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60-65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 5-10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault from galet stone covered soils (70%) & limestone soils (30%) on Chapouin (N-E), Coudoulet (N-E), destemmed, 2-4 week concrete vat vinification at 28°C, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 95-100% steel vat, 0-5% oak casks 12-15 months, filtered, organic wine, 30-35,000 b

2018

(steel vat, bottling March 2020) full red colour; the bouquet is profound, appealing via its curvy aroma of stewed mulberry, red berry fruit, notes of damson plum also. The palate has scale, delivers spice on the attack, with red fruits, raspberry, central to it. It gathers a little late kick, shows some carbonic gas, has a pebbly note on the rather thick aftertaste. It sustains well to the finish, will give a genuine glass of Châteauneuf. 14.9°. 30,000 b. 65% Gren, 20% Mourv, 10% Cins, 5% Syr. €19 is fair. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2019

2017

(steel vat, bottling March 2019) robust red robe. The nose has a baked aspect, red fruits, raspberry coulis present, hints of meat stock. It has intrinsic power. The palate is sturdy, embracing, fuelled with typical 2017 intensity of red fruits, the tannins ripe, in the wheel. This goes long on its charge, is a touch in extremis. Allow time to calm and assemble. The finish is sound, so that’s a good portent. 14.9°. 30,000 b. 65% Gren, 20% Mourv, 10% Cins, 5% Syr. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(vat, bottling Feb 2018) sober dark red robe, a lighter rim. The bouquet is smoky, closed, shows a little plum, damson, mulberry fruit, has a hint of dried soils, the prairie. The palate is tightly wrapped together, spiced, comes with the issue of just a little concentrated red fruit juice towards the finish. The tannins are quietly solid. This reflects a dry vintage in style, one from free draining soils. 14.2°. 65% Gren, 20% Mourv, 10% Cins, 5% Syr, big rise in Mourv since 2012. 35,000 b, all steel vat raising. €16.90. Leave until 2020. 2031-33 Oct 2017

2015

shiny dark red. The bouquet gives a stewed fruits air, raspberry at its centre. It needs refining. The palate holds bracing dark red fruit with steely tannins still on the outside. This is raw and rather pesky for now. There is sound depth and length, and its spicing comes right along as it closes. The tannins have a dry edge. 14°. From 2019. 2027-29 Sept 2016

2014

(vat) medium depth red. The nose gives an aroma of smoked bacon, pork scratchings, black berry jam, a  drop of spice present. There is depth here, but it is just not obvious for now. The palate gives a direct run of fresh, uplifted plum fruit, with a salty lining emerging on the close. The finish is austere, rather abrupt and assertive from its tannins. This needs time. From 2018 at least. 14°. 2028-29 Oct 2015 

2013

(vat) crimson robe. Red fruit and prune fruited aroma with a slight jammy nuance, a touch of herbs and spice as well. Sweet berry fruit on the attack is followed by a spicy kick. There is a certain generosity of fruit here. The tannins are fresh and firm. The finish is a touch grainy. 14°. From 2016. 2025-26  JL Oct 2014

2012

(release Feb 2014) quite a deep red robe, a Grenache heart. Oily, liqueur plums, leather and a meaty, vegetal angle to the nose, pork scratchings, overt pepper: after that there is a quiet moment of plum fruit as a stable centre to the bouquet. The palate is all buttoned up: it holds spiced Grenache plum fruit with a rapid intake of dry, spiced tannins. From late 2015: this will be middle of the road Châteauneuf, has correct, decent heart but doesn’t go beyond that. From late 2015. 14.5°. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Cins, 5% Mourv, 35,000 b, all steel vat raising. 2023-24  Nov 2013

2011

red robe. Has a wide, rather meaty, Grenache cooked red plum aroma that has sweetness in it. The palate mixes an underlay of red jam, quite fluid gras richness with a line of crisp, flinty tannin. It ends on a little power and pepper, the fruit easy moving there. Medium weight wine that carries to the finish. From mid-2014. 14.5°. 2022-24  Dec 2012

2010 ()

quite shiny, medium+ red robe. Has a curvy, in the instant red fruit air – it leads with its southern sweetness, has a facile gleam in its redcurrant jelly. The palate is subdued from its bottling – it doesn`t show off great range; a “correct” wine, but no extras with it – it is safe, uninspiring Châteauneuf. From spring 2012. Bottled already. €14.50 at the domaine. 2019-20 Dec 2011

2009 ()

quite a full red, though it is mottled. Soaked red cherries (griottes), plum aroma – shows the 2009 sweetness and alcohol, can be heady. The palate gives berry fruit with a gathering set of biscuity tannins as it goes – these lend it a dry nature after the mid-palate. Has a herbal, pebbly aftertaste. Authentic, a wee bit downhome, and a power aspect here. The finish needs time to become more expressive, and it has also just been bottled. From late 2012. 2022-24 Oct 2010

2008 ()

(casks) agreeable red robe, three-quarter depth. Smoky, charcoal-led nose, with wee hints of black fruit within – but edgy, resin airs as well. Grilled, assertive black fruits come forward on the palate, with oak sticking in and out of it. Still raw, a wine with a little gras inside. Leave until late 2011 to fuse. The fruit is restrained, the oak pushy for now. Has a charcoal, tar aftertaste, indicating the youth of its elevage. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2007 ()

(casks) dark red robe; smoked bacon, rather reductive aroma – there is an earthiness about it, and the fruit is like ripe wild strawberries. The palate is open, delivers mild red fruit, very much Grenache in its soft red fruit form. There are tannic traces that lend a little vivacity and variety of texture, and late on there are pebbly moments. There is a pretty little bout of late red fruits that cruises up. The length is OK, this is a safe wine. From 2010. 2018-19 Nov 2008

2006 ()

some black cherry in the robe; sweet plums, rum cake aroma that is reductive, fungal – at an understandably young and primary stage. The palate shows early grip and an enclosed nature: it persists, and gains overt punch towards the finish. Its length is quite sustained, and it ends on a raisin, date style flavour. There is some rich matter here, in a pretty virile wine. The aftertaste is smoky, prune-flavoured. The fruit is tasty. From 2010. 14.5°. 65% Gren, 30% Mourv, 5% Counoise this year.  2019-21 June 2008 Previously Nov 2007 **(*) (pre-bottle) quite a bright, black robe; sappy, bounteous, sweet-aired nose that is rather stinky and fermenty for now. Sweet fruit that is reductive in nature on the palate. Is very primary, a little soupy in feel. It is quite rich and wide, but needs more raising and sorting out. Ways to go, hard to be definitive. 2019-21 Nov 2007

2005 ()

fair red robe; light red jam aroma that runs on; there is a little smoke, but is a bit limited in scope. Easy, rather plain start to palate, has a safe and round fruit flavour. Some late tannins are evident, ends with a kick. Not especially integrated. Gourmand, rather facile wine, needs to meld its tannins, and there is also the risk of its alcohol staying on the outside. From 2008 late. 2018-20 Nov 2006

2004 ()

pebbly, leathery black fruits in a wholesome, sustained, peppery bouquet. Well-engrained black fruits flavour that has a good core and is firmly set. Elegant, with scope for more. Wide and well directed, has some end heat. Drinks OK now, but more expressive from late 2007 or 2008. 2018-20 Oct 2006