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70-80% Grenache, 10-25% Syrah, 0-5% Cinsault, 0-5% Mourvèdre from galet stone covered soils on Pied-Redon (S-E), Syrah destemmed, other varieties whole bunch, 4-5 week vinification at up to 28°C in 90% concrete vat, 10% steel vat, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 40% used 600-litre oak casks, 30% used 228-litre oak casks, 30% steel vat (before mid-2010s raised 67-100% 228-litre oak casks, 25-33% enamel vat 11-14 months), 9-12,000 b

2018

dark red; peppery, powdery airs lead the nose, a hint of violets and a degree of floral appeal present, trim cassis fruit at its centre. The palate runs with quality content, is well refined, and its tannins fit well, bringing live appeal. A savoury aspect serves it well. The aftertaste revives a note of fine powder in the tannins. It will be quietly stylish. 15.3°. 12,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins. €22. From 2022. 2040-42 Oct 2019

2017

(casks/vat, bottling June 2019) sober dark red robe. The nose reflects the degree of the vintage, on kirsch, floral notes with cooked or stewed plums, very Grenache-centric it is. It’s a bald start, lacks furrows of intrigue. The palate is sipping wine, with a stone fruit, red cherry, raspberry liqueur flavour, mild tannins following. This lacks real structure. It has an aromatic side, is smooth in texture, but lacks relief in its delivery. 15.7°. 12,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins. €22. From late-2020. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2016

(casks/vat) deep red colour. The bouquet is packed with blackberry fruit, a sense of black raisin and dark chocolate in behind. The palate bears ample matter, with a smooth glisten in the fruit and tannin, the tannins bringing extra depth and form to the closing stages. It has a rolling density, while the aftertaste has the vintage ease and lip smacking content, some late peppered notes lifting it. This will fill the glass well, and be enjoyed via its generosity. 15.8°. 10,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cinsault. €20. From late 2019. 2036-38 Oct 2017

2015

decent red robe. The nose gives a soft air of blackberry with a stewed aspect to it, a smoke and prune alliance also, and hints of dried herbs such as thyme. This runs with expressive, up-tempo raspberry fruit which refreshes the palate, and leaves room for a second glass. Its freshness is a success, bringing a vibrancy. There is a menthol-mocha finish. Interesting, genuine. 15.5°. 10,000 b. From mid-2018. 2032-34 Sept 2016

2013 ()

red robe, typical Grenache hue. Roast pork, rosemary, rather seared first aroma, with an inlay of red stone fruit that is very much in the second tier of the nose. This is a bustling start, not calm. The palate delivers slightly high octane red fruit, with a note of kirsch about it. It, too, is energetic, and live tannins chase along towards the finish, with a sparky, rocky tang in them. There is a brief floral softness on the aftertaste. This goes long through its power more than its depth of gras. Unbridled, warm lands wine. I like its honesty. 15°. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv, Cinsault. From 2018. 2028-29  Oct 2015

2012 ()

(cask/vat, bottling March 2014) pretty full red; flashy, spontaneous blackberry fruit, a red meat extra depth at its centre and an attractive floral-violet trim. The bouquet is open, obvious, shows wee resin. The palate is enjoyable and potentially open to all comers. Its fruit sweeps along well, has bright tannin to crispen its late moments, ending on a fresh tangle of fruit and tannin, a good energy and drive. Drinkable, not complex, is a bit flash in the pan in style, still in the cellar. From late 2015. 15.9°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins this year. 2023-25  Nov 2013

2011

(cask/vat) quite a full plum red colour. Mocha and coffee air, red liqueur fruit inside that – the bouquet is pretty broad, not fresh. There is a bosky, woodsy presence in the mulled red fruits, so the wine is earthen rather than fresh. Decent length; it is a bit singed in style, rather severe towards the finish. Suited to red meats. Traditional style. From late 2014. 15.5°. Hearty, better with time. 15.5°. €18. 80% G, 10% Syr, 5% Cins, 5% M this year. 2022-24  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(cask/vat) rather dark colour. Blackberry fruit lies within a brooding nose, that has raisin and chocolate also present, the air of dried grapes. This is a wide-shouldered debut. The palate kicks off on Mediterranean, deep south fruits, almost from the Greek Islands (Ionian, thus) with sultanas and a light sprinkle of rum baba. It builds through the palate to show noticeable tannins, a robust but cohesive finish. From 2014. €18 at the domaine. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2009

even red colour; smoky air, leather, bosky, hedge fruit berries and mint mixed up. The palate has a rich spot on the attack, and a tannin-lined side. Robust wine suited to game dishes. Has a cooked-brewed finish that is rather wiry, leathery. From mid-2012. 15°. 2023-25 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 *** (casks) Grenache red plum colour; red jelly, typical Grenache debut to the nose, which is all sweet and round, shows baked tart, has a chiselled angle to it. The palate has the bite of tannin right away, shows the rather scorched side of this vintage. It has a good mid-palate, abundant juice there that continues surely to the line. It acquires drive, power as it goes. There is a touch of gasp at the end. From mid-2012. 2023-26 Oct 2010

