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70% Grenache, 30% Syrah from Orange, Sorgues, Sérignan-du-Comtat on stony, clay-limestone soils, destemmed, 3 week vinification at 27°C, pumping overs, steel vat raised 4-10 months, 6-7,000 b

2014 ()

has a sleek full red robe. The nose gives mixed airs of prune, blackberry, polished leather, herbs. The palate has a garrigue flavouring, with rather dry tannins interfering from half way. The fruit is dark. This packs a punch, and needs leaving until late 2016, is really fired up, serious wine. Bottled Jan 2015. 14.5°. €9. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2010 ()

dark plum colour; has a compact, sunny raspberry, red plum fruit air – its first impression is a ripe bounty, and it gives a willing start. The palate effect is also generous and full: this is a good, solid drink. Holds raspberry fruit that lasts well. Has plenty to give, a lot of flavour for the money. It drinks completely now – it is young and sustained. A wine of good Grenache heart that gives a good surge through the palate, has touches of thyme in its seasoning. 14°. Higher than some at €9.50. Bottled Feb 2011. To 2017 Feb 2012

2009 ()

see-through top on the robe – suggests 2008 in this. Has a rather light red fruits aroma that is peppery (in the vein of 2008). Fine red fruit on the palate, a wine that is accessible now. Has grainy late tannins. This could show more richness, but it is authentic enough. I note it was bottled very sharpish in Feb 2010, which confirms my 2008 view. Now to 2013. €8.50. Oct 2010

2007

even red robe; sweet, prune and ripe red berry nose with some herb-baked plains airs. The palate delivers mild fruit with a nice little tang, raspberry being its prime flavour. Undemanding, if a little limited, ends a touch short. 13°. To 2010. Feb 2009