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usually 60-80% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 0-20% Mourvèdre, chosen by tasting, 25-30 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, some pumping overs near the end, aged 55-75% steel vat 18 months, 25-45% new 228-litre oak casks 15 months, then vat 3 months, fined, unfiltered, first wine 1999, 6,500 b

2016 ()

(vat/casks) full, dark red robe. The nose is dark, not expressive, shows a little beef stock with an inner note of cooked plums, fruit density. The palate bears thorough Grenache that textures and thickens it, stamps its mark. There is a full richness in it, and it is in no way overheated. The oak is a secondary theme, which is good. The aftertaste is rounded, lip smacking, on the gras, with length and menthol implicit. From 2021-22. 2038-41 Oct 2017

2013

(vat/casks, bottling Jun 2016) full red robe. The bouquet is deep, but not showy; cooked black cherry fruits are secondary to a tar, smoked outer. The palate bears an enjoyable weight and a good roll of richness, the finish on raspberry, red fruit notes. It has plenty of potential, and expresses Grenache well, some darkness attached from the other varieties. The finish is gummy, toffee moments from the oak. The finish delivers a tasty ball of red fruit juice. Assembled May 2015, 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv, 30% new oak. 3,350 b this year. From 2019-20. 2029-32  Oct 2015

2012

pretty full red robe. The nose sweeps broadly on a mix of mulled raspberry and toffee from the oak; there are garrigue, herbs, hints, but it is still in the cellar. Has definite promise to vary and show inspired local influences. The palate delivers a charged debut, is full on in its kirsch, red cherry thrust. The tannins are gummy for now, and I sense the presence of the Syrah on the second half. There is juiciness for the future. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv, 50% new oak. 27 hl/ha. From 2019. 2030-32  Oct 2015

2011 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2010 ()

dark red, full robe. The nose is ample, tight-knit, a really close weave of red berry, mulberry fruit with smoky dabs from its oaking. It gives a red meat, slight reduction, as well. Wow, this is sturdy, not a chink of light – it has a long way to go. The palate goes wide and deep: it holds concentrated essence of red fruit, cherry and raspberry and achieves all-important freedom along the palate, never slowed by its undoubted weight. It has much packing, but the 2010 liberty is on hand to help the flow. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv, 45% new oak, 3,000 b. From 2020. 2036-38  Oct 2015

2009 ()

shiny, dark robe. The nose is restrained but wide – there is a low-level air of oak, with mocha, cocoa, pepper. The palate reflects oak, but thankfully there is abundant gras richness around it. a good ball of fruit and matter. Genuine, polished Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with sweetness built in. It is long, the ending aromatic. From when to drink is the main question: say, 2017 onwards. Bottled 6 months ago. 15°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv, 55% vat, 45% oak raising. 2031-33 Dec 2011

2007

full red robe. Bounce of baked plains off the bouquet, which broods, is not evident. It has some discreet authority and restraint, shows a little plum fruit, smoke-licorice airs. The palate offers enticing red fruit that is spiced and prolonged: it builds weight as it goes, ends on a charge of matter, its heat only just under control. A sipping wine. Chunky oak and tannin moments at the end. From 2013, and decant. 15°. 2026-28 Oct 2010

2006

comfortably full red; broad bouquet, a bit under wraps, but summons up chocolate, date, some of the Christmas cake and Port; sweetness peeks out, along with mineral notes. Raisin-date debut to the palate, which is ripe, with damp notes in it, a soaked style to this wine. It almost a post-dinner drink, just sip a small glass. Charcoal, prune, coffee feature on the aftertaste. From mid-2012. It is just starting to loosen, as shown by a mineral aftertaste. 15° - at least. 2021-24. 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah this year, aged 65% vat, 35% new oak 16 months. Oct 2010

2005 ()

bright, dark red robe; has a suave, curvaceous blackberry aroma with a little of the baked stones in it- it is appealing, sexy, still very young, at its first stage. Good, cleanly presented, fleshy palate – its red fruits such as damson, plum and cherry are just a little soaked in nature. Runs evenly, regularly, until late heat and oak peek out. It is on the verge of closing down, and expect its tannins – these are mostly ripe - to become more prominent. It needs to throw off its oak and become more local. Could have more inspiration, is not that full somehow. Raisin and Dundee cake on the aftertaste. Bottled 4 July 2007. From late 2010. 15°. 2020-22 June 2008 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah this year

