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80-85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5-10% Mourvèdre, whole bunch fermentation, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 95% concrete vat (up from 65% in mid-2000s), 5% 2-3 year oak 8-12 months, fined, filtered, 15-35,000 b

2013 ()

(vat) medium red colour. Has a sweet, jam fruit and prune nose, which is a little porty on swirling the glass. The attack is again sweet, the Grenache fruit broad on the palate. Its tannins are a little edgy and dry on the finish. 14.5°. From 2016. 2023-24  JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

(vat) steady red colour, a bit pale at the top. The nose gives a sweet first impression, has a curvy shape, offers soaked raspberry, a note of vanilla. The nose will be classic Châteauneuf around 2017. This has well-founded heart, a rather traditional style, takes on the glow of the vintage, showing a little burn towards the finish. The flavour is led by minted red berry fruits. It needs longer raising, say another 9 months. The length is solid, the finale baked. 14°. 80% G, 10% Syr, 10% M, 20,000 this year, decent value at €19.50. 2025-26  Dec 2012

2010 ()

red cherry colour, a Grenache plum red. There is a light aroma of soaked red cherries, griottes, with an air of grass cuttings, hay, sweet spice, a note of tea. The palate has a cautious debut, is rather turned in, as if post bottling (tasted blind) – and it turns out it is post bottling, in 3rd week of July 2011. This is not a free-striding wine, and is enclosed towards the finish, is not nuanced. Decant until 2014 to wake it up. Plain, correct, but lacks width a cross the palate. can improve a little. Gummy tannins see out the finish. 2019-21. €19 at the cellars, 15,000 b this year. Dec 2011

2006

(casks example) pretty complete red robe; has the makings of an elegant bouquet – black fruit with a little toasting from the oak and cherry fruit within – and its exhales an even air. The palate holds clearly struck red fruit of a pure nature, followed by some nutted, grilled tones. Is modern wine, safe stuff, successfully refined. Has decent acidity to allow it to live. There is a herbal flourish towards the finish. From late 2009, since the oak needs to enter into the fabric of the wine. 2019-21 Nov 2007

2005 ()

quite full colour; simmering bouquet – shows high tone, has detached alcohol, and a little raspberry fruit. There is life in the raspberry fruit on the palate, with an earthy undertone. Uneven now, a bit edgy, lacks genuine roundness. Doesn’t seem to possess true core. From 2008. 2013-14 Nov 2006

2004

quite a dark robe; bosky, lurking aroma – not yet open and defined, but smoky, red fruits hovering. Nicely knit palate with quiet potential. Has a live core of fruit and a little power in behind. Sound length. Will be more expressive from 2008. 2017-19 Oct 2006

2003 ()

ripe, brewed nose, shows the garrigue herbs. Pretty, supple, scented attack, a light meaty undertone, tannins emerge and grow, are well in evidence. Good, potent, honest wine with elements well integrated. Esp 2007/08 on. 2018-21 March 2005, London

2001

the nose is dull, the palate rather ordinary, a touch sweet, lacks real depth. Destemmed crop, aged 2-3 year 225-litre oak casks 12 months, 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv. 2011-12  March 2003