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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

2018 ()

(vat/casks) dark robe; the bouquet is broad, filled, oily, shows black olives, black fruit ripeness, menthol. The palate is richly endowed with plentiful rather thick content that manages to keep moving in a measured manner. The tannins fit in, have a savoury nature. The feel is well Southern. It’s a Vacqueyras built on ripe content, but doesn’t veer into “too much” territory. Gren, Mourv, Syr. From 2022, decant. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2017 ()

dark red; the nose is broad, dense, a little seared, carries brewed black fruits, prune airs, isn’t yet fully out, has notes of warm stones. The palate is robust, filled, based on spice, herbs that accompany the cooked red fruits. The tannins are a trifle dusty from the vintage drought. It’s genuine, carries no false make-up, will be suited to autumn/winter drinking. €15. From 2021. 2033-35 Feb 2020

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