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70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, 2% Muscardin, Counoise from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on La Grenade (S-E), Chemin de Sorgues (S-E), La Petite Bastide (S-E), Fangueiron (S-E), La Rigole (S-E), Cansaud (S-E), destemmed, 22-24 day steel vat vinification at 18°-30°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, turbo cap punching, aged 33-67% large barrel, 33-67% concrete vat 12 months, 100-250,000 b

2018

(large barrel/concrete vat, bottling March 2020) the robe is a dark red with a matt hue. The bouquet is brewed, stewed, wide, centres on smoked plum fruits, spice. The palate has a garrigue presence, mixed herbs, plum fruits with sweetness towards the finish. Its juice is thick. The length is sound. It’s a little heavy in style, will be good with stews, game dishes. 14°. 100,000 b. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 8% Mourv, 5% Cins, 1% Muscardin, 1% Counoise. €25. From mid-2022. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017

(large barrel/concrete vat, bottling March 2019) dark red, gentle top rim. Boiled beef, pork scratchings feature in a doughty nose, one with black olives airs, some warm plains. The palate bears cooked berry fruits with a lack of togetherness from the mid-point, running a little here and there. There is spine, though, so it can fuse, is an unpretentious drop of Châteauneuf, just a tiny bit disorganised on the finish for now. The length will be good in time. 14°. 100,000 b. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 8% Mourv, 5% Cins, 1% Muscardin, 1% Counoise. From 2022. 2040-42 Oct 2018

2015

(barrel/vat) quite a full red colour. Blackberry and elder flower line up on the nose, which has a soft sweetness, is curvy. The palate attacks on gourmand content, a succulent aspect to it. It tightens towards the finish, leaves a knuckle of grainy content there. That is a good sign, indicating that it can vary, and engage the drinker, over time. It has a savoury potential, is a wine of true virtues. The aftertaste is lightly peppery. 14°. From mid-2018, with decanting an option to help to prise it open. 2033-35  Sept 2016

2014

(large barrel/concrete vat, bottling June 2016) medium red robe. The nose revolves around plum and raspberry fruit, with a latent charge of strength. A few notes of herbs add to the interest. The palate centres on Grenache and this year its stone fruited, free style, with currently firm tannins pretty much in step. The finish is clear, after the tasty prologue, and captures the vintage well. This propels some sunny rays into the glass. STGT moments here. 13.5°. 150,000 b. €20: sound Value. From mid-2018. 2031-32  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(large barrel/concrete vat) deep purple colour. Has spicy red fruit aroma on the nose. The palate is juicy and pure in expression – it presents supple red fruit and spice again. Fine tannins in behind offer structure, freshness and length on the finish. An elegant package that gives a good expression of the vintage. 14°. From 2016. 2026-27 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

fair depth red; easy going, open Grenache, fat aroma, raspberry and black berry mixed nicely together – this bouquet has an appealing, sweet curve. The palate sequels well from the nose, and accentuates the sweet roundness, the tasty prune and coated black fruiting. The finish is round, almost perfumed. An attractive, no obstacles wine. From 2015. 14°. 33% large barrel raising, €15, 150,000 b. 2028-30 Nov 2013

2011 ()

quite a dark red. Has a brewed fruit air, some mystery and potential, one that leads with soaked raspberries, licorice – shows the fat of the Grenache. The palate is soundly fruited, smoothly textured. Fine late acidity and minor tannins appear. The finale reflects red cherry fruit. A fun style wine, sweet but aromatic. Attractive, if a bit simple. Has fair length, is very 2011. 14°. From 2014. 2026-28  Dec 2012

