Calmel & Joseph Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011 14%
Typical blend - Grenache Syrah and Carignan
A fine mix of red and black berry fruits with an undercurrent of clay-like soil suggestions, moderate oak and whole berry freshness, moderate complexity.
On the palate - dry+ with gritty yet balanced medium+ tannins and acidity; plenty of red and black fruit flavors, pepper and plum. Plenty of charm and masculinity with a lengthy finish and moderate complexity. Well made.
Calmel & Joseph Faugeres 2011 14%
Typical blend - Syrah (50%) Grenache Carignan
A clam earthiness prevails this wine with a gentle peppery note and clay-like earthy quality; Moderate + red and black fruits and mild oak suggestions; hint of meatiness.
On the palate - dry with black and red fruits flavors; there is an herbal/green note on the finish that I find distracting and un-balances the wine with a slightly bitter finish.
With this in mind I would suggest a powerful wild meats country-style stew to soak away all the power in the wine and reveal its softer more charming side.
Calmel & Joseph Saint Chinian 2011 14%
Typical blend - Syrah (60%) Grenache Carignan
Quite Rhone-like in the bouquet with red and black fruits, a layer of plum and red meats, mild peppery spices and sandy, rocky soil undertones.
On the palate - dry with lots of spiced plum, cherry and light black fruit suggestions; medium tannins with a peppery edge; there's a cigar box/tobacco note that I find appealing; a gentle herbal side as well; overall a well made wine, balanced and an example that could be enjoyed easily with or without food.