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9-50% Mourvèdre (1980s), 25-50% Grenache (1952), 25-42% Syrah (1993), from sandy-limestone soils at the higher part of the domaine, destemmed, 2 week vinification of separate varieties, a little more for the Mourvèdre, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling at gravity of 1030, aged 100% steel vat 18 months, unfined, filtered, made as Villages in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 12,500-16,000 b

2011 ()

this ended up in the Côtes du Rhône Vignes du Prieuré to give that a helping hand: (vat) medium red robe. Plum, strawberry, willing nose that mixes black raisin, barbecued meat, smoke and beef – it is full. The peppery palate, holds black soaked fruits, runs with a line of spirit, Morello cherry in it, and so has a line of eau de vie in it. Licorice, tar and charcoal come through on the finish. It isn’t really truly fat and gras, is OK on the surface, though. Needs food and more time, can improve. 2017. 50% Gren, 41% Syr, 9% Mourv, 12,200 b, steel vat raised this year. Oct 2012

2010

decent red colour. Elder-blackberry fruit mix in a bright bouquet which is open, carries airs of nutmeg and laurel, presents a good start. The palate delivers a wave of softening, spiced black fruit, with a fat and textured mid-palate; it moves into raspberry, more tranquil zones on the finish. The length is decent. 14°. €5.20. To 2017  Oct 2013 Previously Feb 2012 **(*) hints of dark plum in the red robe; has a wide bacon-barbecue smoke first air, that also offers coffee notes; it is reductive, and its black fruit is lying hidden. The palate is chunky on the start, runs right across the palate, has a plunging intensity of berry flavour. The finale is solid, with resin notes there. A pretty much untamed wine, risks being OTT, over the top – I find it dangerously full on. From mid-2013. 14°. To 2018. 50% Gren, 20% Syr, 21% Mourv, 12,500 b, steel vat raised this year.  Feb 2012

2009

mottled red robe, not clear. Has a wall-like aroma, shoulders of breadth, dark instincts. Reduction hovers within the black fruits airs – the bouquet needs 12+ months. Chunky palate, with some taut tannins, needs to ease. Acidity fibrillates on the late stages, before a firm, licorice-chocolate end. Decent matter in this. Has character. 14°. From late 2012. 2016-17. 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah this year. April 2011

2007

full red, some purple. The nose gives a ripe raspberry aroma, raspberry liqueur, some baked stones, heat and sun are implied. Blackberry, violet lead flavours – delivered with a squeezy texture, is supple, a wine for the sofa, very juicy and long. It ends on a flourish, and is rightly more complete there than the Côtes du Rhône. Lots of juicy promise here – this can be drunk early thanks to its live, open fruit. The tannin at the end will be softer from 2010. 14.5°. 2017-18. Nov 2008