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45-50% Grenache, 45-50% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Counoise from Chapouin (N-E), Coudoulet (N-E), destemmed, 4 week co-fermentation concrete vat vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, cap punching, aged new 600-litre oak casks 18 months, filtered, 2,400-4,000 b

2013

(casks) medium to full purple robe. Fragrant dark cherry and blackcurrant aromas. There is volume and depth on the palate: it holds caressing cherry fruit with a dusting of vanilla oak. Its tannins are smooth and refined but build on the finish to give length. Oak is present, but is integrated. 14.5°. Harvested 14 October, 50% Gren, 50% Mourv, 2,400 b. From 2018. 2028-30 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

(casks) dark red; oak-smoke, full ripeness on the nose, chocolate and black berry liqueur, quite dense. The palate is chunky, pretty thorough, cellar-led with prominent, interventionist oaking that rains on its discreet gras parade. The oak is overdone given the vintage. Forced wine – not my idea of a Prestige cuvée. Can’t be drunk in its youth. From late 2015. Try especially in 2019 – it will be a bit better then. 14.5°. 2027-28  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(casks) dark robe, indeed. Has a smoky outer air, with the oak pervasive above a black fruit liqueur, black cherry – the bouquet is potentially sleek. Has a soaked black cherries (griottes) flavouring, with oak again prominent to the extent of borderline excess on the finish, which obscures its true ID. The oak intrudes and clashes, I find. Tasted blind – when I find it is half Mourvèdre, I find that variety in this case makes it chunky. Leave until 2017 – the longer it is left, the more chance it has. €26.50 at the domaine. 2031-32 Dec 2011

2004 ()

full robe; soaked, international style bouquet – certainly shows some alcohol, kirsch and oak here, a little yeast. Good thrust of black fruit on attack, with a clean, savoury nature. Bonny, fresh finish, a wine of plenty content. Leave till 2009 to lower the oak clamp. I wonder if it is a low sulphur wine. 2018-20 Oct 2006