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from La Gardine, 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah (av age 52 years), wine with no sulphur dioxide at any stage from 2005, whole bunch fermentation, cap punchings only with carbonic gas added each time, vat raised 7-8 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2003, 3,000 b


full, dark robe; the nose is brewed, insistent, primal, carries ripe, liqueur style black fruit. It’s a full, assertive opening. The palate is pepped with carbonic gas, and carries a stream of raspberry fruit with glint in the texture. The tannins are active, ripe enough. The fruit quality is clear, which is one of its strong suits. It is fresh on the aftertaste. It’s a wine of scale, a little obvious, can get together. From 2021-22. 2036-38 Oct 2019

2016 ()

(vat) dark robe, deep. The nose gives a real straight out of the vat aroma of crushed nutshells, licorice, has style and freedom. It is mainly wine, a little grape juice in style. The palate gives a convincing run of black fruits which are tasty and savoury. There is a hint of life, of perlant, on the tip of the tongue. This is pure and enjoyable, its freshness appealing. Very good wine for the CHR trade, runs on w.o.w. lines, holds entrancing fruit. From spring 2018. 2023-25 if well and stably stored. Oct 2017


solid, quite full red; nutty, crunchy fruit nose that is young. Very Grenache-shaped palate, comes with the flavour of cooked fruit, plum. It lengthens on a firm note. Has a tea, herbal finish. Its nature is one of a wine just out of the vat. An elegant wine with good fruit. Achieves what the Brunels set out for – pliant, tender wine. 2019-20 Sept 2011

2008 No Rating


2007 ()

(vat) dark robe – black and purple. The bouquet is sappy – it bears fleshy, ripe blackberry fruit, and comes with charcoal surrounds and damp dark soil. There is a lining of oak and tannin along the black fruits on the palate. The fruit is secondary to the oak now, and the mix of end heat plus oak renders it a gasping wine late on. The aftertaste of raisin and chocolate comes from the Oenologue`s Manual – the classic formula. It doesn’t show a fleshy moment to reassure me about the oak now, so leave, and if drinking – decant it. From 2010. 2016-18 Nov 2008

2005 ()

has a full, blackberry nose, with a tender air, and some figs seemingly. This has kept well, and established itself, despite the sulphur absence. The palate is good and tight knit – there is black berry fruit here. It ends on some dryness, but the fruit carries pretty well. Good clarity, a loose limbed wine. “Peur Bleue at this age can be drunk with saucisson, spaghetti Bolognese, cheeks or pork, lamb in tagine – where there is a bed of onion and saffron and ginger go with it – or cheese,” Patrick and Eve Brunel. To 2012-13? June 2008 Previously March 2007 *** full robe; open, friendly, very elegant bouquet with a good mix of a little sweetness and freshness – herbs and nuts here, too. Crisp, live black fruit start, with some violet, then it settles more. Tannins are evident and live on the finish. Quite a fine wine. To 2011-12 “We are after maximum fruit with the protection of carbonic gas or little cellar intervention. It must be stocked carefully – a Eurocave is ideal,” Patrick Brunel March 2007 Previously Nov 2006 *** quite dark; clear fruit on bouquet, as if Syrah playing a strong rôle here – has an elegant shape, and shows dark fruits with some bosky tones. Cherry, black fruits on palate – is tight and upright now. Mineral tone comes out on the late palate. From 2009. 2016-19


rather animal aroma, firm set of fruit – black berry and nut. Some roundness on the palate, but overall is tight-knit. A wine with nerve, its tannins are live (like the 2005’s), and bring a sprinkle of pepper. Some weight on the finish. Good attack fruit – the black berries. Tannins are marked on the finale. To 2010? March 2007 Previously Oct 2006, London *(*) dark robe; upright, oaked nose, has some black fruit within and a potent nature. The chief symptom is a tarry alcohol – this isn’t appealing now. Has a rasping side, with acidity evident. Can settle, indeed must settle. From 2009. 2013-15