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90-100% Grenache, 0-5% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre from the best of the 1936 Grenache from 3 hectare plot on galet stone soils with limestone on Cansaud (S-E), Les Serres (S-E), Les Coulets (S-E), Crousroute (S-E), destemmed, 30 day steel vat vinification at 22°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling at gravity of 1030, aged 600-litre oak casks 18 months (until mid-2010s aged 20% new oak casks, 80% large 46 hl barrel 18 months), fined, unfiltered, only made in the best vintages, first 2001 (v little), then 2004, 3-6,500 b

2016 ()

(casks/barrel) dark red, legs. The nose is very ripe, based on sweet prune fruit, dates, has a little perfume, is a weighty intro. The palate bears compact, dense matter with a deep black stone fruit presence coming forward towards the finish. The aftertaste is on a sweet succulence of plum-prune, cooked fig, is just a bit sticky. This is a wine to sip, a trifle on the demanding side in that respect. 15.3°. 4,500 b. From 2021. 2032-35 Oct 2017

2012 ()

(bottling March 2014) dark, full colour; this is bi wine judging from its broad, imposing nose. There are airs of pine, black olive, southern sun with prune fruit beyond. The palate is sturdy, filled up, has a date, spiced centre. Oak comes forward. It ends on lip smack, tar and oak. A Big production wine that pushes along. There is pretty good oily matter inside the oak. From 2017. 14.5°. 3,000 b, 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv. €34. 2028-30  Nov 2013

2010 ()

(barrel) dark red. The nose is wide, has a sweet interior, a ripe red stone fruit air, also notes of roast lamb, licorice – this is a pretty big scale debut. The red fruit on the palate is finer than the nose would imply – it runs rather freely, picks up spice and cut in its late moments, extending well. The tannins are taut for now, need to both relax and integrate. There is a point of Grenache red fruit right on the aftertaste. From 2014. 2029-31 Dec 2011

2008 No Rating



2 different sample bottles tried, on different days Sample 1 at the Château (vat, to be bottled in 12 months) mild red colour; sweetly mannered red jam fruit, the red fruits and flowers are classic Grenache en finesse. The palate starts directly, is nicely pure at half way, reaches out with some tannin. Wild strawberry in the flavour. Good sinew in its flow. “This needs a long raising to calm and polish itself,” Eloï Durrbach. From 2012. 2023-26 Nov 2008 Bottle 2 at Châteauneuf-du-Pape: NR low-key red; fragrant, strawberry aroma that is rather fragile, floral touches. Unconvincing fruit, slim fibre and by Day 2 this was re-fermenting. A bad cask sample. Nov 2008


there is heart in the red robe. Hint of orange at the top. The nose is solid, knit – baked red fruit, has potential. Good, compact red fruit on the palate – it spreads out well, and settles on a full, tannin-infused tar finish. Grenache with attitude here, backed by ripples of tannin. It ends freshly. There is lots in this beau wine. 2023-24 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 ***(*) Grenache-inspired red robe; red jam aroma, with a lacing of what is like salt – a top clarity. Has a mild start, quiet fruit, then sound grip as it runs along. Is true to its variety, and gains some “beef” late on with its nutty tannins. Clear on the finish. Is still making its way, and can soften by around 2010. 2022-24 Jan 2008


mild cherry, transparent top colour. The nose is compact, even mute – there is baked red fruit here, strawberry at its heart. The palate is softly textured, with a sprinkle of tannin in it – white pepper – and a rather wiry frame around it. Shows late power, late heart, the length is sound. Leave until late 2010 – it is now at an intermediary moment. Good with partridge, fowl. 2020-22 Nov 2008