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95-98% Grenache from from 1 ha on La Gironde (1965), 1.1 ha on Maucoil (1930s), 2-5% Mourvèdre, Cinsault, hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, 2-3 weeks vinification, daily pumping overs, raiaed concrete vat 10 months, unfined, filtered, 3-6,000 b


red robe. There is marked reduction on the nose, which means this needs double decanting to overcome the damp earth, slight farmyard notes. There is a plump aroma of cooked plum and raspberry within. The palate beckons via stylish red fruit with a liberal presence of mixed herbes de Provence – they form a large feature. It builds in tasty intensity towards the finish, and hums some power there, the tannins refined. Serious table wine, for red meats. It’s really wide as it closes, with juice going swish there. 14°. From spring 2017. 2024-26 Sept 2016

2011 ()

mild, shiny red. Has an air of stewed plums, sweet notes, a round bouquet that is fat, ample, and shows signs of advance. The palate is pliant, bears Grenache fruit that is already mature; it has floral scenting, soft tannin, is traditional in style, doesn’t have great lift. Rather sweet and pastille-like, requires food. I note a high degree of 15°. Not really what Côtes du Rhône should be – fails to drink freely, with whizzo attributes. 2016  May 2013

2005 ()

clear, bright red; red fruit aroma, with a stylish, clear tone: shows baked fruits, fruit gums. The palate fruit clarity is good, is very style maison in its clarity; comes with direct appeal, is an uncluttered wine that persists and is tasty, gives fruit delight at the end. Shows well now, has good width, but its fruit is the key. Decisive wine, beau. To 2010. Nov 2006