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The Wines

100% Merlot (2000) from the plain at Verlieu (sandy soil), 6,000 plants per hectare, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, aged 5-10 year 228-litre oak casks 14-18 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2004, 2,700 b

2015 ()

very dark colour. Chocolate, prune show in a sturdy aroma, a bouquet that is deep. The palate charges along with mass at its centre, coulis style fruit with strength and a broad finish. There are raisin effects from the great ripeness of the vintage, but it’s not overheated. It’s a big wine for a vin de pays; drink with rib of beef, lamb. 14.8°. 2023-24 July 2017

2013

red robe; the nose gives an easy roundness of red berry fruit, has a sweet, toffee-like note. The palate has a jam, fig jam flavour with a sunny fat; it holds gras and its inner is plump. The length is good; it finishes roundly with a spiced exit. Drink with charcuterie. Harvested very late: 8 October. 14.5°. “2013 was very, very ripe, with no rot,” André Perret. To 2018  Oct 2015

2011

dark robe. Wide, filled nose that gives clean-cut black fruit, not many extras, a bit of tar and mocha. The palate mingles smoke, tobacco, cedar with black berry fruit. It extends on fine acidity, is clear-cut, has a spring in its step. Good drinkability, plus potential to vary over time. 13.5°. To 2019. Oct 2012

2010 ()

dark, shiny, rather full robe. Oily, succulent nose, sweet notes of cassis and smoke. The palate bears gras, and a sweet but measured richness. It has blackberry with smoky cut at the end. The tannins have a smoked grain, ending on licorice, rather a beefy note. Plenty going on – a wine for la table, not solo. “The sand for the Merlot gives lots of matter and ripeness; the Pétrus of the Rhône!!” A. Perret. It has moved into deeper waters, past its w.o.w. stage now. 14.5°. 2019-20  Oct 2012  Previously May 2012 *** shiny, full red, legs down the glass. Blackberry fruit, supple and gourmand air with ripples of generosity and a sunny, open fat. The palate starts on licorice, grips tightly; it has not yet got going, but its tannins are crisp, ripe, good. Good length, fresh aftertaste, a beau vin of good gras and depth. It is wide on the finish, a touch of tar lies there. Has rocking fruit, is w.o.w., but also has depth and serious structure. To 2018 or so. “I call it my Petrus du Rhône!”, A.P. Available from Corney & Barrow, London, in GB. May 2012

2004

clear fruit, tarry end, agreeable.