2008 ()

(casks) bright, pretty full red robe. Wide, comely bouquet with good Châteauneuf character, nice depth to it, and offers future variety – herbs, plum fruit, the air of baked stones. The palate fruit gives a burst of exuberance and assertion before it settles and becomes deeper, broader, “darker”. Has good components for the future, is typical, too. The fruit is of good quality, but the concern for now is that the wine is a shade angular – there is a touch of burn on the outer flavour, maybe a 2008 feature that can dwindle from late 2011. Needs time – ends drily. Patience rewarding here, can move above current level, I suspect. 2019-20 Dec 2009

2007

black, lustrous colour; has a simmered or mulled berry or black cherry aroma that is quite profound – it has the vintage curve in it, a sweet roundness and some hint of the baked stones of the plateau. The palate gets off to a more cautious start than many 2007s – the flavour is Morello cherry delivered with restraint. Some tannic lining appears late on, and adds pep. A wine that broadens as it travels, and one that holds a nice, mixed southern aftertaste – olives, tapenade, smoke and licorice. Punchy wine that may be a tiny bit forced, will benefit from time. From late 2010. 2021-23 Nov 2008

2006 ()

mostly full red; ripe, near liqueur style fruit aroma that is sweet and ripe – red berry with a sprinkle of herbs for interest. The palate holds good, broad fruit, comes with a live tannin spine. This has a clear tone, and can develop well. Leave until mid-2010 to allow its tannins to work in. There is a good weave and linkage of its elements for the future. The aftertaste brings together menthol, chocolate, raisin in a quite robust sign-off. Good depth here. Previously Nov 2007 **** (assemblage sample) bright, full dark red; has a pretty savoury bouquet with some mystery in it, shows ripe red fruits and Bovril or beef stock; there is notably ripe mulberry jam or liqueur here, is an aroma of scale and breadth. The theme of ripe fruit continues on the palate, where good punch and expression catch one`s interest. Also has a slightly meaty finish, with late breadth and proper ripe tannins. Blackberry, licorice and mocha turn up late in the day. This has a lot of locked up flavour, and is on its tannins now during its raising. Is a bit of a foot on the pedal wine, but I like its gutsy nature. From 2010 or so. 2021-23. 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Cinsault/Mourvèdre, 80% cask, 20% vat this year. Nov 2007

2005 ()

dark red, black tints. Intense, chocolatey, mocha aroma that is smoke infused, bears blackberries, is crunchy above all. The palate black fruits are full, with an also intense core. This springs along freshly towards the finish. The gras is well present, but the shape is still largely upright, in the eye of the vintage. This can become tasty and complete – its length is good and true. For now, its tannin is a bit stiff. There is the sense of oaking on the nose and the palate – as found before. From autumn 2009. 2018-20 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) fairly dark robe with some matt in its hue; sweet n’ripe nose – shows raspberry with a little top mint and nuttiness. Has a solid future, is promising. Oak lurking here? Round appeal on the palate, the fruit has some cut and bite. Nice vigour with its ripeness, persists OK. Good quality of fruit and a mix of varieties that bring light and shade to the wine. Honest appeal, is good and gutsy even if a little heady. 2021-23. 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Cinsault/Mourvèdre, cask aged 13 months. Nov 2006

2004

full robe; brewed, rather soupy bouquet with some sweetness – quite a long hang time for the grapes. Round shape to palate – sappy, black fruits flavour, then it emerges to show some cut with pepper and wild touches at the end. Brews up in scale through the palate, chunky wine. Esp 2008 on. 2016-18 Oct 2006

2003

full colour, quite dark. Supple, flowers and brewed stone fruits aroma, nice and broad. Supple, juicy start to palate. Tannins and a licorice effect creep in quietly at the end. Ripe fruit with a sappy effect on finish, also a nutty tang. Pretty content, is appealing. Enough tannins to give extra interest and dimension. Lots of appeal. Esp 2007-08 on. 2018-21 March 2005, London

2001 ()

quiet depth on bouquet, has plenty to come - reserved, and floral now. There's a nice frame to the palate, a sinewed, meaty wine, red stone fruits inset. Good cohesion, sound finale. More expressive around 2007. 2018-20  March 2005, London

2000 ()

clear, brilliant, appealing robe; the bouquet gives the start of a game, damp woods phase, along with cherry fruit, its alcohol a little detached. The palate is wholesome, honest; this is a thorough wine of sinew, at a punchy, pretty open stage now. There is some vibrancy in the fruit. It is quite downhome, not rustic, and the bother is the alcohol unmasking as it ages. 2010-11  Nov 2006