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40-50% Grenache, 0-30% Mourvèdre, 30-50% Syrah (av age of vines 46 yrs in 2015), from 3 of the highest of the 68 terraces on clay, stony, limestone soils at 300-350 metres, harvested very, very ripe at the end of October, crushed, destemmed, wild yeasts, 4-6 week vinification at 25°C, 4-5 very soft cap punchings, aged 50-80% concrete vat, 20-50% new 228-litre oak casks 20 months, unfined, filtered, "a micro cuvée to express the essence of the terraces, selecting from just 2 or 3 of them to go beyond the Hauts de Montmirail wine", 2,600-2,900 b


dark red, full robe. The bouquet gives an elegant aroma of red fruit, raspberry, with dried herbs, plum stone airs, a note of kirsch. The palate offers graceful flow of red cherry fruit, the texture smooth and appealing, with tannins that are just right on ripeness - their precision helps the late elegance. It ends on smoky, white pepper, true Gigondas coolness, is a genuine, STGT wine. 14°. 2,660 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €41 at cellars. 50% vat, 50% cask raising. From 2023. Decant it. 2042-44 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(casks/vat) full, deep robe; the bouquet presents a black cherry fruit aroma influenced by its Syrah, the fruit gently sweet and coulis-like. It’s very primary, not varied. The palate offers engaging black fruit with a good thread of dusted tannins, a savoury herbs note, as it goes. The fruit is good and ripe, has real poise and duration, and the peppery late note shifts the texture. It is a gourmand, stylishly coated, long Gigondas, deserves time and a large glass. 14°. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. From late 2021. 2042-44 Oct 2018

2016 ()

dark robe, black-purple. There is darkness and mystery within the nose, dark berry fruits, blueberry, licorice, dark chocolate, oak that pushes forward. The palate has a savoury introduction, bears small berry fruits, blueberry-cassis, with oaking around them. The fruit is lively, while the finish shows charcoal-tar from the oak. This could have been raised another nine months, and with less obvious oak. Therefore wait until late 2019 or so, and longer if you seek retrieval of its terroir. 14°. 28,000 b. 2032-34 Oct 2017

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2012 ()

the robe is dark, rather impenetrable, indeed a secret. The bouquet isn’t straightforward – it gives comings and goings of blackberry, blueberry, buffed black leather, and some rosemary. The palate presents a lovely fluid front, with a notably sustained, engaging, billowing finish, a real wave of bounty there. There is tarry but fresh leave-behind. It bears a sleek, full coating, and all-important pockets of freedom, a spark of clarity. It is a big wine, but it has the balance for a good future. The finish is really impressive – it really struts as it closes. “It is creamy, kirsch in style,” Laurent Brusset. It is actually 15.3° with 2.6 gm of residual sugar. €40. 2032-34  Apr 2015