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60-75% Grenache, 10-40% Syrah, 0-15% Mourvèdre, selected by tasting, 25-30 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, some pumping overs near the end, aged 60-75% vat 18 months, 25-40% new oak 15 months, then vat 3 months, fined, filtered, first wine 2000, heavy bottle, 6,500 b

2016 ()

(oak/vat) glistening dark red-purple robe, legs visible. Smoky, sweet oak encircles its bountiful collection of wavy fruits, blackberry and ripe blueberry present, along with licorice. The palate bears graceful content, is shapely and tasty, the oak firm on the finish. In time, and with less oak, this will be a success thanks to the very good style, even flair, in the well-cut, brilliant fruit. There are prune notes in its long finish. Allow until 2022-23 for the oak to start to absorb. Its balance will permit it to live until 2039-42. Oct 2017

2014 No Rating

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2013 No Rating

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2012 No Rating

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2011 No Rating

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2010 ()

full, deep dark red. The nose presents an immediate air of oak, with a juiced depth of prune fruit behind. The chocolate and black raisin airs come from its oak. This is near dessert wine through its extreme ripeness and cellar handling. The palate is thickly coated and still in thrall to its oak. There is a Provençal garrigue implication inside it, thankfully. The 2010 freshness has helped, but it is still sipping, rather than drinking, wine. It is very long, very intense. It demands thick dishes, game, haunch of venison, and drinkers in good form beforehand. 70% Gren, 30% Syr, 60% new oak, 22 hl/ha. From 2020. 2037-40  Oct 2015

2009

(oak/vat) sound red colour; wide, rather scorched nose that reflects raisin, pebbly stones – has the air of being unfinished. The palate is big scale – it is wide, oaked, supple and fleshy; shows pine needles on the finish. Has flow through the palate, but needs four years to integrate. Good length. 2028-30 Sept 2011

2007

full, dark red; fungal, gamey nose that needs decanting – for now there is much animal in front, backed by baked stones, herbs, fennel, also violet and black stone fruits. The palate starts on a silky texture, then from the mid-point becomes more mineral, restrained, decisive. It is now close to harmonious, the elements are in place for that state. The juice flourish before the finish is agreeable, and works well, the length is fine-tuned. From spring 2012. Decant this. 2023-26 Oct 2010

2006

deep plum red, thorough robe. There is a tint of oak in the gathering damp, vaguely under woods or sous-bois aroma, prune and meaty airs ride with it – a pretty deep and wide bouquet. The palate offers dates, cocoa flavours, dark fruits, eastern spices, has a rich texture. It ends on licorice, spiced prune with a welcome uptick of flowers right at the end. There is a good glow in this, it has decent balance, and for now oak emerges on the aftertaste. From mid-2012, can be decanted. 15°. 2021-23. 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah this year. Oct 2010

2005

full black robe; the bouquet is still primary, with crackly black fruit that holds some herb-garrigue. The palate has a beefy, modern oaked and gutsy nature, with beef stock towards the finish and a herbal aftertaste. Holds a lot of dense, sealed matter, its tannins are quite live and it thrusts long and late. Good, challenging and interesting wine with lots of excitement in it. 2021-24 April 2008, London Previously Jan 2008 ***** 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah this year: bright, quite full red-black robe; has a sealed up black fruit aroma, with some tangy black pepper and a little raisin. The palate starts on a balanced, collected note – the fruit flows well, and continues with an assured persistence. Has a late bundle of red fruits, live end tannins and pretty freshness. Wholesome, well-balanced wine. From 2010. 2025-26 Jan 2008, London

2004

65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre this year: dark plum robe; there is a nice dart in the bouquet that is live and not en rondeur at all – is marked by cocoa, chocolate tones especially, with a backdrop of red stone fruit and some game in the very back room. The palate starts with tar, black fruit, and raisin effects – with grip from its oak. The texture is rich within, the length is good. Has a good late couch of black fruit and prune. The bouquet will have be more varied from 2009. 15°. 2021-23 Oct 2007 Previously Oct 2006 ** quite a full robe; bouquet carries black fruit, brewed China tea with floral edges and a raisin air. Rather advanced flavour for its age – sappy fruit, grapes left to hang. Not convincing – more acidity would help. Lacks vitality at two years because of the estate policy – this is a heavy style of wine, OK if you like that. 2013-15 Oct 2006

2003 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2001

60% Grenache, 40% Syrah this year: matt, quite dark red; coffee, sweet air to the bouquet that has a curve in it, and is also rich from its oak that lends it a toffee air, with a raisin, rum cake note behind. This is a Big Scale wine on its debut – it pumps out a black fruit, raisin-licorice, date flavour which is inwardly rich, outwardly a little heated. This is sipping not drinking wine, 15.5° on the label tells its story, all of that alcohol by design, mind you. The depth of tannin is interesting, while mild oak surfaces on the finish. Good length, spiced aftertaste. A powerful wine, still very much on the case. 2019-21 Nov 2008 Previously Nov 2003 ***(*) nice dark cherry robe; alert, warm, stylish cooked fruit on the nose, with honey and grilled notes. The palate holds sappy black fruit – it is a warm wine of nice authority, with tannins appearing on cue and directing it. A little oak and tar on the finish, and a dry oak finale, though there is richness within. From 2008. 2021-23 Nov 2003