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40-95% Grenache, 0-60% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Syrah from sandy, clay-limestone, galet stone covered soils on Les Saintes Vierges (N-E), destemmed, 3 week vinification at up to 28°C, pumping overs, aged new-1 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, 6,000 b


(casks, bottling Dec 2015) dark red robe. The nose has a Cassis de Dijon intensity, a strong ball of blackcurrant fruit in the lead; there is a slight note of licorice, but it is very young and therefore not varied for now. The palate bears rolling black berry fruit with crisp tannins emerging towards the finish. This has good pulp of the grape at its heart, a fleshy gras. The finish is crunchy and demanding at present. 14°. 95% Gren, 5% Syr. 30,000 b. €19.95 is fair. From 2019. 2030-31  Oct 2015 


(casks) medium to full colour. Attractive berry fruit nose that is pure and expressive, with spice and red fruit (raspberry, cherry) to the fore. The palate has a similarly fruity aspect, but is light in weight. Lots of freshness here, but a touch of green shows on the finish. Its tannins a little edgy. Better on the nose than palate. From 2016. 14.5°. 2025-26 JL Oct 2014


sound red. Has a brewed black berry air, licorice and prune that adds depth. There are loganberry fruit airs as well, with tobacco present – this is dark, brooding. The palate is centred around a prune-tea flavour, has carbonic gas added; it ends on Indian spices. A compact, fairly muscled wine that is grounded in style, earthy, suited to autumn-winter drinking. It spreads across the palate, and its texture is oily for the most part. Needs time – it is a bit crunched up at the end. From 2015. 14.5°. 2026-27  Dec 2012