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60% Grenache (1955-65), 30% Syrah (1990-95), 10% Mourvèdre (1995), destemmed, 8-10 day vinification, pumping overs, vat raised 6-12 months, fined, filtered, 10,000 b

2010 ()

nice dark robe; has a woody, smoky first air, with some resin mixed with a gleam of fleshy black fruit, also crème de menthe. The palate is a big production, is a cellar-led wine. The fruit is a smoky, full prune with traces of blackberry. It ends in charcoal smoke, burnt bacon. Disorganised. The aftertaste is rather dry. Not sure about this. From late 2012. Bottled 14 Jan 2012. €7 at the cellars. To 2016 Feb 2012


(pre-bottle) nice smoky, suave and stylish bouquet. Good berried stone fruits attack, the fruit clean. Decent substance, and some juiciness to make it agreeable, length OK. Touch of tar/licorice at the end. "We cooled the crop down to 15°C this year, and fermented the Grenache for less time than the other two varieties," Laurent Courtinas. To 2008 or so.  February 2004.

2001 ()

smoky, quite deep bouquet, a little meatiness in it. Smoked red stone fruits flavour, the fruits lasts quite nicely. Quite broad end, fair length, pebbly finish, tinkle of tannin there. Drink now. 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah this year.  February 2004