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60-70% Grenache, 15-25% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah from sand above white clays soils at Vaison-la-Romaine, 67% Grenache-Mourvèdre whole bunch fermentation together, Syrah whole bunch fermentation, 12-15 day vinification, light pumping overs every two days, can cap punch by foot at end of alcoholic fermentation, enamel vat raised 7 months, unfined, unfiltered, 3 bottlings, April, June & October after the harvest, organic wine, 8,000-8,900 b

2018 ()

red robe; red cherry, black pepper, notes of mixed herbs – the bouquet is still making its way. The palate holds busy fruit, a good stream of it, with tang, moss notes, saline touches, cooked damson plum jam in the mix. There are bosky late notes, indicating that it requires another six months to open it up, to settle the finish. It has character. Syrah and Mourvèdre both all whole bunch this year. 13.5°. 8,000 b. 2026-27 Feb 2020

2017

red robe; the nose is smoky, well fuelled, shows plum that is very Grenache with Mourvèdre sturdiness, pine and pepper. The palate has a robust nature, firm content; the Mourvèdre extends it well, and heads it towards very much table wine with a bit of blood in it, interest thus. It has character, especially for a Côtes. Great with beef. It has a cool take with menthol thrust on the close. 13°. Bottled June 2018. 2024-25 Feb 2019

2016 ()

shiny red robe. The nose is low-key, but there’s good, cool raspberry at its heart. It has a calm presence, intrigue, is a joli bouquet. There is a grapey essence on the attack; this has a naked style, holds fine, pinpoint red fruits, is a streamlined style of wine, a Thinker’s Wine. 70% Gren, 15% Mourv, 15% Syr. 2022-23 Feb 2018

2015

(vat, bottling 10 June 2016) red robe. The nose is charming, with floral and red cherry near the stone airs. Has a good, grapey flavour, right off the press, red fruits such as raspberry with spice implicit and salted touches. It gives fresh drinking, is natural and unfussy. To 2018  May 2016

2014 ()

shiny dark red. The nose is reduced, so allow it to breathe; it is still raw, with airs of plums and raspberry, light floral notes. The palate takes a direct approach, with a direct line and almost steely sides. The flavour rests on Grenache and its cooked plums. There are fine pockets of gras, and this is just starting to reveal itself. It is a little rigorous, but is interesting and clear. 12.5°. “Drink with duck breast, aubergines with parmesan,” Ingrid Bouchet. 2020-21 May 2016