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85% Grenache, 15% Syrah, purchased wine from Laudun (Gard), Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes (Drôme), mainly clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification at up to 28°C, twice daily pumping overs, cap punching, aged 70% steel vat, 30% 228-litre oak casks & large 40 hl barrels 12 months, fined, filtered, old name was Les Brottiers, 150,000 b


shiny dark red; this has a soaked cherries aroma, a nuggety, raisin-like, also leafy note in it. The palate holds spiced fruit, with grainy, powdery tannins. It continues steadily, so will drink well with red meats dishes, also pork, for example. Has sound depth for a 2014, too. More traditional than modern. 13.5°. 150,000 b. €6.90. To 2018  Jun 2015 


(vat/barrel) sound, quite bright red. There is a smoky darkness in the deep red fruit aroma, which serves up the requisite pepper, also thyme, gives a leather note and is of earthen qualities. The palate fruit is good quality – cassis, small berries – with a helpful freshness to make it easily drinkable. The finish is still rather severe, tarry. Well assembled wine, which has the 2012 signature, a bit of stiffness in it. From spring 2014. 13.5°. 2018-19  Oct 2013