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64% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 4% various, 2% Counoise, 80% destemmed, 2-3 week vinification at up to 30°C, daily pumping overs & part vat emptying/refillings, cap punching, aged 25% steel vat, 25% concrete vat, 25% large barrel, 25% used 228-litre oak casks (until early 2010s aged 50% new oak casks, 50% used casks, large barrels) 18 months, 15-30,000 b

2017 ()

(vat/large barrel/casks, bottling Apr 2019) quite a dark red. The nose is sweet, on stewed red fruits, not really clear enough to be certain about it. It’s rather simple. The palate is also very straightforward, bears a glimmer of Châteauneuf supple richness, but lacks proper depth and spurs to it. This has a down the line style, without the nuance and pedigree of the best. It can be drunk now. 15.4°. 30,000 b 2028-29 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks/vats/barrel, bottling March 2018) shiny full red colour. The nose comes forward well, appeals via its deeply set raspberry fruit mixed with notes of rosemary, thyme. The palate is nicely wavy, bears good, rolling fruit with a bonny sweetness and ripeness, in the 2016 vein. The tannins fit in precisely, though the finish is a little dry for now. This can go long on enjoyment, is an attractive wine, and, if the finish is sorted out, its balance will be good. 15.3°. 30,000 b. €24. From late 2019. 2031-33 Oct 2017

2014

(casks) bright red robe. This has an attractive nose led by raspberry fruit and a note of herbs - it can develop, has lift. The palate is agreeably robust, and presents southern, ripe fruit with a northern breeze to add flair. Very good fruit quality here. This is really appealing, will be a delightful, genuine and stylish wine, with STGT connotations. Good length, also. I recommend this. From mid-2017. 2030-32  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) medium red robe, light at the rim. The nose has a herbal, plummy edge. The palate is similar, but with a little more red fruit character. The finish is firm. Its alcohol is a little invasive. This lacks precision. 14.5°. From 2016. 2023-24 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

(casks) red robe, shiny, not that deep; The bouquet gives airs of hedgerow berries, pine, bosky airs, red berries, with traces of thyme. The palate holds fluid fruit, has supple juice in it, is fresh at the end. Thus it is accessible and clear. It is a wee bit simple, heat on the finish. There is a spot of tannin, not more than that. 14°. 2022-23  Dec 2012

2009 ()

(casks) red robe; oily, oaked, varnish air, comes with compact red fruits, brewed ones. The palate is scaled up, with its oak in charge; within lies some tuneful and rather polished red fruit. The fruit is also scented, fine. Modern wine, a bit soulless. From mid-2013. 2022-23 Oct 2010

2008 No Rating

Bottle 1 of cask/barrel sample: red with some depth. The aroma travels across the glass – bacon fat, green apples, is scorched. Acidity is prominent on the palate. The fruit is lined with acidity, empties out at the end. Bottle 2 of same: scorched nose. More depth on palate, offers red fruit, but never reaches a comfort zone. Some length. Needs retasting later. Dec 2009

2007 ()

quite full red; smoky, barbecue aroma with an underlay of black berries that run across the glass – the fruit is ripe, and the front nose is underpinned by the air of a stony plateau. The palate has a calmly juiced start, a supple debut, comes with a fleshy red jam flavour such as strawberry. The length is sound. This has Grenache in the driving seat, and its fruits lasts well. Agreeable wine. Signs off with some licorice and even liquid honey. From late 2009. 2019-20 Nov 2008

2006

(oak example) largely red colour with some matt in the hue. Prominent pepper accompanies red fruit on the nose, is not especially bright and suggests the old days in its style with some raisin present: is quite rich in its way. The palate is pretty thorough and full, and with its slight oxidative nature I reckon must have been raised in old wood. Is peppery late on, with a little meatiness and a spiced plum flavour. Traditional style of Châteauneuf, with quite a rich heart. Best to drink this with autumn or winter dishes. 2015-18 Nov 2007

2005 ()

matt tone to robe; Smoky, high tone bouquet of overt power, has red fruits, but is pebbly and acrid – this is meat n’potatoes wine here. Thrusting, no time to stop and pause wine – comes in a modern, extracted style. This leaves its finish rather empty. There is a red berries flavour but that is invaded by oak and cellar intervention. Try in 2009, cross fingers and toes for its outcome. 2013-14 Nov 2006