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70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, purchased wine of 2-3 different vintages that are 1 to 6 years old, from 10-15 regular suppliers, destemmed, 30 day vinification, cap punching, aged large 40-45 hl barrels 1-5 years, fined, filtered, first wine 1931, 4 bottlings a year, “the aim is that it is drunk within 1 year of purchase”, 460,000 b

NV (2012 and older)

light to medium depth robe. The nose is a bit loose – gives a touch of red berry with a dusting of vanilla oak. Red fruit is more apparent on the palate, but its alcohol is a concern. This lacks zest and harmony, so is stationary on the finish. From 2016. 2023-25 JL Oct 2014

NV (2011 and older) ()

full red robe, wee top rim of paler red. Has a red berry aroma, a hint of spirit with that; it is a sweet invitation bouquet – reflects mulled red berries, coulis style about them, and also caramel. The nose is broad, but the spirit note catches my attention. The palate doesn’t ignite, serves up a damson, red fruit flavour with a layer of toffee-like tannins. A wine to drink now, based on its fat and its gummy rather than clear-cut texture. Stews, game dishes, steak with this. 30% 1-year old wine, 55% 3-years old wine, 15% 6-years old wine. 14.5°. 2019-20  Oct 2013

NV (2006 and older) ()

full red; the nose is tight – packed bundle of red fruit, briar and herb aromas. The palate has a chocolate, raisin, menthol flavour – it is a full affair with red stone fruits in behind. Is a busty, open wine. It ends on some power, with a complete finish. It is a bit rustic, a solid enforcer, a wine that will wake up the dozy. Its fruit is a bit suppressed. 14°. To 2011-12 Nov 2008