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60-65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5-10% Carignan (all 1950s-1970s) from clay-limestone, small gravel pebble soils, destemmed, 2-week vinification at 18-20°C, rising to 3-4 days at 28°C, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching, pumping overs, steel vat raised 5-8 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, 32-40,000 b

2015 ()

full, dark robe. The nose is broad and quietly insistent, gives an image of a compact mound of black berries, runs deep. The palate has an inky concentration, with a flashing flavour of Morello cherries, and a degree of intensity as it finishes. Very much a table wine, for gigot of lamb, for example, roast sirloin of beef. It’s just a bit foot down on the pedal, exerted. 14.5°. 32,000 b. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Cari. €3.40 export. From 2017. 2021-22 June 2016

2014

dark red robe, a good welcome. The nose has a concentrated air of black fruit, reserves of potential to vary. This is well made wine, a very bonny affair: the black fruit runs freely and purely, the tannins fit in snugly, the length is good, as is the balance. What’s not to like ? w.o.w. wine that will please everyone. 14.5°. 2018-19  Jun 2015 Previously Apr 2015 *** dark robe; has a brewed, grunty air, licorice and dark fruits in tandem. The palate gives soundly filled content, with some lissom fruit and suave tannins. The length is OK, with fresh breeze on the close. Holds likeable mid-palate fruit. 14.5°. 65% Gren, 30% Syr, 5% Cari. 32,000 b. From late 2015.  2019-20 Apr 2015

2012 ()

dark red; the nose is agreeably round, gives airs of cooked red fruits, dark spices, raisin – has a traditional approach. There is the genuine cast of southern lands in this: herbs, dry, flinty spices, images of the outcrop brush. It is threaded with red plum fruit. It is really genuine, STGT wine, with no artifice, boom boom. A manly Côtes du Rhône for la table: game, stews, cold nights, cottage pie. This speaks Provençal. 14°. To 2018 Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark robe. Rolling, jolly fullness in its blackberry fruit aroma – has good, ripe sex appeal. It is very 2011, not varied yet, and also shows leather, hints of animal. You can gorge on its blackberry fruit that picks up spice and black pepper as it goes, ending on that tang and cut. Has a modern, fleshy style. Not a strongly Grenache-inspired wine, the other contributors are working well. No disappointments here thanks to its copious, wavy fruit. Foods, not solo drinking. 14.7°. To 2017  Oct 2012