni Blanc blend (there’s no Sauvignon Blanc folks, although I always say there is …there once was) is a gem. Deep and complete but there’s a real unforced concentration to the pineapple-fresh fruit. Cedric said the grapes were so beautiful that the sorting table was redundant and that health and vitality of the vintage shines through. Yes, the 2015 Suffrene range has an extra dollop of downright likeability, the hallmark of this glorious Provençal year.