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The Wines

40-50% Grenache (around the château, early 1920s), 40% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Muscardin, Counoise, Vaccarèse from galet stone soils, various, destemmed, 6 week vinification, cap punching, pumping overs,part vat emptying/refillings, aged 60% new, 40% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12-18 months (until early 2010s aged 2-3 year old casks), fined, filtered, 5-6,000 b

2016

(casks) dark robe, rather sombre. The nose is broad and well filled, has rich, calm depth on stewed fruits, prunes and an implicit sweetness. The palate stretches out on shapely content and goes long, with a tarry finale from its oak. This has good heart, and enough menthol style freshness to avoid being heavy. 15°. From 2021. 2033-36 Oct 2017

2013

(casks) medium to full robe. Has an attractive cherry and dark fruit aroma, with just the right pitch of ripeness. The palate is supple and fresh. Not a big wine, but one with super balance. It is elegant in style and has a real digestive quality. The tannins are finely honed. 15°. 50% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Mourv, 8% Cins, 7% Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, harvested 28 September, 2.2 gm residual sugar, 5,000 b. From 2017. 2027-28 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

(casks) dark robe, legs. Black raisin, full start to the nose, has a prune aroma with violet, primrose instincts, a slightly sizzled butter side to it, garrigue herbs – this is a punchy bouquet with plenty of contributors. The palate is a rolling, smooth ball of dark berry fruit with spiky, grippy tannins taking over towards the finish. A solid wine that needs time – from 2017. It has a black raisin, ripe foundation, with coffee and shades of oak adding to its late darkness, a sense of pine. The dry finish is a little concerning. 15°. 6,000 b. €57. 2026-27  Nov 2013

2007

handsome, full red robe; has a well-set blackberry aroma with black pepper bite on the top air, but essentially a liqueur nature, with coffee and black chocolate points in it. The air releases raspberry, red berries. This is a textured, glisteningly smooth wine, led by suave black fruits, along with a minor sense of alcohol, of interior power. The flavour is blackberry, with a dash of plum and their skins, while tannins comes forward at the end. Its sweet, smooth nature allows it to drink well now, but it could take on more variety if left. It will tick quietly along, and I suspect is high 15.5° or so – 15° on label. Has galloped into harmony since March in the Rhône. 2021-23 Sept 2009, Sussex Previously March 2009 ** live, liqueur style aroma – mulled red fruits with herbs in the air. The palate starts intensely – shows red fruit with an oak-smoke tang. The length is fair, the fruit overtaken by the oak. From 2012. 2019-21. March 2009

2000 ()

its dark red robe is evolving towards a matt hue, but is still pretty full. This has a plum and floral nose, a touch of sweet tea and an endive, rather vegetal note. There is coffee and game here, also. The palate is sweet-toned, coming along with the taste of Christmas cake – it is sweet all through. Like many of the Prestige category wines, late on it shows a flash of dryness. This runs on a prune, sweet trail – look out for it if you like that. 2018-19 Jan 2008