2010

deep red core to the robe. The bouquet is expressive already – shows redcurrant, red berry fruit with a tone of garrigue-herbs in behind – this has local airs, rubbed stones present. The fruit grips the palate – it runs in a straight line, has texture and richness built in. It is juvenile now, but from late 2012 will be showing enough to satisfy. There are nicely assembled parts in this genuine wine. 14°. Bottled Nov 2011. Fair price of €15 at the cellars. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2009

clear, sound red; soaked cherry fruit, Grenache-centric bouquet, good depth, comes with a light sprinkle of herbs and fennel. The palate connects well to the nose, seamlessly. Balance and length good here. All very, very orderly, offers suave drinking. A very good Tradition. Precise Grenache, a good example of 2009. Exits on flint, menthol. 14.5°. 2028-30 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 ***** (barrel/vat) dark red; mulled, slightly soupy nose – shows biscuity elevage or raising notes, is a big armful and has blackberry potential. This is an ample, busty sort of wine, one that dispenses largesse, es un rico gordo. It is fat to the end, where it develops a glow of power. There are herbal inferences late on, aniseed touches. It is very true, has great texture, real silk. There is imposing richness here, a wine that will be liked. It is persistent and powerful. From 2013. 2027-29 Oct 2010

2008

(barrel) mild red robe. Cautious red berry aroma, sweet airs, quiet appeal. The palate starts on a sweet, jam-like red fruit flavour. It takes on pockets of acidity, also more “green”, not fully ripe influences. It narrows, which is a concern after half way, but time may settle that to some extent. Light wine. From 2011. 2019-20 Dec 2009

2007

(barrel) well filled red robe; has a friendly aroma – red cherry jam, jello, simmered berries. The palate is mid-plus deep – red berry here with a kick of tannin after halfway. It lasts OK, and ends with a tangy air, a salty note. Agreeable, without a big impact. Not especially full on the aftertaste. 2023-25 Nov 2008

2006 ()

the robe is a good example of maturing Grenache – a healthy plum red with a still deep centre. Smoke, pipe tobacco, blackberry liqueur aroma, all well mixed up with a hint of oak, licorice. The palate is chunky, but has a fluid thread of liqueur style, textured fruit. It ends on the oak-char of its raising with some herbs, smoke again. It is more on the oak than I would have expected. From late 2013. 14.5°. 2027-29  Dec 2012 Previously Nov 2008 *** dark red, black traces; wide, encompassing bouquet, has a full charge in it, some snappy tannins that give out a thread of licorice abd baked stones – it is almost waiting to break out. The palate black fruit is fresh enough to be more newly made jam than prune for now, is trimmed with violet. Its texture is fleshy all through, the length sound. Sympa wine of restrained richness, solid quality. A softer finale with less tannin from late 2010. 2025-27 Nov 2008 Previously Nov 2007 *** (barrel sample) some black in its dark red robe; the nose is led by black berries, is soft and almost understated, though there is a little bone in it, with a dark earth couch. The palate has a floral, soft and easy start, bearing scented black fruits in a jam style. Lengthens pretty well, and has a tingle of late mineral, pepper and licorice. Rather plain, down the line wine, but it is sound. From mid-2009. 2024-26 Nov 2007

2005

red with some darkness at centre; brewed cherry aroma with a nutty top note, there is also scented tea that brings a sweet underlay. Supple, raspberry start, holds welcoming, easy fruit, is a bit of a flatterer. Sweet n’easy wine, with no great horizon ahead. Length not great. Lacks real interior drive, is perfectly reliable and will sell in the supermarkets with its fruit pastilles flavour. 2016-19 Nov 2006

2004

mild, matt red. Subdued, low-key red fruit on bouquet. Simple red fruit on palate, more like a Côtes du Rhône Villages in its simplicity. Length is OK, but I bet this has been diluted by Prestige wines. Drink now to 2017. Oct 2006

2003 ()

red with some black at the centre of a maturing robe. There is a sweet tenor to the bouquet – soaked cherry, liqueur, fruit pastilles, tar: there is a good little space and clarity in the top air. The palate has a Grenache-led roundness, comes with a smooth texture – is a very drinkable and tasty wine thanks to it s sweet cohesion. The tannins on the end are settling into it, and still leave a nutted aspect on the aftertaste. Very sound and enjoyable. 14.5°. 2020-22 June 2008

2000

a magnum: plum with some ruby in the robe. Holds a nicely plump aroma – sweet, mildly spiced black jam and a little game lurking behind; there are downhome instincts, and iodine here, too. The start to the palate is roundly shaped, and the black fruits still have some dash and a certain energy from half way, as some tannins appear. This is a ¾ depth wine, its black fruit running pretty clearly. It finishes on a satisfactory rounded note. To 2022 if a magnum, less if a bottle, say 2017-18. June 2008