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50-60% Grenache, 20-25% Mourvèdre (2003), 20-25% Syrah from sandy & marl soils, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification at 26°-28°C, pumping overs, Grenache steel vat & large 40 hl barrel raised 12 months, Syrah, Mourvèdre raised 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, filtered, 13-33,000 b

2017 ()

dark red; the bouquet is sweet, wide, filled, compact for now, shows Grenache plum fruits, sweet ripeness. The palate kicks off on a sweet, rolling trail, carries fleshy content, with a minor surge in delivery into the finish. This fills the glass well, has inner power, will suit game, casseroles. The aftertaste is gummy, lip-smacking. It’s a genuine glass of Cairanne. 14.5°. 33,000 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. From 2020. 20231-33 Mar 2019

2016 ()

mainly dark red colour; the nose is doughty, on beef stock, grilling, airs of black olives, licorice in the mix, a note of blueberry fruit in back. It’s still finding its path. The palate bears vigorous, spiced Grenache-led content, develops a cooked plums flavour as it goes, trails smoky tannins that need time to soften and absorb. It’s a fuelled wine, still on the raw side, so leave until spring 2021. There are definite garrigue connotations, is authentic Cairanne, with character. 15°. 29,000 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. 2035-37 Mar 2019

2015

dark robe. The nose smoulders with blackberry jam style fruit, has a warm plains thickness, an upper note of licorice, rosemary and sweet herbs. The palate breezes with fresh intent on the attack, dashes on black and blue berry fruit. It has a firm, muscled core, and the tannins are still steely, fresh, vigorous. This is grounded, firm wine with cool texture along the second half. The Syrah influence here comes through. There are rugged tannins for now. It ends on some sweet toffee. 14°. From late 2017. 2022-23 Jan 2017

2014

the robe is turning towards a subdued plum red. The nose issues a spiced, dry stones air, its black fruit a little squeezed. This drinks with an open spicing now, assembles some rather dry leaning tannins on the end. A traditional style of wine, best with stews. It could be brighter, but has a decent honesty of its place. It ends on a little shimmer of geranium. 14.5°. 32,000 b. GB£13.50, US$14.99. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. To 2018  May 2016

2012

dark red; warm Vaucluse garrigue air – broad and sunswept slopes come to mind, an oily, cooked red stone fruit quality, with a note of licorice. Black fruits, berries also appear on the nose. This is well-juiced, tasty, and the Mourvèdre brings length, licorice and texture. A senior quality Cairanne, STGT, with genuine local feel and good blending in unison. The finish is still on a dusty, stony note, but food will handle that. From mid-late 2014 to integrate the finish further. A spot-on example of Cairanne, and its fruit keeps entertaining the drinker along the palate. 14.5°. £11.99 at Majestic GB, is good VALUE. 2019-20  Oct 2013

2010

mild red robe, very Grenache in tone. Has a sweet, strawberry air, red fruit jam – this is an easy access nose, flecked with flint, licorice to give it mineral cut. The palate has a softly fruited debut, no forcing. It is a wee bit tame, but has a charming simplicity, shows a good, steady sequence along the palate. No Showbiz – good. Agreeable, and suited to white meats, for instance. 14.5°. To 2016 Feb 2012

2007 ()

dark, sustained red robe; the aroma of black cherry comes with a snappy attitude – there are licorice and pine notes, menthol and oak smoke. The palate has good, rather broad start, and a bonny gain of black cherry fruit at half-way, when it really gets going. There are successful late tarry moments, and an oak revival. A wine for robust, but clear fruit drinking with oak in the equation. Less oak here from latter part of 2009. 14°. 2016-18 Nov 2008

2006

quite full red plum colour; the aroma is curved – shows red fruits jam with something of the baked plateau about it, even cooked ham. The palate has a supple, red fruits start – it is all about its juice and flesh, ends a touch quietly. Drink now to late 2010 for that sweet fruit. 14.5° - 0.5° more than the 2007. Nov 2008

2005 ()

red robe has a little advance; the nose is at a holding moment – shows some garrigue heat, herbs, a low-key red plum jam. Its texture is becoming smooth, and continuous. There is still some tannic life late in the day – a small bout of energy there. Good length, a really agreeable, complete wine, without pretension. To 2013. Nov 2008