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60-65% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Counoise, 0-5% Cinsault from clay-limestone, galet stone soils on La Gardiole (N-E), can also include crop from Coudoulet (N-E), destemmed, 4 week concrete vat vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 80% 2-4 year old 228-litre oak casks, 20% used 600-litre oak casks 15 months, filtered, organic wine, 6-10,000 b

2017

(casks, bottling Oct 2019) full, shiny robe; the bouquet presents a gentle, rounded air of blackberry, with some grainy notes, unfinished business. There are coffee, licorice snaps inside it. The palate holds cooked red fruits in the flavour, with the finish marked by a hesitation, some dry pockets in the tannins. It recovers for a late flourish of juicy black cherry fruit, so needs time – from mid-2021. 14.5°. 7,000 b. 60% Gren, 35% Mourv, 5% Counoise. €21. 2037-38 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks, bottling June 2018) dark red some black tints. Has a sweet, brothy aroma which is a little vegetative, gives mixed herbes airs also. The palate is firm, stiff from its oak, but has sufficient gras to stand up to the oak. The aftertaste is charry, tarry. I don’t find it that interesting, but it will be better on that front if left until 2023. 14.5°. 7,000 b. 65% Gren, 30% Mourv, 5% Counoise. €19.90. 2038-41 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(casks, bottling Sept 2017) shiny dark red. Has a brewed up nose, shows reduction and a wild beef, elemental aspect, a deep dig in of black stone fruits. The palate has a savoury nature, with suave gras, richness that prolongs. It’s a traditionally styled, full-on Châteauneuf, with slightly rugged tannins.  14.5°. 7,000 b. From mid-2019. 2035-38 Sept 2016

2013

(casks) medium crimson colour. Discreet nose that is closed for the moment. Palate fine and gentle. There’s a deceptive volume and depth of fruit combined with firm but fine tannins. Expresses old vine intensity and balance. Harmonious. 14.5°. Harvested 11 October, 65% Gren, 30% Mourv, 5% Counoise, 6,000 b. From 2017. 2028-29 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

(casks, bottling Feb 2014) dark colour; plump, thorough bouquet – a smatter of tea and crispness above an aroma of black fruit jam, the fruit showing a concentrated depth. The palate lines well to the nose; this bears a full, tasty, rich holding of black fruit with spiced moments and a tar-charcoal addition from the oak. It is long and sustained, obviously power packed – but that last feature isn’t shown in any irregular way/ Has real local, not overdone, charge. 14.5°. From 2017-18. 2029-30  Nov 2013

2011 No Rating

No Rating (casks) dark red; earth bound, gummy nose, which is baked , shows possible Brett that suppresses its thin layer of black fruit. Prune fruit on the palate precedes a very dry finish. Can’t be judged. Dec 2012

2010 ()

(casks) dark, shiny robe. Has a ripe, round nose that combines black olives, black fruit jam, has a rich ripeness, also I detect some yeast. The palate has a spiced debut, loose flow black fruit with a Mourvèdre style spice all through, ending freshly, with body. Clean, modern wine. The aftertaste is slightly dry. From 2014. €17 at the domaine. 2032-35 Dec 2011

2005

2 bottles – 1st corked. 2nd bottle: quite dark traces in the robe; oak aroma with its consequent pepper and smoke – rather the one thing for now. This is a spinal wine – the oak and tannin drive it now, the fruit content in the second tier alongside it. A cellar-led wine, that needs 2+ years to move together. The black fruits precede a chocolate-rasin aftertaste. From 2011 so it is allowed to become less demanding. 14°. 2026-29 June 2008

2003

big, wide nose with a potent tendency – the aroma is really sweet, en route to being sappy. There are overripe red plums, and some mint-vanilla and high tone also. The palate has a textured, suave start that is comfortably rich – these are red fruits such as cherries in alcohol. It gains “attitude” and tension from half way as the tannins enter, and the texture becomes more dry and grainy. Grenache dominates the flavour, but not necessarily the structure because of its oaking. There is some burn on the finish – I am not sure how truly rich this is, seems a bit superficial. Try from spring 2010. 14°. 2021-23 June 2008

1999

still has a complete, young robe; lightly meaty, cold tea airs in a brewed but clean nose that is nicely wide, quite sleek. This is full, at an intermediate stage. Tannins bear down on it, the aftertaste tarry with a little sweetness. Upright, rather obviously fashioned wine, gives the impression that it has been made by formula more than by heart, is rather modern in that sense. The finale is tarry, burnt. A winter wine – drink with game. 2020-23  Nov 2006