92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The Grenache-dominated cuvee is the 2015 IGP Pays D'Oc Ex Arena, 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre brought up in stainless steel. It offers textbook Grenache notes of wild strawberries, blackberries and rose garden in its medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless personality. With ultra-fine tannin, gorgeous purity and no hard edges, it should drink nicely for 5-6 years, possibly longer."
"From sandy soils with deep marine deposits somewhere between the winery in Faugères and the coast. More than 85% Grenache with some Mouvèdre. 9,000 vines per ha. Unoaked.
Much more expressive 18 hours after opening with some real precision and charm. Much edgier than most Grenaches. This seems to reflect Brigitte Chevalier's desire to distinguish her wines from sheer mass. Impressive length and very slightly gamey topnote on the refined fruit. Well done. But be careful of serving this wine too warm. 16.5/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Ex Arena is Latin for “From the Sand,” an homage to the terroir from which this wine originates. Located in Corneilhan about 20km from the Mediterranean and at an elevation of 40m above sea level, Ex Arena is a blend of primarily Grenache, with a small addition of Mourvedre. The average age of these vines is 35 years old. The freely draining sandy soil is deep and rocky and was once an ancient beach eons ago – a terroir that results in extremely low yields from 10–20hl/ha.