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70-95% Grenache, 0-20% Syrah, 5-10% Mourvèdre from sandy soils on Grand Pierre (N-E), destemmed, 30 day vinification at up to 30°C, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 600-litre oak casks 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, 3,000 b

2011

dark, shiny robe, legs. This has a broad, also deep bouquet – it is led by blackberry, with an oak-resin coating inside. It has violet and licorice, forest airs in it. There is a good mix of richness and movement along the palate: the black cherry fruit is tasty, supple, has its oak in fine register inside and along it. This is building into a fine bottle. Modern, well-made, rather classy. From 2015. 15°. 2028-29 70% G this year.  Dec 2012 

2010 ()

(barrel) quite a full red robe. The nose is reserved, unyielding: there is a suggestion of red plum, some sort of smoke, flint and rubbed stones. The palate is compact, with the potential to open and develop. The tannins are rather wiry, but the red fruit is generous and unreserved within. Its tannins give it cut and an ash-smoke or cendré effect at the end, clack. A bit cellar-led for now. From late 2014. 2029-31 Dec 2011

2009

three-quarter depth red, not sustained. Brioche bread, nutty airs backdrop to the black cherry fruit on the nose. The palate starts with a tickle of acidity, runs directly, lacks real focus, is here and there. Is incomplete now. Brett hovers after 2 hours. From 2014. 15°. 2027-29 Sept 2011