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85% Grenache (1929, 1943), 15% Mourvèdre (1967) from sandy soils on Les Bédines (N-E), Giigasse (N-E), whole bunch fermentation, 18-21 day vinification, some manual cap punching, pumping overs, up to 27°C at end, vat raised 36 months minimum, fined, unfiltered

2016

very dark, deep red. Musky herbs, liqueur fruit airs lead the nose, soaked, ample cherries with the stones present. There’s a darker note of cassis, beef stock, a hint of baking from the warm summer. The palate is dark, elemental, vigorous; it stretches out with a really solid couch of black berry fruit and the tannins bring some primal nourishment to the close. The Mourvèdre adds elegance to the flow of the fruit, I note. Reach for the knife and fork to drink this! It gives a real southern panorama, with black olives, pine and great persistence on the finish. There is a good dose of menthol on the aftertaste that brings definition to proceedings. Really good grass roots Châteauneuf here, brim full of character. Decant it. 14.5°. From 2022, but if you like a real life force buzz, have a go on one bottle now. 2048-51 Oct 2018

2015 ()

classic red, hint of ruby, robe. The bouquet has a rounded, warm red fruit aroma, sweet plums, fruit essence present. It’s broad, and calm. The palate has a meaty, well-filled content, picks up the fibre and tang of the stems as it goes; their thread is helpful in providing shade in the roll of rich red fruits, and the finish has a menthol, smoky, tangy note that adds interest. The tannins have a savoury aspect, are thick, just a little dry still. This is a wine of character, is STGT, with traditional virtues, lots of herbes de Provence, a real steady Châteauneuf heartbeat. Decanting advised. Be in no hurry: from 2021 at the earliest.  2038-40 Mar 2018

2014 ()

dark red, a hint of ruby on the top rim. There’s a real trail of spice, pepper on the nose, suggestive of a rainy rather than sun-filled vintage. Airs of musky dried flowers, Christmas brandy cake hold the court at its centre. The palate starts with a creamy, mulled fruits texture, the red fruit of the Grenache lying well ai tis heart. The tannins are on the raw side, somewhat chalky, but the wine has genuine character and stimulus from the garrigue lands. There are crisp, smoky notes of raisin and iodine, with date on the finish. Good with tajine of lamb, long marinaded red meats. The tannins can smooth out a little over time, and this can be left until 2021. 14.5°. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2013 ()

bold dark red, magenta, comes with shine, legs visible. The nose has a compressed depth, hints at blackberry, blueberry, lozenges of fruit, a light note of licorice, a hover of kirsch, liqueur, high octane. The palate hands out direct, crisp fruit with perky tannins, runs with great freedom. It has a sandy soil purity in its fruit, dark red fruit. This is a plucky, genuine Châteauneuf-du-Pape holding good local attributes, has STGT potential. The fruit has a smooth quality, and the depth is good and safe. There is a soaked cherries intensity in pockets here. It  goes long, is very persistent. Highly enjoyable and authentic. 14.5°. 2031-33 Nov 2015

2012 ()

shiny, attractive full red robe, a grand do. The bouquet is a great example of ripe, genuine Châteauneuf, comes with mulled fruits, dusted garrigue herbs. It has plenty to unfurl over time. This is highly authentic, most becoming wine with old vine fruit, unhurried intensity. The tannins provide a light grainy note, and the finish is savoury, carries precision in its well wrapped fruit content. It is full, but also cool, and not solar. There are salty dabs on the aftertaste. This is ace. I give it big marks for character and local typicity. It is going well and vigorously now. 14.5°. 2031-33 Dec 2015

2009

(vat) quite a full red; raisin-date, wide and cushioned air – the nose is sustained. Chunky, robust, traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape power – a gutsy, grounded wine. It rolls on its power, is sunny and ample. Suited to winter foods. From 2014. 2023-4-26 Sept 2011