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The Wines

80% Grenache (1960s-early 2000s), 5-10% Syrah, 3-10% Cinsault, 5-7% Carignan (early 1980s), smattering of Cabernet Sauvignon, 65-80% from 11 hectares at Caromb, 20-35% from 4 hectares at Châteauneuf (mid-1980s, alluvial soils) on the route de Roquemaure, west of the village, all hand harvested, destemmed, 2-3 week concrete vat vinification, after malolactic fermentation aged large 30-60 hl barrels 6 months, unfined, filtered, “our bistrot wine with a slice of saucisson”, first wine 1998, 50-60,000 b

2018 ()

bright red. Cherry fruit springs out well off the nose; it has the nice, uncomplicated nature of 2018 - go for it. The palate bears joli, live red fruits, raspberry, continues well, has dash, drinkability, with the body for grills, bang on the mark there. There’s a touch of firmness on the close – it can soften that in the next months. 14°. €11. To 2023 Oct 2019

2017

(tank, bottling this week) steady red colour. Rather fragrant red fruit, red berry, raspberry airs. The palate drinks gently, has refined tannins, a good stretch of them with their pebbly texture. Neat drinking here, not overdone. It’s on the go now. 14°. To 2022. Oct 2018

2016 ()

very bright red robe. Red fruits with spice leap out of the glass, have a good and pure tone, herbes de Provence attached. This drinks well, offers good, suave inner content, red fruits with some good life, mild squeezy tannins at the end. It’s nice and forthcoming, a frank wine that offers a good stream of fruit, can develop further. 14°. Bottled end July 2017. “It has joli clear fruit,” Daniel Brunier. 2022-23 Oct 2017

2015

clear red robe. The nose is jaunty, on the go, gives pepper-floral and elder notes, redcurrant, is all good and up front. The palate issues neat juice, with kick in the tannins. There is an immediate pepper-dust presence, cool fruit. This has structure, is to drink with grills more than solo. It persists rather well. 14°. Bottled June 2016. 2020-22 Sept 2016

2012

bright, three-quarter red robe; has a nice, racy fruit aroma, with rose-hip, smoke, bonny garrigue herbs present. The palate moves well, carries open red fruit; it carries well and ends roundly with powdery tannin there. There are floral notes and strawberry fruit at its heart. Nice and live, ends on the up, is showing well now. Good. To 2018. 14°. Bottled July 2013. Nov 2013

2011 ()

plum red colour; reduction shows in the nose, has a game air – this is a powerful IGP wine, more than most of this category, shows some garrigue herbs as well. The palate bears mature, spiced plum fruit with drive, punch. A wine for la table that is moving into its second phase; it isn’t as one just now. The tannin is grainy, gutsy, and it shows India tea on the exit. Fresh cut features here. from late 2014. 14°. Bottled July 2012. To 2018  Nov 2013  Previously Dec 2012 *** attractive, medium-depth red. Bang on, likeable nose that comes out busily, redcurrant jelly here we go, with smoke-ash airs. The palate also has a fruit pastille style of fruit, a red cherry, with a juicy texture. A tiny bit of acidity shows late on, a nice line of freshness with thyme of the garrigue at the end. Drink solo, or with saucisson, is w.o.w. wine. “It is a generous wine,” Daniel Brunier. 14°. 80% G, 10% Cins, 5% Syr, 5% Cari this year. To 2016.  Dec 2012

2010

steady red robe. Attractive, easy aroma that has an inviting grace, is floral and settled, the fruit red plums. The palate bears bonny fruit, scented and accommodating. It drinks with very enjoyable ease, all en rondeur. The length is decent, shows a spot of late grain tannin. w.o.w. wine. 14°. To 2015  Sept 2012  Previously Nov 2011 *** pretty, simple red colour. Mildly spiced red jam air that has a sensible sweetness in it, comes with floral, rose notes as well. The palate is also round, supple, marked by red fruits that are bright in nature. Attractive drinking now, no false notes. The roundness is appealing. It straightens towards the finish, shows more pebble dash there, wee tannin. The aftertaste reflects red cherry jam, with licorice present within it. Grand wine, toot toot. “This can age well, but is intended to drink on its fruit and roundness,” Frédéric Brunier. 14°. 2015-16 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(vat, to be bottled in one month) red all through the bright robe; violet, mulled or jam red fruits aroma that is bountiful, herbal. The palate has a debut of cherry, red berry, is all out and about already. Shows Zan licorice, black pepper at the end. It is very open and facile now, could close. There is a sprinkle of fresh tannin on the finish. 14°. Very good with light foods such as charcuterie, olive oil foods or also spaghetti. “I find this vibrant,” Daniel Brunier. 2016-17 June 2010

2007

bright red robe; peppery, direct nose with life in it , has an underlay of fresh, ripe red cherry fruit. The palate is scented, comes with bonny red fruit, rocks on well, is backed by a sprinkle of late tannin. The length is OK, and that little structure helps it. OK drinking now, is a frisky wine. 2010-11. “One senses there is a freshness in this from its coming from the Caromb Valley,” Danile Brunier. Nov 2008

2006

pretty red robe; soft, simple red jam aroma. The palate's red plum fruit is laced with herbs, and flows easily, with a little tannin to spice it up. Drink with grilled foods. 13°. Nov 2007

2004

crisply cut bouquet of cherry, red fruits. Red fruit start, some richness within. Rolls along fine. Tickle of end tannin. Some structure here, and is not just a supple, “one season wonder” of a wine. To 2008 September 2005, London