One of my favorite Rasteaus out there is the Les Esqueyrons cuvee from Grand Nicolet and their 2014 Rasteau les Esqueyrons is a terrific wine in the vintage. Made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah, with the Grenache aged in tank and the Syrah in barrel, it’s a medium to full-bodied, elegant Rasteau (which is becoming more and more common for the appellation) that offers textbook notes of dark berry fruits, dried garrigue and earth. It has no hard edges, solid concentration and a supple finish, all suggesting it will drink nicely for at least 7-8 years.
Located in Rasteau, Domaine Grand Nicolet is run by Jean-Pierre Bertrand, with consulting advice from Philippe Cambie. There are terrific wines across the board, and this estate is certainly in the top tier of Rasteau producers.
Score: 92 points -- RobertParker.com