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100% Grenache (1950s-1960s) from 1.45 hectare of red limestone with some clay, pebbly soils on Cabanes, 4 week oak vat vinification, light cap punchings, pumping overs, large oak barrel & 600-litre oak cask raising 8-9 months, then enamel vat 4 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2015, 4,200 b

2016 ()

(casks/oak vat) dark red. Blackberry, raspberry, buffed leather airs lead the nose, a sweet crème de menthe angle present. The palate has inner vigour, if not yet integrated; there are some slightly chalky tannins and their “wire” along the late stages, after the mixed berry fruits of the attack. This needs time to fuse and to amplify further. There are flashes of fruit late on that indicate that it can get together. Decanting advised. 15.5°. From mid-2019. 2030-31 Feb 2018

2015

(large barrel/casks) mild red robe, typical Grenache. The bouquet is also a genuine child of the Grenache thanks to its serene strawberry and plum-fruited, hum of flowers aroma. It has a dainty outer quality, with some steady depth within. The palate works well on its fluid, stroking texture, giving a raspberry jam, thick coulis flavour with liberal pepper spicing. The finish is lightly chewy, with sound freshness. This is an interesting Vacqueyras delivered with some subtleties. There is power that is pretty well camouflaged. 15°. 4,200 b. 100% Gren. From spring 2018. 2028-30 March 2017