This is a blend of Syrah and Grenache from the South-West of France. Collioure is produced in the same region as Banyuls.
Collioure Coume Pascole 2003, Domaine de la Rectorie
A rich, warming nose of plums, pepper and herbs. This smells reasonably complex for such an affordable wine, even though the alcohol stands out a bit. The palate is warming too, but it also has very nice ripe fruit. The Syrah pepperiness is there too. The palate is also reasonably complex. It has a good long finish, although perhaps a tad warm right at the end. This wine is a lot of fun now, but I think it’ll easily hang around for a few years and mellow into something scented and charming.