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60-93% Grenache, 5-35% Syrah, 0-15% Mourvèdre from galet stone covered soils, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling, 3-4 week vinification with the cap immersed, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching, aged large barrel, 2-6 year 228-litre oak casks 16-18 months (before mid-2010s aged 80% new 600-litre oak casks, 20% 300-litre oak casks 14 months), filtered, 3,000-6,670-12,000 b

2018 ()

(large barrel/used casks) dark red; cooked plums, raspberry liqueur airs lead the nose. It has a garrigue, woodsy surround. The palate is raw on the attack, carries a line of menthol, a vegetal presence, so there are smoky moments. It finishes a touch hollow, drily, coolly; the content is disorderly for now, not well arranged to give flow. Allow until 2023, the longer the better. 14.5°. 3,000 b. 93% Gren, 7% Syr. €79: high. 2039-41 Oct 2019

2016

(barrel/casks, bottling Jan 2018) shiny, deep red robe. Cooked figs and prunes show on a bouquet that has a thorough heart, a layered nature, comes with a suggestion of herbes de Provence and black olives. It’s broad and sunny. The palate releases spiced, tenacious dark matter with some assertive, ripe, firm tannins bulking up the late stages. The aftertaste has an oily texture, with a light breeze of menthol aiding its lift. All the elements are here for a good glass. 14.5°. Has risen to 12,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Mourv, 5% Syrah. €79. From 2021. 2037-40 Oct 2017

2010

strong, deep red. Has a muscular, slightly animal air – a deep blueberry fruit with licorice, and a genial, floral ease in it as well, dark coffee depth, ginger: it is a nearly potent display. The palate is shapely, round, well-filled. It is led on its first stages by its Grenache. It is hardly offering precise fruit and flavour yet, is wrapped up, and also starts with some mineral cut that shows the vintage accurately. The finish brings along blueberry fruit and licorice notably. Has good length, and is smooth, acts as a whole. It just needs to enter stage left now. The finish is dominated by its Syrah and by its oak. 14.5°. Wait until 2017, say. 2030-32 Oct 2013

2007 ()

2 bottles tasted, 1 better than the other. 2nd bottle: dark red, mauve top. Coffee beans, baked pebbles, black fruits nose that is a bit reserved. The palate fruit has a tang in it at the start, is agile at half way, the fruit moving along. It ends on tar and charcoal. An orderly, not excessive wine, and a gentle coming together will occur. From late 2010. 2022-23  1st bottle: full, dark red; the nose is a bit stalky, high tone – maybe a wine of low SO2 philosophy, lees in the air. Its fruit isn't clear today. The palate is supple, but lacks brightness in its fruit. Nov 2008

2005 ()

sound, red plum colour; the nose is pointed – it resembles an arrow of red fruit, with high tone in it, and dense raspberry, along with chocolate. The palate is round, but is also stretched around the edges, as if the cellar work was firm and active more than laissez-faire. There are coffee, pebbly tones on the finish. Extraction renders the finish a little dry. An open and drink wine. from mid-2010. 14.5°. 2019-21  June 2008