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70-85% Grenache, 15-30% Mourvèdre from Les Brusquières, Palestor (N-E), vines av age 50-60 years, destemmed (in early 2000s whole bunch fermentation), 30 day concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, concrete vat raised 7-8 months (early 2000s aged large barrels 8-10 months), unfined, filtered, organic wine, 6,000 b

2018 ()

(vat, bottling Feb 2020) bright red; has a sweet noted, cherry aroma that leans towards soaked cherries/griottes, has the purity of the domaine style. This is enjoyable, juiced, open, carries sweet appeal. It can drink now, shows Châteauneuf finesse, isn’t at all forced. This is aromatic, w.o.w. Châteauneuf. There’s some inner glow on the finish, the tannins precise. It’s not one for keeping long. 2029-31 Nov 2019

2016

dark, shiny robe. Airs of oxtail, dense red fruits lead the nose, the Mourvèdre right in play there. It’s a close-knit start. The palate bears good filling of smoky red fruits with some still quite rugged tannins on the go towards the close. The length is good and secure, the late palate well lined thanks again to the Mourvèdre that brings in a liqueur cherry, spiced, lip-smacking finale. This is genuine Châteauneuf, has good typicity. 15°. 70% Gren, 30% Mourv. Bottled Aug 2017. €20. From late 2019. 2033-36 Oct 2017

2004 ()

tender red robe, raspberry at its core and a light top. Has a free, quite open red berry, mulberry aroma that is compact and Grenache in style: it is refined, with a little earthiness below and a layer of flowers and cumin – it is just a bit escapist in nature. The palate has a bright, red plum fruit start, then gets a tarry, touch green stalk side, and doesn't flow as freely as one would hope or expect. 15 minutes' air seals the fruit together. This is a light-boned wine of sinew, with fine red fruit in it. There is a late raisin taste. The tannins are powdery, and this lacks a true richness. 14°. 2013-14 Oct 2007. Previously Oct 2006 No Rating modest red; light, rather sweet and sticky aroma. Mild Grenache flavour, is light for a Châteauneuf. Modest wine, below par. Oct 2006

2003 ()

beefy, brewed nose (similar to English beef drink Bovril) with some floral airs and strawberry fruit. The palate is nicely supple, is also beefy, but it then tapers down rather dramatically. Lacks fruit. Not tasty. Needs big food camouflage. Feb 2006