2004

its red robe has held up well. Has a prune-red berry aroma with attractive freedom and lift, a real good spark of clarity about it, along with charcoal from oak; it is still young. The palate is doing well now, but hasn’t fully gone beyond its oaking. In places there is a stylish, correctly southern wine, with flashes of pedigree fruit before. The finish implies oak. It remains a wine of élévage, raising, and you have to like that style. It closes on some oak, and then becomes more vacant. 15°. 2027-29  Nov 2015 Previously Oct 2006 ****(*) 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre this year, aged 75% vat, 25% new oak 16 months: (pre-bottle) tangy, slightly sous-bois/damp woods bouquet with black fruits and herbs present. Good, direct black fruit with pretty herb and garrigue lining. Plenty of content, and is long. Rather international now, but has sufficient fullness to get out and express some terroir by around 2009. Can integrate well with time. 2019-22 Oct 2006

2003 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED – “It would have lowered the standard of our Tradition wine,” Jean Lançon.

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2001

40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre this year, aged 60% vat, 40% new oak 15 months: red that is receding a little at the top; honey, oak, maturing bouquet with blackberry or prune jam air below – it is wide, and just a little entrance of meat and game appears in it, along with aromatic fruit wisps that are sympa. The palate is all wrapped up – a wine that never really held a clear tinkle of fruit thanks to its oak raising. The effect at seven years is a sealed-up wine that still lacks great nuance. The debut gives some red stone fruit flavour, with tannin and oak around it. It finishes firmly, guided by its oak. It holds gras or richness, so can still run on and get itself in the clear. The palate runs along the rich, raisin, Dundee cake route, and it is a wine for those who like these deliberately imposing, sipping productions that are high in degree and mass. It hasn`t thrived in the past year – has become more weighty. 15°. 2020-23 Nov 2008 Previously Oct 2007 **** the robe is still full – a plum colour with some lustre. The nose is at an early second stage – earthy black fruits, proper substance in the aroma, with game entering the mix. The palate black fruit is lined with some pepper, and underpinned by a rich prune: these are bonny black fruits with a sweet tone. There is a late coffee-cocoa moment after the richness, a comfortable drier note. The oak is largely absorbed, except for a bit of tar at the very end. 2016-18 Oct 2007 Previously Nov 2003 **** very dark red. Has a warm, quite open, suave and jam style nose – red berries and crabapple. The palate is rich, with some black tannins present. A wine of good, accomplished texture, and lingering richness. Authentic, and has good length. 15°. From 2006. 2019-20 Nov 2003 Previously May 2003 *** warm, generous nose, wide and full of rich content. Fleshy, rounded palate, big ripe fruit here, plenty of matter. Touch of grape skin effect towards finish, with a mineral edge on the aftertaste. Aims to be big, sweet, plush wine. Rather confected for my taste, sweet tooth lovers please apply. Esp 2005 on. 2014-16 May 2003

2000 ()

Bottle 1 is corked. Bottle 2: dark plum colour; has a brewed air and a caramel top note from its oaking – still. The interior is certainly profound with some sweetness wrapped around into black fruit and prune aromas. The palate is solid, compact, with measured prune, mature blackberry fruit, then grip from its oak – a certain clamping from that. There is a little mineral dash towards the finish, that changes its texture. This is still a fleshy wine, with options. The length is good. Is not yet that local – from 2010 for that. 2019-21 June 2008 Previously April 2004 **(*) the bouquet shows tight, brewed black fruits, with a bosky, sappy nature, the tightness in part from its oak. The palate comes in a hearty, full style, and risks being overdone in the cellar. The finish is rather taut. I sense that this is not a good moment for the wine. 2012-15 April 2004

1999 ()

mild red robe. There is a Syrah-influenced, baked red fruit air on the bouquet, which rambles out, accompanied by a few fungal notes and game emerging as well. The palate starts on restrained red fruit that is rather puckish, not really stretching out, plays hide and seek. Tannins grow, and this doesn`t come across as typical Châteauneuf. The lenth is OK – this has the 1999 vintage cut. Ends on quince, redcurrant. This its youth is still here, and it would benefit from decanting. 2021-22 Nov 2009 Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) has a full robe with a dark core of red. The bouquet is good and mixed – shows baked apple, unusually, with stewed, smoky raspberry – is tight knit, solid. The palate is also solid – there are stone fruits with a smattering of firm tannins. Is pretty elegant, the texture is smooth, and the wine passes along well. A nicely broad, full wine, with a little end heat. Is absorbing its oak now, though there is some trace of that from a vanilla taste and the introduction of a slight dry note on the last moments. Ends with oak rather than fruit, although the fruit is pretty. 2018-20 Nov 2006