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32-75% Grenache, 5-38% Syrah, 5-15% Cinsault, 4-7% Muscardin, 1-7% Counoise, 0-5% Terret noir, 0-1% Mourvèdre, 0-1% Vaccarèse, destemmed, 4 week vinification at 28°-30°C, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 90% steel vat, 10% large oak barrels 18 months, first wine 2016

2019

(vat/barrel) dark red robe; the bouquet is an artful blend of dried herbs, thyme for example, with smoky dark berry fruit, has garrigue connotations. The palate bears free dark cherry fruit with oak hints on the second half, has spine and structure, will evolve gradually and steadily. It’s a wine that will draw together, and expand, as it ages, carries interest. Grenache plum fruit towards the finish goes long, a typical note there. It’s polished, well made, will please. From 2022-23. 2041-43 Nov 2020

2018

(concrete vat/casks, bottling late 2020) full red colour; the nose carries sweetness, show prune, cooked blackberry airs, a note of sweet herbs and a hint of musky flowers. The palate commences with that sweet inclination, is a gourmand affair, easy to like, has a strawberry jam flavour, with a small increase in intensity towards the persistent finish. It shows natural Grenache virtues, isn’t one of the neo, streamlined brigade, is well suggestive of its place. 14.5°. 38% Syr, 32% Gren, 15% Cins, 7% Counoise, 7% Muscardin, 1% Vaccarèse. €28. From 2022-23, decanting useful. 2041-43 Oct 2019

2016

robe quite dark red, see through top. The nose has a jam-like presence, red fruits with notes of tar, lacks precision. The palate has a savoury nature, bears red fruits with a pastille leaning, the tannins a little unrefined. There’s a vegetal, rather edgy aftertaste. It lacks fusion, scope. From late-2020, cross fingers, but low hope. 14°. 75% Gren, 10% Cins, 5% Syrah, 5% Muscardin, 5% Terret noir, Counoise. Bottled July 2018. 2030-32 Dec 2019 Previously March 2019 fine red robe; the nose combines fried herbs, spice, with cosy Grenache red fruits, plum, some strawberry. The palate goes for a soft texture, a mild expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – an easy welcome before an increase in fuel and depth. Its tannins are well melded within. The finish is the most obvious Châteauneuf moment, as some local intensity comes along. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, doesn’t really sing as a unity. 14.5°. From 2022. 2040-42 March 2019