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50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre (av age 32 years) from limestone marl & red clay soils, destemmed, 25-30 day vinification, 2-3 part vat emptying/refillings at start, then twice daily pumping overs, aged 55-70% steel vat, 30-45% 1-2 year 450-litre oak casks 12-15 months, fined, filtered, “drink with sauced dishes, meat cuts, cheese”, 15-40,000 b

2018 ()

dark red; the nose combines stewed red fruits with a savoury, sweet-toned aspect, a little herbs’ presence as well. The palate drinks easily, is a comfortable, middle of the road Gigondas, taking on a little chewy tannin towards the finish - the tannins could be more refined. There is a brief moment of lift in the early fruit. This shows the weight of the 2018 sun. It’s plain wine. 14.5°. 50% Gren, 40% Syr, 10% Mourv. €18.50 at cellars. From 2021. 2030-32 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(vat/casks) dark red colour; the nose has a prune fruit aroma, a powdered, floral take in its fruit, hints of licorice, herbs. The palate is sunny, punchy, fuelled with dark red fruits and driving tannins. It’s a little exerted as it stands, needs to refine, especially the second half, where there are oak traces. It has the potential to become a genuine, ground force Gigondas. 14.5°. 50% Gren, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourv. 10% From mid-2021. 2038-40 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) dark red. Attractive plum and raspberry-fruited nose with light spice and musky flowers. The palate exercises restraint, holds sinewed content with menthol tang, rocky, crisp tannins ruling the late stages. This is bare for now, and needs to amplify and ease into its slightly strict frame. Its local clarity is an asset. 14°. 30,000 b. €17.70. From 2020. 2032-33 Oct 2017

2015 ()

dark red robe with a lighter top. Oak and stewed fruits mingle in a bouquet with a certain volume of spiced red fruits. There is a varnish-pine angle from the oak. The palate gives good Grenache, plum-fruited content with the oak and its vanilla in the flavour, the oak also giving the texture a supple side. At this stage, the oak is a distraction, and I would have preferred less of it. The inside of the wine is sound to good, though. The aftertaste is savoury. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 50% Gren, 40% Syr, 10% Mourv. €17.70. From mid-2019. 2027-29 March 2017

2014

(vat/casks) dark red colour. Soaked black cherry aroma with a charcoal-tar top note from oaking. It is clipped as a kick-off, the oak contributing to that. The palate holds wavy dark berry fruit with a crisp run of oak-tannin, the oak charcoal ruling the aftertaste. It’s a little disjointed, and needs to join up the dots. Modern school with slight distance from its terroir. 14°. 15,000 b. €13.50. From 2018. 2026-27  Dec 2015 

2013

(vat/casks, bottling March 2016) dark red colour. Soaked black cherry aroma with a charcoal-tar top note from oaking. It is clipped as a kick-off, the oak contributing to that. The palate holds wavy dark berry fruit with a crisp run of oak-tannin, the oak charcoal ruling the aftertaste. It’s a little disjointed, and needs to join up the dots. Modern school with slight distance from its terroir. 14°. 15,000 b. €13.50. From 2018. 2026-27  Dec 2015  Previously Dec 2014 *** (vat/casks) purple-garnet colour – lighter at the rim. There is an air of earthy red fruit on the nose with a note of herbs. The palate is soft and supple on the attack, then powerful tannins kick in. Solid, firm and structured. It is a touch monolithic, but should age. 14°. From 2018. 2025-26  JL  Dec 2014

2012 ()

(casks) pretty dark robe; serene, scented plum, soaked strawberries aroma the nose has a round shape. The palate holds easy juice, the attack is facile with sweet red fruit coming forward openly. It is very primary, with little else behind the fruit. I hope it can develop more – length, depth, interest. From mid-2015. 14°. £15 in GB. 2022-23  Dec 2013

2011

medium Grenache red robe. Smoky, woodsy air with low-level plum fruit inside, licorice – the nose is a touch Spartan. The palate has a floral, rose influence in its soft red fruit. It is agreeable, if limited in scope. Fine grain tannins are present. There is a rose influence again on the aftertaste. Lacks a bit of body. 14°. 60% vat, 40% cask, 40,000 b this year. €11.90 at the cellars. 2019-20  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(vat) Grenache plum red robe which is full, shows legs. The nose beckons – offers a drip-drop of sunny fruitiness, its sweetness en finesse, with a trail of raspberry. It is not fully open, has depth and grounding behind the fruit. The palate has a tight, firm debut, is reserved. The fruit is clear, wavy, polished. It engages a group of also firm, compact tannins on the finish, a little charcoal sticking out on the aftertaste. Plenty to offer in a clear style, has a careful quality fruit. From 2014. 2028-30 Dec 2011