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50-60% Grenache (1950s, 1960s), 27-37% Syrah (1986), 10% Mourvèdre, 2-3% Cinsault (all 1986) from 0.7 hectare on limestone, gravel soils on Souiras, Grand Montmirail, 10-12 day pre-fermentation crop cooling at 10-12°C, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, cap punching, 80% steel vat raised 12 months, 20% 228-litre Allier oak cask raised 6 months, then steel vat 6 months, unfined, unfiltered, 2,000-3,300 b

2016 ()

(vat/casks) dark robe, black at its centre, legs visible. The bouquet is sunny, shows black olives and a firm layering of black fruits, a paste of dark berries. The palate holds black cherry fruits with a liqueur tone, witness the vintage ripeness and a simmering degree. The finish comes with the pure fruit still on the go, and a good, steady build in tannic essence. It’s has true length. This will present a spherical, rather stately shape as it ages. It’s a genuine southern wine: serve in a large glass, allow it to breathe. 14.5°. 2,800 b. 55% Gren, 35% Syr, 10% Mourv. €29. From 2020. 2033-36 Oct 2017

2014 ()

(vat) sober quite dark red robe. The bouquet has quiet style, isn’t expressive just now. There is a subdued black fruit jam, cassis aroma. The palate holds pretty stylish content, the fruit and some gummy tannins running with some pace towards the finish. Style over power here: it could be a bit deeper. The flavour centres on prune, a little black raisin. 14°. 55% Gren, 35% Syr, 5% Cins, 5% Mourv. €29. From 2018. 2024-26  Dec 2015  Previously Oct 2015 ***(*) (steel vat, assembled spring 2015, with one cask to add, bottling spring 2016) dark, full red with black tints. Has a gentle, round red berry, raspberry aroma with a dash of licorice, rosemary. The palate starts softly; this is textured wine, just a bit limited in depth. It runs easily, holds mild tannins. The flavour is led by raspberry coulis. This is easy to appreciate. 2,000 b. 2024-25  Oct 2015

2013 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED, CROP NOT UP TO THE RIGHT QUALITY

2012

dark red. Has an attractive nose, with airs of raspberry, prune, violet, with round, light sweetness – this bouquet is appealing, starts the wine well. The palate connects well to the nose; the attack is juicy, tasty, and it follows with a stealthy delivery of local more pine, lavender influences. This is stylish, has soft tannins and fresh length. This is charming, pretty true, well-balanced. It ups its density, and gives more local insistence towards the finish, a good sign. 14°. Bottled spring 2015. 2022-23  Oct 2015