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The Wines

60-70% Grenache (1950s-1960s), 12-15% Syrah, 10-15% Carignan, 5% Cinsault, 2% Mourvèdre, 1-3% Counoise from galet stone clay-limestone soils on Le Bois de la Garde, Les Grandes Terres south of Bédarrides, destemmed, 2 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 12-14 months, filtered, “drink with grills, mixed salads, saucisse in lentils”, 300-350,000 b

2016

(vat) dark red. There is reduction on the nose, so a “high” note to the black fruit aroma, with a sweet security of depth, hints of licorice and dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary. The palate bears nicely insistent black berry and cherry fruit with mild tannins attached towards the finish. There is a cool tenor to the fruit. The second half drifts a tiny bit after its bright start, and it becomes a tad brittle. It’s a bit too instant. From 2018. To 2020 Aug 2017

2015 ()

quite a dark red. The bouquet gives an air of lush raspberry fruit with a little herbal sweetness, a jelly fruit style. This is OK, but tame: there is a red fruit presence with some soft spicing. It drinks safely. 13.8°. 60% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Cari, 5% Cins, 3% Coun, 2% Mourv. 300,000 b. From 2017. To 2020 June 2016 

2014

(vat, bottling Dec 2015) dark red-purple robe. The nose gives a flourish of black berry fruit, with an inky depth, licorice and a note of grilling. It has ambition. The palate gives a wave of black cherry flavour with crunchy, cocoa notes. The texture is supple, the wine open. It has enough content for beef steaks, spaghetti Bolognese. It has been worked on in the cellar to reach this level of content. 13.5°. 60% Gren, 15% Cari, 15% Syr, 3% Coun, 2% Mourv. 300,000 b. €7. 2018-19  Oct 2015 

2012

(vat) medium red; quiet pocket of strawberry, red fruit jam lies at the centre of the bouquet, comes with a trim of thyme, is very curvy. The palate has a sweet-juiced debut, is a shade simple, but has a spherical Grenache charm. Bring on the fruit pastilles. It ends in its neatly packaged way, can be drunk now. Drink with pastas, country dishes. 14°. 350,000 b, 65% Gren, 15% Syr, 12% Cari, 5% Cins, 2% Coun, 1% Mourv this year. €4 export.  To 2017  Oct 2013

2010

steady red robe; the nose is a bit dumb, bears an air of baked red fruit, a hint of menthol, a hint of cherry. The palate is also wrapped up, has a sturdy tannin around its plum fruit. Serious, sit down wine suited to dishes such as lamb. Good length – there is a smoky tang towards the finish. The red fruit and its smoky tannins are well installed, no weak links. 13.5°. €6.50. To 2017. Feb 2012

2009

mild red; the bouquet is evolving, so its air if red fruit jam is rather dumb, comes with some herbal notes. The palate is ready now: drink this with grills, fun food. It is authentic and genuine. It ends on some clear, pumice stone notes. It shows good red fruit juice towards the finish. Genuine, unpretentious, would please British, N Europeean drinkers. 14°. €6.50. Now to 2014. Feb 2012