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60-85% Grenache (late 1970s), 0-25% Syrah (early 1980s), 15-30% Carignan (mid-1960s), from Les Garrigues at Cairanne (Grenache, Syrah) & Cairanne towards Saint-Cécile-les-Vignes (lime, sandy soils), destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, some cap punching, concrete vat raised 8 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, 25,000 b

2017 ()

regular red robe; has a neatly sustained, ripe plum-raspberry aroma which comes with a sunny openness, is very primary and glistening. The palate bears fleshy content, red fruits freely delivered; it builds in power as it goes, ends securely, is a solid Côtes that gives plenty in the glass, will do well with stews. There is a lip smacking close. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Car. 2027-28 GB £108 per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655 Nov 2018

2016 ()

(vat, bottling early 2018) good, dark red robe. There is a thick aroma of blackberry, treacle, a smoky darkness on the nose, black raisin. It has a true southern style, black olive airs. This is rich and fluid, coated, has grilling and strength, ripe tannins in a big pile. The aftertaste is chewy, munchy. This is table Côtes red with a thorough core, thick juice, but also a touch of velvet about it. From spring 2019. 2027-28 Oct 2017

2015

medium depth red robe. Has a fat aroma, toffee, date, plum jam, raspberry, has a juvenile openness, no hidden corners. The palate runs in the same vein, holds plump content with smoky touches, and an iodine note towards the finish. There is southern style fat here. It is correct, easy, round, suited to stews. 14.5°. 50% Gren, 40% Syr, 10% Cari. To 2021 Oct 2017

2014

(vat, bottling Aug 2015) sound red robe, a little purple. Has a blackberry, cassis front aroma. The palate is nice and tight, has a chewy density after half way. It holds black fruit, the texture is chiselled. This is structured Côtes du Rhône that needs time to fuse. There are chalky grain tannins on the end. From mid-2016. 2020-21 £55 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Apr 2015

2013 ()

medium red robe. Open, willing offer of red berry, raspberry fruit on the nose, also accompanied by herbs such as thyme and a slight note of reduction (generated by the 20% Syrah, I suspect). The palate is lightly fruited, in the styling of the vintage, the tannins a touch brittle. It ends on some herbs, and laurel. I find this a bit incomplete, has a low body mass factor. 13°. £54 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2017-18  Nov 2014

2012 ()

bright, mid depth red; Smoky, flint, “sparky” air that bears lucid, live fruit, a breeze of red cherry. This kicks off well, he texture clear, though there are some game, reduction notes. It grows steadily, is still under wraps, but there is lots to come. Satisfying content for the price of £54 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk. The grit-grain finale has zing, clack, is toothsome. There is plenty of late tannin. A wine of character. From mid-late 2014. 14.5°. 2020-21 Nov 2013

2011

opened yesterday: quite a dark red. Has a nice, wide, plump nose that offers appealing fat red cherry fruit, lots of jolly berry fruit. I like this: it holds lots of very true 2011 fruit, a ball of it, then it picks up grip and tannin, has a decisive close. 0.5° less would be helpful, but it does a grand job, has a tasty finish. Gourmand, satisfying, suited to food, for example barbecued sausages. There is a Grenache plumpness combined with dark fruit flair from the Syrah. It keeps its interest all the way through the palate, is w.o.w. wine. 14.5°. To 2017  June 2013

2009

bright, quite full robe. Nutty, fresh nose – out of the vat it comes. A bit reductive, game airs behind that (20% Syrah for the reduction incline). Plenty of life and heart in this – it bears black fruits, has licorice pockets. Clear, rather menthol ending. This can be drunk solo. Has late, pebbly tannin. Very drinkable. 2017-18 March 2011

2007 ()

85% Grenache, 15% Carignan this year: solid red robe; the red fruits on the nose have a supple outer air, backed by a more square lining from the Carignan. The palate is solid, well-set, comes with a firm texture. It could show more charm, the ending is firm. Served a little warm. 13.5°. To 2012. March 2009

2006

60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Carignan this year, to be bottled end March 2007: rather reductive, but berry fruit and a clear air in that fruit on the nose, beyond the reduction. Has a savoury, agreeable sweetness on the palate, finishes well, is perfumato and towards the finish gives out herbs, laurel, licorice. Good local feel to this. 2011-12 March 2007

2005 ()

thorough bouquet – good fruit with a solid, rather meaty air and flecks of garrigue in it. The palate starts well, rocks off the bat with character. This is very good Côtes du Rhône, way past the safe mainstream, is very long. 2013-14 March 2007

2004

clear, refined nose. Cherry fruit on palate, is clear-cut and can be drunk early. Pretty, soft wine. To 2009

2003 ()

refined, stylish plum aroma, offers some appealing sweetness, no heaviness – good for a 2003. Good, well-filled palate that is still elegant; good calibre of fruit here, very beau. Great touch in the cellar here, skill of generations gone by. Length good. To 2011. June 2005