The notes I have put together over time talk of soft wines, ripe, velvety, fine tannins etc. Any comment appreciated?
Not a problem Bob, pleasure to help out if I can (I actually appreciate that it keeps me revising and learning myself - so thank you). As for your notes, they sound pretty accurate to me. The region certainly has the heat in summer to make very ripe wines, but I think it's the cooler nights that allow the tannins and acids to make it a balanced wine. I would ask at what age most of these drinks were? as the the tannins would certainly soften if the wines had a few years on them as well.
One last note on this is that winemaking plays a large part (preaching to the knowledgeable here) and in a region such as the Pyrenees winemaker's will bounce ideas and practices off each other and even help each other out regularly. I wouldn't be surprised if all your wines from this area had a large influence from one or two important winemaker's from the region.