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The Wines

70% Grenache (most 1982, some 1995-97), 30% Syrah (most 1984, rest 1995) from sandy, galet stone soils on Châteaumar on Le Grès, destemmed, 18 day vinification at 30°C, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 6 months, unfined, filtered, 8-15,000 b

2014

steady red colour. The first aroma is grilled, and is followed by prune, cooked black fruits. The palate is a little on the spirity side, its dark fruit taut as a result. There is fair matter present, and it can show more flesh from mid-2016. Not bad, will drink with grills. 13°. 8,000 b. €7. Bottled March 2015. 2018-19  Oct 2015 

2011 ()

full red; reductive, fat red berry aroma, comes with a sprinkle of herbs, is a bit vegetal. Needs decanting. The palate bears gummy blackberry fruit, is textured and aromatic, with spice and a good spot of final, salty freedom. Quite crisp tannins come through at the end. Go-go drinking; it isn’t fully integrated, but that’s not necessarily the point. 13.5°. To 2016.  Dec 2012

2010

dark robe, purple top. The nose is reductive, broad-bellied, offering black fruits, dark soil, black cherries that are nice and ripe. The palate mingles coffee and black fruit on its debut – this is a wine of plenty that holds big, rather sleek blackberry fruit all through. The texture is gummy. Has a modern, worked-on style, delivers an impression. 14.5°.€6.50. To 2016 Feb 2012

2006 ()

blackberry aromas on the wide nose, with a little floral side. The palate is supple, with good, rounded fruit: this is very easy to drink, and nice acidity renders it clean and fresh. Rich all through. w.o.w. wine. Has great fruit. Bottled 1 week ago, this tried in London. 14.5°. To 2010-11. “The 2005 is a lot firmer than this,” A.Mathieu. Nov 2007