This is an inexpensive Vin de Pays, 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, that I have enjoyed immensely in past vintages--2001, 2004 and 2005. It comes from old, low yielding vineyards right near the Vieux Chene winery on the Plan de Dieu.
Since the 2007 vintage is highly regarded, I bought this wine with great expectations that have yet to be fulfilled. Although there is nothing wrong with the ripe raspberry/cherry aromas and flavors, the wine goes down a bit too easily. It's a bit lacking in the garrigue, spice and black pepper elements that usually give the wine structure and interest. When this bottle had been opened for a day or two, some of these traits began to appear so I haven't totally given up on my expectations. I'll come back to Cuvee Friande next Fall or Winter.