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The Wines

10-80% Grenache (2000-2012), 10-40% Mourvèdre (2000-2012), 5-80% Syrah, 0-15% Vaccarèse, Counoise, (75% of vines mid-late 1990s) from clay-limestone with mix of galet stones & lauze, flat limestone stones, destemmed, light crush, varieties assembled at the vat, 4-5 day vinification, daily open air pumping overs, concrete vat raised 3 months, unfined, filtered, was Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche until 2008, bottling late Jan, bottling early March, organic, biodynamic wine, “our young vines wine, serve chilled at 14°C”, 600 magnums & 14,000-35,000 b

2019 ()

dark red; the nose is reserved for now, has a latent blackberry-raspberry aroma, is reticent. The palate, by contrast, springs out well, offering a good flow of live dark fruits, the tannins coming with life in them, fitting in well. There’s good clarity on the palate here. 16,000 b. 50% Gren, 25% Mourv, 15% Syr, 4% Counoise, 6% Vaccarèse. Bottling end March 2020. To 2023 Feb 2020

2018 ()

clear red robe; the bouquet gives a neat aroma of red fruit, raspberry, soft violet as the backdrop. This is a nicely approachable start. The palate holds fine red fruits, a touch of sweetness, is an easy flow wine with a rounded finale, aromatic touches there. This is joli, w.o.w. wine, as usual. 600 magnums, 31,000 b. Bottling 25 March 2019. To 2022 Feb 2019

2017 ()

(vat, bottling March 2018) bright, attractive red robe. The nose is full of fruit, raspberry, also licorice, comes with good freedom, is racy. The palate rocks off the bat on red cherry fruit, has good nerve. There are spinal late moments from the Mourvèdre. This is lively, true, a superior Vin de France, with pleasing depth. 14,500 b, half the usual. 40% Gren (instead of the usual 75%), 40% Mourv, 20% Syr, Counoise, Vaccarèse. To 2022 Feb 2018

2013

nicely dark red robe. Has a mulled blackberries aroma, a little roasting, pork scratchings, licorice – these aromas all mix in an open, clear nose that also gives hints of thyme, herbs. The debut is tasty, offers joli black berry fruits with a good, immediate impact – this drinks freshly and well, and is on the button for go-go events, outdoors, camp fires with spaghetti, grills. Serving it chilled is a good idea. There are a few grain-pebble tannins on the clean finish. 13°. Mainly Syrah this year, with Mourvèdre & Grenache. 2017-18 March 2015

2010

bright, full red with purple-black traces; juicy and free blackberry aroma that runs well into the also juicy palate, and rolls along well. A little late tannin ticks over. Real fun wine, go for it. Great with grills. Will be a shade softer at the finish in six months. €2.70 export. 13°. To 2013. March 2011

2009

(vat, sugars, malo finished) purple, mauve robe. Reductive, but soft richness inside the aroma. Primary fruit, Grenache-marked, has a spot of mid-palate richness, the length is OK, too. Slight late tannin, pebbly texture. This can drink soon – will be bottled in January 2010. To 2012. Dec 2009