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50-75% Grenache (1980), 25-50% Syrah (1980) from 1.5 hectares on clay-limestone & sandy-lime soils on Lencieux, destemmed, 4 week steel vat vinification, varieties co-fermented, pumping overs, part vate emptying/refilling, raised steel vat 10 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 4,000-5,400 b

2018

quite a dark red; mixed red berries, raspberry fruit with a sweet tone leads the nose, suggests a glugging style of wine. The palate is fleshy, savoury, carries Grenache sweetness, with mild, slightly furry tannins on board. It could be fresher, will wilt before many. It’s on the go now, is an easy Gigondas without the hauteur of the leaders. 13.5°. 5,330 b. 55% Gren, 45% Syr. €17.5 at cellars. 2025-26 Feb 2020

2014 ()

dark red robe, legs, an inviting colour. The nose combines mixed fruits such as elderberry, blackberry, has a little note of menthol, is a pleasing start. The palate springs forward on red cherry fruit with good fire and intensity, a nugget of rocky tannins that aid its character showing on the finish. Has good local, garrigue feel that links with its Grenache. There is an enjoyable spot of raspberry coulis on the aftertaste. Quiet strength here, some muscle. Hence wait until spring 2017. 14.5°. 5,000 b. €15.50. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. 2024-26  Dec 2015

2013 ()

light purple-garnet hue. The fruit on the nose is a little stewed, and carries a herbaceous edge behind. This is a touch port-like on the palate, the alcohol coming through. Its tannins are solidly framed, but dry and grainy on the finish. This is powerful but rustic at the same time. 14.5°. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. 4,000 b. €15 at the cellars. From 2016. 2021-22 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

dark red; berry fruits aroma with a little notion of sweet herbs. The bouquet is upright, a bit brittle, shows some charcoal. The palate isn’t far off ready: it holds easy fruit, with a little darker tannic moment and late glow. This is facile Gigondas, its content fair in quality, not more. It plays a very safe game. From spring 2014. 14.5°. €13 ex-cellars. 4,600 b. 2018-19  Dec 2013