One of the successful Southern Rhône 'Crus', Rasteau tends to produce earlier-drinking wines that mirror Châteauneuf-du-Pape in style from a Grenache Noir base. From 2010, its reds (also largely blended with Mourvèdre and Syrah) could be labelled as Rasteau, whereas its whites and rosés are still Côtes du Rhône-Villages. Jean-Pierre Meffre and his son-in-law Christian-Yvès Carré de Lusançay are pretty consistent with their wines from a number of locations around their Domaine St Gayan cellar in Gigondas. Their Rasteau is a step up in quality from Côtes de Rhône and CDR-Villages. Blended from 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, it is sleek and sensuous and drinks well from release on its ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with supple tannins.