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70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre from mixed soils inc galet stones, sand, limestone on Beau Renard (N-W), Bois Dauphin, Combes Masques (N-W), Les Grandes Serres (S), Les Pradel (N-W), Les Saintes Vierges (N-E), purchased crop, destemmed, 4 week concrete vat vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, raised 55% large barrel, 20% concrete vat, 15% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks, 10% new 228-litre oak casks 12 months, 50,000 b

2018 ()

(large barrel/casks/vat, bottling Jan 2020) dark red robe; the bouquet has a classic Châteauneuf warmth, sweetness, rests on a gracious couch of aromatic mixed red fruits, a ripe, liqueur side to them, notes of mixed herbs. The palate continues the theme of elegance via its smooth texture, and gourmand qualities, serving plenty to be enjoyed. The red fruits are ripe and sit in velvet-like surrounds, the tannins also well seasoned, the finish elegant, just a note of glow there. This doesn’t cross into the “too much” category, but is a wine for a few sips only, with a noble dish of game attached. 14.5°. 50,000 b. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. €26. From 2023. 2043-45 Oct 2019


(large barrel/casks/concrete vat, bottling Jan 2019) sober dark red robe; the nose sits quietly, on stewed bramble fruits, notes of black olives. The palate has a minted, wavy collection of black fruits, with a tasty heart, continues well into a well-juiced finish. This is promising, holds sound balance. The tannins are sweet, gummy for now, and the fruit has finesse. 14.5°. 50,000 b. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. From 2021. 2038-40 Oct 2018


(barrel/vat/casks, bottling Feb 2018) sturdy red colour. The nose has a blackberry fruit aroma with some sweetness and inkiness, notes of cooked fig. The palate is brothy, bears stewed black fruits with a little tingle of dark tannin, and a smoky note on the aftertaste. It’s a little plain, low on character. 14.5°. 50,000 b. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. €25. From mid-2019. 2033-36 Oct 2017


(casks/vat) dark red colour. The bouquet saunters along with quiet rolls of black berry fruit, has a relaxed depth, nothing forced. Prune and licorice are also present. It speaks of warm lands. The palate is tight, compressed, with a gradual issue of red fruit that has a garrigue style. The aftertaste gives assertive tannins out on their own, but a genuine extra leg comes from them. There is a smoky, ash-style sign-off. From 2020. 2035-38 Sept 2016