Cuvée J. S. Pons 2013, Domaine de la Perdrix, Côtes du Roussillon, France
This is a blend of Old Vine Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. After temperature-controlled fermentaion it spends one year in oak vats and then one year in bottle before release. It is silky smooth with flavours of black fruits and cocoa and hints of vanilla on the finish. It will repay cellaring for 3-5 years but is delicious now.