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100% Grenache from own vineyards at Bois Dauphin (N), Sainte Vierge (N-E), purchased crop from sandy soils on La Janasse (N-E), Les Saummades (N-E), Le Crau (E), Font du Loup (N-E), destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 2-year old 225-litre oak casks 12 months, fined, filtered, 8,500 b

2012 ()

(casks) medium+ red robe, legs. Upbeat, sweet strawberry appeal on the nose, a trace of violet, is very inviting thanks to its deep jam aroma – it makes you want to eat it with a spoon. It will take on some herbs, extra nuances. The palate repeats the nose – it is full of sweet, gourmand appeal, a fleshy red fruit with just a flash of spirit towards the finish, where thyme and licorice feature with a note of liqueur fruits. A spherical, fat Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but not overweighty. A Full Sun, no shade, wine in the glass. 15.5°. 2023-25  Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark red robe, the top rim more pale. Careful, reserved nose with the depth to go forward and be expressive, holds sustained red simmered fruits, liqueur in style; there is a reflection of baked plains. The palate is an interesting mix of mineral and cool red fruit, the shape upright – a Grenache of holding back. Traditional, well done, its tannins needing two years; the fruit becomes compressed by them late on. Has character. A bonny spot of red fruit lies at its centre and late palate. 15.5°. 2026-28  Oct 2013