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70-80% Grenache (Le Pointu, N-E), 10-15% Mourvèdre (Pied de Baud, N-W), 8-15% Syrah (Bois Dauphin (N), 2-5% Cinsault, 4% various, destemmed, 22-29 day concrete vat vinification at up to 25°C, daily part vat emptying/refilling, then pumping overs, aged 50-85% concrete vat, 25% 600-litre & 25% new-1-4 year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months, lees stirred, unfined, filtered, 12,000 b

2018 ()

dark robe; the bouquet has a sweet air, notes of black olives, herbs, damson and Victoria plum fruits. The palate flows with ease, bears spicy, red-fruited content, with live moments after the mid-point, an accumulation of pepper-spice, grainy tannins on the close. It’s not especially ambitious, but gives a sound glass, can be got on with from spring 2021. 15.5°. €25. 2039-41 Oct 2019

2017

(concrete vat/casks) dark red colour. Bonny, wide nose, mixes black berry fruits, blueberry, licorice, raspberry coulis, nettles, briar. It has a liberty that aids its appeal, carries a small note of power. The palate bears intense content that steps up in depth as it goes, presenting a broad wave of cassis and smoky black berry flavour as it finishes. The tannins contribute a good extra layer, and sustain the late stages well. Handles its degree well, is as one. Good, grounded Châteauneuf for a roast beef. 15.8°. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 12% Mourv, 3% Cins. From 2022. 2041-43 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) quite a dark red colour. The nose gives a blackberry and plum aroma with a sweet curve in it, a lighter touch of raspberry. There is a hum of power within. The palate runs with spiced red fruits, a free delivery, builds into a tarry, dark, nuggety finish. This is a muscular, still rather naked Châteauneuf, with the vintage compression, compact feature, as it finishes. From 2020: it needs to fuse and amplify at the same time – otherwise, its degree will be showing too markedly. 15.5°. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 12% Mourv, 3% Cins. 30,000 b. €23. 2038-41 Oct 2017

2015 ()

full red robe. The nose has a lead aroma of pulp of blackberry, with an inner intensity, denoting ripe crop. There is a cool, salted top note that helps its style. After this strong start, the palate gives eminently stylish fruit that flows in a bonny, wavy manner, the tannins nice and fresh, and well in step. It’s very long. This has a complete offer and will fill the glass well when a little older: from 2019. For now, the tannins exert some tar, darkness on the close. It’s rather muscular, but well defined wine. 15°. 2031-34 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(vat/casks) dark red. Soft, blackberry fruited nose, all nice and open, has a tender curve. The palate delivers dark berry fruit with a tannic grip, some attitude, as it finishes, a good wave of fruit there. Spearmint and smoke come through on the aftertaste. Plenty of wine here, and a smooth texture that will please. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 12% Mourv, 3% Cins. 12,000 b. €21. From 2017. 2027-28  Oct 2015 

2013

medium to full purple colour. There is an aroma of sweet red fruit on the nose, resembles raspberry. The palate is broad and full, with a reserve of juicy fruit. The firm and long tannins add freshness to the finish. Well constructed and harmonious. 14.5°. From 2016. 2024-25 JL Oct 2014

2011

shapely, dark red robe. Blackberry-raspberry, appealing fruit mix on the nose – it is aromatic, agreeable, lightly sweet and inviting. It is not especially open, and shows some reductive earthiness. The nose sequels into a juicy, fluid red fruit that is easy to appreciate. The tannins are round and supple. This is all as one in a spherical setting, even if a bit tame. Close to ready, undemanding wine. The length is fair. From 2015-16 for more variety. 14.8°. 2021-23  Dec 2012

2010

bright, pure red; fresh, young red cherry fruit with a light herb drift across it – the bouquet is set up toe bstylish and inviting. The palate connects well to the nose, serves up fine red fruit – this is a Châteaunuef made to drink cosily, has nice rhythm. I like its clear precision, an innocent clarity. There are subtle tannins at the end that work well. From 2013, but bonny CHR or bistrot drinking now. Good balance in this good, pure Châteauneuf. 14.5°. Assembled 12/01/12, 70% G, 13% M, 12% Syr, 3% Cins, 2% various this year. Only 21 hl/ha due to Grenache coulure. 2022-23 Feb 2012

2009

sound, full red; smoky bacon, “high” airs, ripe fruit. This is a soaked style Châteauneuf on the palate, which is thoroughly coated, has just enough freshness to end clearly, with decision. It is full on, nearly ready to go, but lacks a notch of precision. From 2013. 14.5°. 2025-26 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 ***(*) (casks) solid red-purple colour; sweet tea, plum, prune aroma – has a shiny ripeness. The palate tastes of blackberry, has a markedly rich heart – offers a real entry into the pulp of the grape. The sweetness and plumpness continue all through. The tannins sit inside the wine, are mild. There is a good build-up of matter on the finish, which is substantial. From mid-2012. 2021-23 Oct 2010 Previously Dec 2009 *** (a Grenache-Mourvèdre-Syrah example, sugars finished) nice full robe; blackberry aroma, supple and inviting. The palate drinks well, has an attractive, smooth texture, keeps going. Decent acidity (a bit low). Good length, promising. Dec 2009

2008 ()

(vat/cask) red cherry robe, only fair depth. The bouquet travels easily across the glass – has a smoky, cassis style, a little prune. As it airs, it becomes more stubborn with air. The palate delivers plum fruit with a tension in it – it is wrapped in on itself, has a line of acidity lurking in it, live tannins, too. It dips at half way, then becomes taut, shows its acidity. Thus leave until mid or even late 2011. Its elements can certainly fuse. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2007

full, dark red robe. Grounded, “of the earth” nose – just a bit closed, but promising. The palate has an elegant line of fruit, but lacks late width and depth, is fine but airy. It ends on prune, floral notes, rather agreeably there. Ready now. 14.5°. 2017-18 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 *** (casks) red with mauve robe; the aroma is curved – gathers in red jam or jelly with wisps of herb such as thyme alongside. The palate contains facile red fruit – smooth n`easy; it widens towards the finish, has snap and licorice on the aftertaste. It can assemble itself and provide a minor display of diverse flavours. From 2010. 2017-18 Nov 2008

2006

(casks) full, plum-coloured robe; the bouquet has a nutty air, with some oak present, and a combo of pistachio and smoke, smoked bacon, and a bit of stalk. Reserved blackberry starts the palate, then stops a little early. Not that assured in its flavouring and texture – this is a cellar wine above all. It plays stop-go on the palate, but studying it carefully, I reckon it can get it together. Try from 2010. 2020-22 Nov 2007

2005 No Rating

(aged large barrel, no vat/cask) red is advancing; Brett influence on the nose – the large barrel syndrome, not clean wood. Earthy, grounded palate that lacks brightness in its fruit. Flat wine, lacks vitality. Dec 2009