Jean-Marc Espinasse is an irresistible character. Impossibly good-looking, with a talented literary American wife Kristin to match, he had little difficulty in persuading us to take on the wines of his new domaine just east of Orange. They are lusty, honest and vivid, showing a quality that belies the relative modesty of their appellation. Our confidence that you would embrace them as exemplars of an increasingly rare authenticity in a world of vinous artifice has been amply borne out. The production is completely organic, and involves many biodynamic practices. Jean-Marc is a tireless advocate for his wines and they have quickly garnered high critical acclaim. Ever restless, he has bought a domaine in Bandol and sold a controlling share of Rouge-Bleu to a Franco-Australian couple, Caroline and Thomas Jones, who have thus far shown great aptitude and flair in their vinous efforts.