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The Wines

from young Beaucastel vines and crop from a rented 7 hectare vineyard in north of Châteauneuf, from Le Clos, Les Sinards, Chemin des Mulets, 60-70% Grenache, 15%+ Syrah, 15%+ Mourvèdre, destemmed, part heated before 12-14 day vinification, aged large barrel 12 months, fined, can be filtered, 100,000 b

2018 ()

(barrel) dark red robe; the bouquet gives an easy, well rounded aroma of blackberry fruit, prune, has a buffed leather sideline, tar, some local oiliness. The palate presents a ready attack of red-fruited, squeezy content, has lip-smacking tannins, finishes roundly. It’s a safe version of Châteauneuf, with cooked plum, Grenache fruit at its centre. From 2022. 2036-38 Oct 2019

2017 ()

dark red colour; the nose is an approachable, black-berry fruited opening, some spice seasoning present, and enough depth to accompany red meat, game. The palate gives supple content, has just been bottled, so is a bit low-key in its expression. The red fruit, plum flavour, lasts discreetly, and the tannins are gummy, fitting in pretty well. There is alittle mineral thread through it, and it has decent length This is a safe, agreeable 2017 Châteauneuf. 14.5°. Bottled recently. From late-2019. 2033-35 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(barrel) red robe, some purple. There is a ripe, typical Châteauneuf-du-Pape serenity on the nose, red fruits such as red cherry with harmony, pinpoint ripeness, and some licorice. It’s inviting, juvenile obviously, will vary over time. This is juicy, calm, a bonny wine of pleasure that comes with smooth tannins and squeezy gras richness. This is sing-song, very true Châteauneuf – it bears fine juice, is true Grenache on the palate, its balance good. It is a lovely package, all as one. From 2019. 2033-35 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(barrel) dark robe. The nose gives a safe, rounded aroma led by mulberry, loganberry fruit, trails a little sweetness. The palate announces a peppery, fluid wine, with trim content, a little on the restrained side. It could give more bursts of fruit and flavour, is rather down the line, prim. There is mild plum fruit on the go. It has a little insistence of length. From mid-2018. 2027-28 Sept 2016

2014

(barrel) dark red. The nose has an air of sweet, mulled mulberry fruit, combines depth with freedom. The palate links well to the nose, holds red fruits, liqueur coating around them with dried herbs, rocky notes. This is suave and gently full on the finish. Aromatic, tasty wine that will please. From 2018. 2027-29  Oct 2015

2013

full red robe. The immediate nose gives mulled raspberry fruit, has a biscuity, nutty tone alongside it. It is sunny and juvenile. The palate bears graceful red berry fruit with an oily coating around it. It is easy to appreciate and the tannins are mild though well entrenched. It builds intensity gradually towards the finish. From 2018. 2028-30 Oct 2015

2012

already bottled: dark red. Sultry, Casbah, exotic style first air, soaked, coulis red liqueur fruits with cinnamon, nut meg, some oxtail depth. The palate bears easy and open red fruit with a long tail finish, persists very well, its juice holding the stage. This is shaping up to be a good restaurant-bistrot Châteauneuf that gives licorice, menthol on the aftertaste. It ends neatly, firmly. Successful as an early, approachable, tasty Châteauneuf, in that category. Good drinkability, can be drunk from spring 2015; the finish still has bite. 2023-25  Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark, a shade sombre colour. Blackberry fruit, a fat aroma, en rondeur, has sound depth, shows menthol and rosemary. Mostly fruit prevails over all else. The palate gives fluid, sleek black fruit, picks up peppery tannins before a rather crunchy close. Young now, drink from late 2015. Its oiliness and juice appeal. The length is good. Sound, if a little modern, mainstream. 2024-26  Oct 2013  Previously Oct 2012 *** (barrel) comfortable full red robe, some black at its centre. Has a red cherry-jelly air. With a light cigarette ash influence, sage and thyme herb airs, brioche bread. This is mainstream Châteauneuf-du-Pape; its centre is red-fruited, red cherry. It has a little freshness along its sides, and gathers a grainy, smoky run at the end. The length is OK. Careful, restrained wine, suited to roast lamb, for instance. There is a red fruit finale, exit. I find this rather workmanlike. From spring 2014. 2021-22  Oct 2012

