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75-80% Grenache, 20-25% Syrah (av age 15 years) from S-facing red clay, alluvial limestone soils at Bois de Monge (N-W), destemmed, 3-5 week vinification at 25°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 7-12 months, “drink with game, red meat, strong cheese”, filtered, 80,000 b

2017 ()

fair red robe; The bouquet has a low-key aroma based on mild blackberry, a hint of vegetal. The palate holds simple red berry, raspberry fruit with slightly uneven, gummy tannins following. It’s a straightforward Gigondas, lacks the authority of the leaders. There’s a dry note on the finish, with grainy moments there. 14°. From spring 2019. 2027-28 Oct 2018

2016

(vat) quite a full red colour. The nose is brewed up, with smoky, cooked red fruits airs. It could be clearer. The palate is rather plain, bears plum fruits with a low-key sweetness, and slightly dry, stretched tannins. It thins down and doesn’t carry true Gigondas weight. 14°. 80,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €18. From 2019. 2024-26 Oct 2017

2015

fair red robe, a lighter top. The nose gives a mulled red berry fruit aroma, nearly jam, has a sweet curve. The palate is immediate, a little plain, but drinks easily on raspberry, red fruits, with light spicing. It skims along, and has been prepared for early drinking, the tannins supple inside it. It lacks the nuance of the true, leading Gigondas 2015s. 14°. 80,000 b. €218. Bottled July 2016. 2023-24 March 2017

2013

(vat) medium purple-garnet hue. White tobacco and herbs on the nose with a background of red fruit and spice. Definite spice on the palate, which is soft and a touch fluid. The tannins are slightly green on the finish. 13.5°. From 2016. 2022-23 JL Dec 2014

2011

shiny, quite dark robe. Brewed, beefy air, a solid block of aroma – the bouquet has not yet lined up its various different influences. A sense of high octane influences are just kept under wraps. Alcohol, sugar and fruit are separate here. The palate has a bustling, grounded nature; there is meaty content here. There is fine in its tannins, and kirsch, spiced plum in the flavour. It ends on a roasted, hot stones trail, is running as it ends. Good promise. From mid-2014. 14°. 2024-25  Dec 2012