Biodynamic rouge. Bout d’Zan references the nickname of Hélène Thibon’s father (Zan) in his childhood. So this wine is the “goal of Zan”. Hélène’s dad earned his nickname from a brand of liquorice whose old advertising we reference above. The wine comes from 35-year-old biodynamically managed vines rooted in a range of highland soils – some galets roulés (rolled alluvial ‘pudding’ stones), some sandy clay, and some lower-lying limestone parcels. The 2016 blend is roughly 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, co-fermented (Hélène’s father told her: “the earlier you consummate the marriage the better the relationship”!). Just under half of the blend is aged for nine months in Stockinger foudre, while the remainder is raised in cement vats and stainless steel tanks. This is a wildly perfumed and seductive wine and is simply amazing value. There is plenty of juicy, red berry and macerated plum aromas, as well as some garrigue, and this leads to a palate that is packed with energy and layers of dark cherry and pure cacao fruit framed by very fine tannins. There’s load of flavour but also high country freshness and finesse.