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60-70% Grenache (late 1970s), 15 day vinification at 30-32°, 10-30% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Cinsault from clay-limestone, gravel soils on Les Avaux and sandy soils, pumping overs, daily cap punching, enamel vat raised 18 months, unfined, filtered, 10-15,000 b

2012

(vat) clear red robe, a good start. Has a smoky, near smoked fish – yes – air, with an oily raspberry fruit included, some coffee au lair, milk. There is a fresh delivery of easy to taste and drink red fruit. This does well – there is a w.o.w. factor here, very drinkable it is. The tannins are mild, with an increased depth at the end. Enjoyable. From mid-2014. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 10% Cins. €6.60 at cellars. To 2017  Oct 2013

2011

dark, shiny robe, legs. Has a rich, blackberry coulis air with notes of violet and an easy sweetness, has weight. The palate gives a flavour of soaked black fruits, conveys a sense of density, isn’t a free-flowing wine. Alcohol hovers, is quite high, so the wine lacks breeze. Tasty enough if you sip this, 1 glass only. Bit of a fruit bomb. €6.60 at the cellars. Bottled April 2012. To 2016  Dec 2012

2010

quite a full red; there are mulled red fruits, supple airs on the nose, which is just ending its youth with some obscurity and variety entering, with stewed plums and some herbs in its wake. The palate provides a wholesome drink, a wine good for tajine, pastas; it has a soft tenor after half way, ends roundly, is near its summit now. Authentic, with local touches, red stone fruit. There are flint moments at the end, a spiced aftertaste, discreetly so. €3.79 export, 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins this year. 13.5°. To 2016  June 2013

2008

(vat) modest robe, matt at the top. Has a real creamy, liqueur style nose of mulled cassis, a long maceration to obtain max sweetness. Brittle, chocolate-oak ensemble on the palate, that lacks carry in its fruit. A wine that attempts to be more scaled up than justified. To 2014.  Nov 2009

2003 ()

gentle red robe. Black jam aroma, pebbly/leather top note. Dry-textured palate, some aroma in the flavour but the finish is sun-baked. Licorice aftertaste. Needs a daube or a stew to help it – hasn’t conquered its tannic challenge, and has the dry tannins of some wines in this vintage. Dec 2006, Copenhagen