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75-90% Grenache, 0-20 Syrah, 5-10% Mourvèdre from sandy galet stone soils, 80% destemmed, 28-35 day vinification in 50% steel vat, 50% concrete vat at 28°-30°C, cap punching, part vat emptying/refillings, pumping overs, aged 40% steel vat 18 months, 40% concrete vat 18 months, 10% new, 10% 1-3 year 500-litre & 228-litre oak casks 12 months, the cask wine then in vat for 4-6 months, unfined, unfiltered, 10,000 b

2018 ()

(vat/casks) dark red robe. The nose has an upbeat tone, expresses pepper, brambly berry fruits, cassis, its ripeness bringing a note of sweetness; tar and black cherry liqueur also feature. It’s a confident start. The palate is borderline chunky, holds scaled black-fruited content with assertion in the tannins, requires time to season and settle. It has very good structure in place to do that, covers the ground well. The fruit moves in appealing waves here. There is a little glow on the aftertaste. 15°. 75% Gren, 20% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2023 to allow oak to hang back. 2043-45 Oct 2019

2017

(vat/casks) bold, dark red. Black olives, beef, prune fruit airs feature in a well assembled, thorough, broad bouquet. The nose-palate link is close here, the palate moving with a deep roll of red stone fruit, a line of salt emerging towards the close. I like its breadth across the palate, with a fluidity that not all the 2017s possess; that brings in a floral angle. 14.5°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2021. 2042-44 Oct 2018

2016

(vat/casks, bottling March 2018) dark red colour. The bouquet is broad, has an inky nature, spice and beef stock combining with its black fruits. The palate holds chunky content with deeply set, solid tannins present within. This is a ground force wine with a square frame and intense, thick juice at its heart. It ends with sure content. 15°. From 2020. 75% Gren, 20% Syr, 5% Mourv. €23.50. 2039-42 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(casks) full, dark red robe, has a good aspect. The nose involves soaked black cherries with a note of oaking which gives a chocolate depth. It’s a streamlined style of bouquet, suggests a similar wine, in the modern vein. The palate bears good, fluid content with piccolo, detailed tannins set up from the oak. The flavour centres on black cherry liqueur, and the aftertaste is tarry from the oak. This needs leaving until 2020-21 to shake off the cellar work, and will become a pretty attractive wine once that has been done. I find the oaking a little INXS. 14.5°. 2033-35 Sept 2016

2014

(casks) dark red, lustrous robe. The nose is full, with a bracing, sea air quality, a prune essence at its heart. The palate is well concentrated, carries bonny berry fruit and keeps moving well. This spreads widely across the palate, and stamps its insistence well on the finish. Well juiced, solid wine of character, one that lies apart from the mainstream. 14.5°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. GB £21.99. From 2019. 2031-33  Oct 2015  

2012

(casks, bottling April 2014) sound red robe; has a broad, uplifted nose that offers a simmer of fierce Mistral powered sun in its liqueur, cassis aroma, with licorice and black raisin depth present. The palate gives a big fill of black cherry fruit, moves with a pick-up of fine grain tannin. There isn’t heat on the finish, a good feature by its absence. It has been a little exerted in the cellar; the fruit is clean, the oak shows through as it ends. From 2016. 14.5°. €17.50. 2030-32  Nov 2013