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79-100% Grenache (1935), 0-15% Mourvèdre, 0-3% Syrah, 0-2% Cinsault, 0-1% Terret Noir from north-west facing sandy soils on Les Anglaises, whole bunch fermentation, crop not crushed, 3-6 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 18 months (up from 9 months in early 2010s), unfined, lightly filtered, first wine 2008, 2-4,000 b

2018 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED; VINEYARD RAVAGED BY MILDEW, WINE SOLD IN BULK

2017

(vat) dark red; the nose is punchy, has a deep layer of liqueur fruit, lasting blackberry fruit – it’s a savoury intro. The palate wells up right away, is well lined with black berry fruits and sparked tannins that generate late energy. This is robust, more obvious than the more discreet 2016 version. It holds good streaks of flavour that can join up. The length is sure, the aftertaste inky. Strands of garrigue are dispersed along it. There was a moment early on when Jérôme was going to include this in the classic due to lack of Grenache. ”Its raising has brought finesse, and another six months will do the trick,” Jérôme Grieco. From 2023-24. 2043-45 May 2019

2016

shiny, bold dark red robe; has a sultry, inviting bouquet, oily essence in it, plums that dance in the glass, iron notes, good glisten. Soaked black cherries and licorice contribute dark depth. The palate is well fluid, well filled, offers an enjoyable flow of black cherry fruit, blueberry. It gains some powder touches from the stems towards the finish, is an en finesse Châteauneuf, textured to please, so we have velvet with iron. It holds lots of vim and vigour, with cool, ferrous moments towards the finish. It’s still making its way. From 2024. 2046-48 May 2019 Previously Oct 2017 ***** (vat, bottling April 2018) dark robe, a mix of black and purple. Has a joli, nicely full nose, airs of plum and raspberry with inner sweetness, a sub-liqueur style, black olives tapenade, flowers and dense raspberry. It’s a stylish opening. The palate summons textured, suave content with silk in it. Black fruits, Morello black cherry, blueberry are on the go, all very well wrapped and well juiced. It gives a luxury richness, a sense of inner power, the breadth also silken. The balance is good. From 2021-22. 2038-40 Oct 2017

2015 ()

full red, purple top, legs visible. Has a nicely wandering bouquet, comes in the relaxed house style, strolls out of the glass, has a neat heart of black cherry, with garrigue colour: it’s a lovely nose. The palate has a juicy, squeezy start, bears joli sève (sap) from its old vines, their nobility of juice. There are unctuous moments before firm grain, clean tannins. This is floral, stylish, has good darkness and freshness, ending on the up, really up there. It gives great drinking, will be a winner with roast lamb and rosemary. 100% Grenache. 14.5°. 2033-36 Oct 2017

2014 ()

(concrete vat, bottling March 2016) dark robe. The nose is pretty big and broad, has a hump of blackberry fruit with a grilled aspect, a note of nuttiness. The palate sets off at pace, with a scaled content and overt fruitiness. This gives a flavour close to the pulp of the grape. The pine influence means it needs leaving until 2019. It seems cellar forced for now. 14.5°. 2,000 b. €25. 2031-33  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

comfortable dark red robe. The nose has various prompts, including smoky bacon, tight-knit black berries, a leafiness, cocoa. It sets up a broad panorama. The palate bears concentrated, packed in black cherry fruit with licorice-lined tannins that are tasty and extended. It finishes with great gusto, is real Road Runner. Lots of character and sparkiness here, a bundle of southern expression and fun. Drink with a giant rib of beef, kick back. 15°. From 2018-19. 2030-32  Oct 2015

2012 ()

dark red robe, sustained depth. The nose gives an appealing, deep air of blackberry fruit with reserve that heightens its interest, has a murmur of thyme and garrigue herbs. The palate is well locked in black stone fruit, has crisp, bright tannins whose ripeness adds a little note of gras richness on the aftertaste. Purity and depth are in tandem here. The length is sustained, and the wine is running on as it ends, is really long. The exit is fluid and wide. It has flair and freshness, is very good. 2029-30  Apr 2015 Previously Nov 2013 **** dark robe; sturdy bouquet with no concessions to the light of day – it bears a full, profound holding of black fruit jam, tightly packed fruit, the fruit shiny, a sweet depth here. The palate is also full, has the merit of a clear run of tasty, thorough red and black berry and stone fruit – it starts on mulberry then runs into blackberry with garrigue and wholesome flourishes towards the finish. Big but also mobile, lots of rolling fruit but tannins a touch dry. A sun-filled Châteauneuf with prolonged generosity and floral scents on the finish. From spring 2016. Bottled Aug 2013. €25, 4,000 b, 2026-27  Nov 2013  Previously Dec 2012 ****(*) (vat) shiny, dark robe. Bacon-tobacco, a roll of mulberry fruit on the nose; has good heart, tight matter, but also gives moments of black fruit, tasty fruit. It grips in a spicy way on the finish, persists well. It has more class than the classic 2012. From 2015. 2026-27  Dec 2012

2011 ()

good red with a bit of purple. Spiced mulberry-raspberry aroma, with light nut and licorice – the main focus is red fruit. This is a pretty wine, its fruit gourmand, with freshness, no fancy tricks or make-up to cloud it. There is a nice weave of tannin and fruit, a lattice work of that at the end, where there are floral notes. Grand, clear aftertaste that mingles licorice, flint, spice. Naked Wine with lovely length, real discreet and persistent fruit. It can be decanted. This is grand – it combines drinkability and character – it is a great example of a sand wine with its optimal clarity. 100% Grenache this year. Bottled July 2012. 15°. 2023-25  Dec 2012

2010

full red-black robe, legs down the glass. This has a discreetly solid fruit aroma – it is not big, but is well-knit, close-knit. The palate offers bright, live fruit with a tasty core. It extends well on fine tannins. There is a very good assembly of fruit, tannin and acidity at the end, leading to a black cherry finale, the exit a tasty one. It is flavoursome now, especially on the finish, and will improve and blossom. “It was complicated, but has been opening since October 2012, with the fruit returning to it,” Jérôme Grieco. 2023-25  Dec 2012 Previously Dec 2011 *** bottled already: dark robe. Has a blackberry, front-up aroma, deep and attractive sweetness, comes with some extra meaty top-up – is modern and pristine. The palate has mainstream, modern fruit on the debut – black cherry flavour. It is all a bit like that, has front of mouth acidity – ship in the grapes, ship out the wine. More interesting from 2013. It runs along OK. Not a soul brother, but there you go. The palate is peppery. €17 – not too expensive. 2021-22 Dec 2011

2009

robust robe; pine-bosky air, with nutty notes, a bit spotty, not a real fresh child. Cooked up fruit on the palate, a wine of yore, absolutely one for winter and game dishes. Its unbridled nature appeals – no white coat technicians at this domaine. Robust, gummy, wide fruit on the palate. 15°. €16. 2024-26 Sept 2011