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60-70% Grenache (late 1970s & younger), 20% Syrah, 10-20% Mourvèdre (late 1970s) from stony red clay terraces, old Gobelet trained Grenache hand harvested, rest of crop machine harvested, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification at up to 28°C of Grenache with Syrah, then Grenache with Mourvèdre, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 90% vat, 10% 1-3 year 228-litre oak casks 7 months, then parts assembled, raised 6 months, unfined, filtered

2016

quite a dark red colour; the bouquet is reserved, spiced, cooked strawberry fruit on the agenda. It has a calm nature. The palate is close-knit, bears a red berry flavour with rather bumpy tannins lining the second half. The finish moves into rocky zones, menthol and mineral elements there. It’s unfurnished for now, so leave until spring 2020 – it will certainly “improve”, and move more closely together. It has local feel, and can integrate. 14.5°. GSM. 2030-32 Feb 2018