2010 ()

rather full robe. Sweet n`curvy nose, likeable sweetness with good, pliant red and black jam, prune in the air. Mainstream debut to the palate, a Châteaunuef-du-Pape with correct red berry jam flavour. Is not very nuanced, articulate. Needs leaving until 2014. Not an arresting wine, is easy going, no thrills and spills. Tannins congregate in a bunched mass on the finish. 2027-30 Nov 2011

2009 ()

three-quarter depth red; reductive, wee sweaty airs that are indistinct, some blackberry fruit in behind, herb touches. Gummy black fruit on the palate, which is wide, has a core of black berry fruit, lengthens quietly. Ends on cherry style fruit. There are light floral touches late on. The second bottle is clearer, less on the reduction, and better. Decant to be safe. From 2013. 2022-24 Sept 2011

2007 ()

nice full robe; red cherry, prune, mild vanilla, quietly cautious nose, comes with a few damp airs, as if on the move already. The palate has a supple texture, a generous mid-moment before the advance of secure tannins lending it structure. The palate fruit is ripe – prune, plum. Rounded, with a laocla warmth finish. Not that complex, leave until 2011 for more interest. “A generous wine,” F.Perrin. 2022-24 June 2010 Previously Nov 2008 *** (half the assemblage) notably full, dark robe, black tints. Rich, sweet aroma, the fruit like a raspberry coulis, with supple Grenache to the fore. It is smoky and wide, with some iris floral notes. The palate bears closely sealed red fruits: a ripe crop presence gives it a pliant texture. There is a hint of power late on – this is 15°+. It keeps running in a quietly solid way. From 2011 on this part of the final wine. To be bottled Feb/March 2009. 2020-22 Nov 2008

2006

full, quite bright dark red robe; there is a savoury tone to the bouquet, with black berries and loganberries that hold a violet note, and licorice along for the ride, too. Redondo shape on the attack, then it draws in and straightens, but never loses an easy, oily texture. Has some mid-palate, peppery tannins and a peppery aftertaste. Length is OK. There are oak effects on the finish. Just a bit middle of the road. From 2010. 2021-23 Nov 2007

2005

dark red robe, with some black in it. Reserved and latent red stone fruit aroma, with a sweet late curl. The palate is threaded with tannin; this spine does not as yet have overt or fleshy fruit around it. There are outcrops of good, pretty rich raspberry late on, with the overt spice of this vintage. Has a good potential for an orderly and progressive evolution. The red fruit on the late palate shows promise for the whole wine, and is good and ripe. From 2009. 2020-22 Nov 2007

2004

raisin, prune, round shape to bouquet, with some sweetness, then a pebbly late touch that freshens it. Generally ripe fruit on the palate, with some jam in the flavour, and edged by leather and tannin that amplifies late on: this pepperiness is less than one would find in a Gigondas, for instance. Sound length. From 2008. 2018-19 Dec 2006 Previously Oct 2006 **(*) brewed, lurking, skulking stone fruit bouquet in a hidden phase, though there is ripe fruit at its centre. Fleshy, overtly full wine, its tannins are evident and demand being left until 2009. Fair promise, has some local style. Tar and herbs on the finish. Length is OK. 2015-17 Oct 2006

2002

live berry fruit, a little smoky air. The palate is rich for the year, offers easy to appreciate red fruit that evolves into a drier, more mineral finish. Has no sharp edges, tastes well, its length is agreeable. Really friendly wine. Has a touch of late tannin and pebble. Not made to age, so capture its gourmand phase. To 2008-09  March 2005

2000 ()

red laced with a little ruby. Red jam, fruit gum aroma at a near second stage of evolution, veering towards the undergrowth: is low profile. Red fruits flavour, with a bosky, dry-textured topping. Scented fruit aftertaste. Has moved past its marked fruit stage, and the vintage is not especially generous, anyway. Result is that a pebbly texture prevails, and the shape is upright. Definitely needs autumn foods and cool days for best results. 2014-15 Aug 2006