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60-70% Grenache, 15-20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, Counoise from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Farguerol (N-W), 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, some cap punching, aged 90% steel vat, 10% oak casks 12 months (until mid-2000s was large 50 hl Russian barrels 18-24 months), 30,000 b

2017

(large barrel/steel vat) dark red colour. The bouquet is reserved, but wide, rests on a note of roast pork, a suggestion of raspberry coulis fruit. Its depth is quietly sturdy. The palate has a butty, close-knit composition, is well grounded, and finishes with a chewy, no holds barred nature, the tannins right there as it presses on. This is a genuine Châteauneuf, with local character, and a good level of drive. 15°. 20,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins. From 2022. 2042-44 Oct 2018

2016

(barrel/casks/vat) dark plum red colour. The nose has an aroma of ripe blackberry fruit with black olives, cooked figs, a hint of mocha. The palate is spicy, darkly fruited, has a good “grunt”, grounded nature, with compressed content and tannins that have strength, and aren’t polished in the modern way. This is an STGT, classic traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and presents a firm mouthful for game, red meats. 15°. 60% Gren, 15% Syr, 10% Mourv, Cins, Counoise. From 2020. 2038-41 Oct 2017

2015

(vat/casks) quite a dark red. The nose is rounded, comes forward well, leading on cosy blackberry and blueberry fruit, a sense of coulis about it, and a note of iodine. The palate delivers agreeable dark berry fruit with enjoyable juiciness until the arrival of salted, slightly rocky tannins. This travels well, and will fuse nicely. It’s understated and genuine. The finish is attractive, with plenty of free flow juice still there as it signs off. From mid-2018. 2033-36 Sept 2016

2011 ()

(bottling Feb 2013) medium depth red; subdued stewed blackberry air that also contains prune, has a not of tobacco, ground coffee and spice. The palate delivers peppery black fruit, seems to happen rather fast – there is a dip before the finish. There is a low-key sweetness here – it is traditional, a plain wine with dark, near bitter strokes on the finish. From spring 2014. 15.5°. €19.90. 2027-29  Dec 2012

2009

bottled already: even red, purple. Red liqueur fruit on the nose, has a curve of sweetness, a pimary bubble of appeal. Simple fruit, red jelly taste on the palate – it does not yet have much extra nuance than that. The finale is sweet. A sunny wine that lacks complexity. Is OK now, correct, but low on mystery. Some late acidity. 13.5°. To 2026-28 Oct 2010

2004 ()

red robe is a little matt in tone; soft, light jam aroma with an earthy air. Assertive attack, some fair matter in mid-palate, then a rather heated aftertaste. Quite traditional in style. There is tension from its alcohol. I hope it can settle. Try in 2007. 2020-22 June 2006