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95-100% Grenache, 0-5% Syrah, destemmed, 30-35 day concrete vat vinification at 25°C, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching, aged new 600-litre oak casks 18 months, unfiltered, first wine 2010, 5,000 b

2017 ()

(casks, bottling May 2019) full, dark red; the nose has an aroma of macerated raspberry, soaked red cherries or griottes, is fat and persistent. The palate rumbles with scaled content presented in a smooth run, the dimension noticeable towards the finish.  The aftertaste brings in cherry stone, kirsch style flavours, the spirit slightly on the outside. It’s a thorough wine, with the texture helping it in the delivery of its powerful inner content. 15.5°. 5,000 b. 100% Grenache. €75. From 2023. 2040-43 Oct 2018

2016

(casks, bottling May 2018) full, matt-hued robe. The bouquet is broad, potentially generous, has a good depth of spice and crushed red fruits, slight oak apparent. The palate is broad and giving, the content nice and fleshy, Redondo. There is a lip smack aftertaste, the tannins gourmand, tasty. This will please, and go well with game dishes. 15.4°. 5,000 b. 100% Grenache. From 2020-21. 2038-40  Oct 2017

2015

(casks) red robe. The nose gives immediate pepper, clove airs, a Christmas box of spices, dates. It’s a bit dogged, doesn’t spring out. The palate holds gummy content, based on red fruits, with an eking out of late juice. This has a baked style, is very much a wine of the hot south. It could be finer, and more joyous. The aftertaste comes with red fruits, dry-noted tannins. Let’s see, not sure for now. 15°. From 2019. 2033-35 Sept 2016

2012 ()

(casks, bottling May 2014) 100% Gren, 5,000 b this year, up from 2,400 for the 1st year of 2010. Sombre, quite dark red. The nose is wide, firm, reflects acetate, a marked liqueur red cherry, a sense of eau de vie, ie power. It is Grenache-centric (tasted blind) and herbs lie ensconced in it. The palate cartwheels away on its immediate delivery of welled-up plum fruit, with a lot of tannin implanted. The aftertaste is stoked up, powerfully insistent and the grain of its tannins require being let for say 3 years. There are licorice, brioche baked bread notes on the aftertaste. Drink with venison, casseroles. This has an attacking style with local heat and strength and all in the same bateau. From 2017. 2032-34  Nov 2013

2010 ()

(casks) purple in the dark red top rim; the nose gives the air of soaked fruit, it is one of plenty, a marked southern abundance, by design, just gets away with it, before straying into more heavy after dinner sipping status. The palate has this rich, overtly sappy texture, is aimed at sweet tooth markets, no doubt. It ends on prune, chocolate flavours. More lift would make it a finer wine. Wait until 2016 so it is less obviously concocted. €60, that is high. Not a wine I would buy. 2030-33 Dec 2011