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80-85% Grenache (oldest 1910-1920s), 10-15% Syrah, 5-10% Mourvèdre, from galet stone, sandy soils on Chapouin, northern sector, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 60-70% steel vat, 30-40% oak casks 12-18 months, filtered, 13-21,000 b

2018 ()

(casks/steel vat) full robe, black tints; the bouquet is graceful, offers fine airs of black berry, cassis fruits, ground coffee, cherries. The palate is also stylish, with a neat delivery of black fruit matter that culminates in a gradual increase of tannic depth. The structure is good, the balance, too, so it will evolve well. It’s nicely together and coherent, not an overdone Prestige level Châteauneuf, thus. 15°. 20,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €31.95. From 2023. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(casks/steel vat) deep, dark red. The bouquet has an oily essence in its Grenache red fruits, is wide, well together, has potential to vary and emerge well. There is an effortless link to the palate, which flows with charm and a sure foot. There is tasty black fruit on the go, with tannins well in tune. Well made, stylish, balanced Châteauneuf here. There are hints of black olives on the lip smacking finale. 14.5°. 20,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2021. 2040-42 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) shiny red colour. The bouquet has a garrigue intensity, airs of stewed plums from the old Grenache fruit; it’s a controlled, still mysterious opening – there are secrets and varied prompts to unlock over time. The palate is well-filled, holds generous content with good, bustling tannins that spread out well on the finish, rocky, mineral notes arriving there. This is full of life and verve, backed by its secure depth. It has good truth, is STGT Châteauneuf. 15°. 13,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2021-22. 2040-43 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(vat/casks) mainly dark red robe. Salt and cooked plums, mulberry combine on a nose with discreet depth. The palate is tight, a child of the garrigue thanks to its grainy, herbes de Provence presence after the mid point. It holds cool red fruits, raspberry, has iron in its make-up. 14.5°. 21,000 b. From 2019. 2034-36 Sept 2016


robe is of medium hue with a very pale rim. Has a forward, simple red fruit nose. It is light and easy on the palate, expresses summer fruits. There is a little grip on the finish. Clean but light to medium weight. From 2016. 13.5°. 2023-25 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

sober dark red; sweet lamb stock, herbs, plum-fruited first aroma – a bouquet of shapely roundness, not complex. The palate shows a brief bundle of red fruit, plum, with a discreet increase in tannic density as it goes. A natural child of a wine, unadorned, has its simplicity. The aftertaste is nicely juiced. Low-key acidity will help it to evolve. 14°. 13,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv, 70% steel vat raised this year. 2026-28  Nov 2013


bottled 1 week ago. Quite dark; chocolate, savoury open air that shows the splendour of the south, comes with honey and baked notes, a sunny fat. The palate is rich in texture and taste – flavours of prune and sweet dates have an underlay of cocoa and sweet spice. This has a lot of coating content. It reaches out fully along the palate. An involving wine with plenty to give. It is naturally produced, has ripe tannins. From mid-2014. 2032-34. 80% G, 15% Syr 5% M this year, and a good price of €18 at the cellars. Dec 2011

2009 ()

dark; blackberry jelly, expansive air, along with coal dust and mineral traces. Broad run of black fruit with nutty tannin lining on the palate, still young. Big scale wine, a bit of the 1 dimension about it; the length is cautious for now. More to it from 2014. 14.5°. 2029-32 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 **** (vat/casks) full robe; there is a good brew of power across the nose – this shows the potential for a shapely, willing bouquet, one that is attractively and ripely fruited, and comes with hints of spirit. There are open, dark, violet and prune flavours as the wine proceeds safely along the palate. This is agreeable, and has sound richness at its core. From late 2012. 2027-30 Oct 2010


(vat/cask) decent red robe. Nutty, raisin, prune aroma of some depth, wee chocolate airs, not that fresh. Similar flavours to the aromas – prune, with smoky, resin style siding. Has a little gras and ends on its moment of greatest texture, then an oaked aftertaste, out on its own, the oak. Gradual gainer over time – more authority and variety to come. From late 2011. 2017-18 Nov 2009


this won a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards: pretty, full red robe. Attractive, really shapely red fruits bouquet – it is primary, and has not yet picked up nuances, but has depth for a good future. There are hints of spirit and baked notes that are 2007 in style (the wind, the wind!) Similarly young red fruit on the palate, with well-linked continuity from the nose. The length is purposeful, the fruit sustains, has juice. Some late dryness and tannin are typical of 2007, present a little concern. Good Grenache here. From 2011. 2025-28 April 2010 Previously Nov 2009 ***(*) full robe. Cautious nose – sealed up for now – it is deep, but lacks definition currently, except to offer simmering power and potential blackberry. A big scale wine on the palate, built to impose. There is a lot of very ripe Grenache at its heart. It meanders on to a round enough finish, its texture dense throughout. Sound length, has a raisin, also prune aftertaste. From 2011. 2025-27 Nov 2009

2006 ()

full plum red, still in the game. The nose is full of beans and fresh, gives an air of cooked plum, light minerality. The palate is spiced, grounded in that, along with herbs. This is a full, traditional Châteauneuf with oaking still. Firm wine, with some potential. 33% new oak. 15°. 2024-27  Dec 2012 Previously Jan 2008 ** (vat/cask sample) dark tone at the heart of the robe; has quite a creamy, crème of blackberry and raspberry aroma – the fruit is nicely ripe, with some dark airs in it. The palate berry fruit has a secure centre, moves along expressively. Pretty early wine, this. There is a good outcrop of tannins that add a final licorice touch, with some pepper and tar. From 2009. 2023-25 Jan 2008 80% G, 12% S, 8% M this year.


red plum, dark traces; brewed black fruits aroma, some raisin present, with sweetness lying beyond – it is young and not yet very obvious. Gutsy palate, with good constituents – it is live and takes on late energy from its tannins. It bristles with intent, its fruit is live, peppery and spiced – the last five months have tightened it, made it more vintage-like. It fills the palate well, has genuine depth, nice guts. STGT style of wine. 2024-27 June 2008 Previously Jan 2008 *** quite full red colour; has a herbal-infused aroma, with baked fruits and raisin within. Is past its first young glories, and is now consolidating. There is a sweet infusion in the fruit on the palate – red jam with a sense of succulence late on. Sound Grenache typicté here. Has a clear tone on the aftertaste, white pepper there. Lacks a little roundness right at the finish. Drinks OK now, but you can decant for the bouquet. 2022-25 Jan 2008 Previously Nov 2006 *** full, dark red. Substantial nose with red fruits, leather and smoke circling the red berries, red pepper, oak and overall carries elegant potential. Sound, understated fruit that is already accessible on the palate. Ripe and a little funky towards the finish. The fruit holds some game elements, its finish is clear, the length good. Easy, quite early drinking. Esp 2009 on. 2023-26. 84% G, 10% S, 6% M this year. Nov 2006

2004 ()

meaty, sustained bouquet, with a local, warm plateau herb presence – baked stones, with coffee also. Holds well-shaped, elegant fruit flavours, and there is a good, live tone of lift from its constructive acidity. Maintains its run through the palate well. Esp from 2008 onwards. 2022-25 Oct 2006