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60-65% Syrah, 25-30% Grenache, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Cinsault from galet stone, clay, clay-limestone soils on La Gardiole (N-E), destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, raised concrete vat 12-14 months (has been raised mainly steel vat, some oak 9-12 months), filtered, 33-120,000 b

2018

pretty full red robe; the nose has a mulberry, raspberry liqueur aroma, a neat drift of perfume, a hint of inkiness. The palate carries a pleasing stroll of red fruits with floral, rose notes. It draws to a steady finish, nice and naturally, no forcing. The length sustains well, with good cladding on the aftertaste. It’s an aromatic Châteauneuf, the shape well rounded. 14.5°. 33,333 b. 65% Syr, 25% Gren, 10% Cins. From 2022-23. 2044-46 Oct 2019

2016 ()

(concrete vat, bottling Feb 2018) dark red colour. The nose leads on an aroma of mulled red berries, raspberries, with some sweetness, dried herbs and smoke. It is quite thick. The palate holds fleshy content with a plum, red stone fruit heart. It finishes a little suddenly, with tannins that are dark on the outside. This is a large production wine, but a good effort, with Grenache coming through pretty truly at its centre, and good freshness on the finish. I am glad it has been raised in concrete, not oak. 14.5°. 120,000 b. €12.75. From mid-2019. 2032-33 Oct 2017