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20-70% Grenache, 20-70% Syrah, 5-10% Cinsault, 0-5% Mourvèdre from Donzère and Saint-Paul-Les Trois Châteaux, destemmed, 2 week vinification, pumping overs, vat raised 8-11 months, filtered, formerly known as Coteaux du Tricastin, 50-65,000 b

2016

full red, crimson-tinted robe. The nose rolls with a becoming air of Morello black cherry, some undertones of dried herbs, garrigue pictures, scrub beside the vines. This is really, thoroughly juicy, and hits the mark with its plump, insistent fruit, the length aided by the darkness of the Syrah. This is real rock n’roll STGT Grignan, a real coup to combine the ample, open fruit with local notes, and its herbs-related aftertaste, rosemary, marjoram. The length is good, on its fruit and soft tannins. Drink this on its up-tempo fruit. 13.5°. To 2020 for that. 13.5°. 97,000 b. €6.50 at the cellars. July 2017

2011

dark red. Blackberry fruit, Syrah inspiration in its free roll, a touch of attractive sweetness and a damp soil note, plus a flash of licorice, and an attractive spot of salt. There is a good run forward and across of black berry and prune fruit. Has an amiable texture with only a little fine grain tannin towards the live finish. Well-packaged, enjoyable. Its straight, clear-cut features will help it to live, to 2016. Close to w.o.w. – a wine suited to grills, sausages, merguez. 14.5°. Nov 2012

2010

rich aspect, legs down the glass. Blackberry fruit air, a little saltiness in a curved bouquet that keeps ticking over, offers herbs and tea airs as well. Attractive, supple debut to the palate, which takes on fine grain tannins and extends well and completely on the finish. The saltiness shows up towards the end also, the length is good. Very correct. It could soften its finish in six months. From late 2011. 14°. 5% Mourvèdre this year. 2015-16 June 2011

2009 ()

bright, inviting dark robe; peppery-nutty aroma that has richness and a honeyed aspect, a ripe raisin air. Squeezy debut to the palate, which is well-textured and has a sympa richness and roundness. There are smoky late notes, with a slight burn late on that indicates 2009 and dries it. Foods are needed – when eating, this hits **(*). 14°. To 2015. No Mourvèdre this year. June 2011

2008 ()

bright, purple top to the robe, quite deep. Has a post-fermentation aroma – the lees along with cassis fruit, light jam airs. Soft, light wine on the palate – it is a bit stuck together. The fruit dwindles towards the end, dry late notes there. 12.5°. Now to 2011. Nov 2009

2007 ()

black tints in an evolving robe; grainy pepper outer air to the nose, with Grenache solidity behind, baked fruits, has the light air of black fruit coulis with mint and tar. It is a wine that spreads across the palate, delivers quite a punch, presents bold tannins towards the finish that are not yet fully settled in. Brett on the finish, I find. 13.5°. To 2014. Nov 2009

2006

red with some depth; the bouquet's fruit aroma is clearer than the Ventoux – usually is the reverse: shows hedgerow berries, with some wild mint. The palate is round and there is a nice wee kick in the early fruit – this has some character and life. The fruit is good and appetising, the length good. Pretty wine. It's a good Tricastin, above average, indeed. 13.5°. To 2011. Jan 2008