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80% Grenache (1903-1960s), 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, from 50% sand, compacted sand/safre soils, 50% galet stone covered soils on several plots on Boislauzon (N) , destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 50% steel vat, 50% 3-6 year 228-litre oak casks (2 new casks used in 2016, 20% of the total oak) 20 months, unfined, filtered, first year 2009, also made in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 4,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) full, dark red colour; the nose is broad, muscular, firm, not giving much in these early stages. There is a mix of mulberry and loganberry fruit, those large berries, in evidence, and some sweet oak. The palate has a soaked, fuelled nature, carries abundance with firm, still grainy tannins. It’s a powerful, exerted wine, suited to autumn/winter drinking, red meats and friends. I would leave it until 2024 so it can back off its first charge. 15°. 4,000 b. Decant it. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017

(casks/steel vat, bottling June 2019) healthy, handsome dark red, black tinted robe. There’s a chunky aspect to the nose, a powerful range of black fruits, black fruit paste. The palate follows that theme in holding dense, concerted matter, prune fruit, cherry stone indicators of the vintage, a touch of eau de vie there. This is a bold block of flavour, for steaming game dishes. 15°. 4,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(vat/casks) clear red robe, mainly Grenache. The nose is very young, shows some lees within its bright cherry, redcurrant fruit. It’s an expressive start. The palate offers a good weave of close-knit, upbeat fruit and tannin, a tight bundle, with the tannins firm for the late stages. This has a good, naked quality, with freshness on the agenda and some mineral-rocky elements adding intrigue. It’s a wine of integrity, not obvious, has fine detail, pure juice, as it finishes, with smoky bacon, pepper touches. Will be great with Sisteron or Sussex marshes lamb and rosemary. 14.5°. From 2022. 2038-40 Oct 2017