Made from 50- to 100-year-old vines, the 2017 Rasteau Cuvee Confiance is a foudre-aged blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It shows more freshness than the younger-vine cuvées, featuring raspberry and garrigue notes on the nose. Still full-bodied and rich on the palate, it adds hints of chocolate on the long, velvety finish. Tasted twice (once blind), with generally consistent notes, although one bottle was a bit more chewy-tannic than the other.
94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 245 - Oct 2019)
Another terrific wine from this benchmark estate is the 2017 Rasteau Cuvée Confiance. Based on 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, raised all in foudre, it offers powerful notes of blackcurrants, ground herbs, garrigue, and peppered meat. Medium to full-bodied, it stays nicely polished and elegant on the palate, with fine tannins and outstanding purity. It’s a beautiful wine that’s already drinking nicely yet will keep for a decade.
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sep 2019)
This is a big, brawny blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre packed with concentrated black plum and crème de cassis flavors. It's a glossy, decadent sip but subtle shadings of crushed green olive and herbes de Provence lend complexity. In its youth, the finish is tightly packed with tannins, but this is a wine that should improve well through 2030.
92 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2020)