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The Wines

40-50% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 20-30% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault (vines 1960s-1970s) from 4 hectares of red clay, sand, galet stone covered soils 300 metres from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, yields 20-25 hl/ha, destemmed, 20-25 day vinification in concrete vats, some vat-emptying and cap punching, raised concrete vat 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic, biodynamic wine, 8,000 b

2016

red robe with a spot of purple. There is a low-key hum of blackberry on the nose, a touch of black raisin – it has attractive depth and assurance, good fruit depth, a wee note of iodine. This is a Big Boy, comes with a good gras richness filling and ripe content, tannins that dimension. It’s proper table wine with the stuffing to match its 15°. The attack is broad, and there is nice intensity in its late red fruits. It’s structured to be a true wine of the south. It is still making its way, and will develop further – drink from mid-2018. I give it marks for interest, and it signs off with length aided by the Mourvèdre. Drink with beef, venison. 15°. 2024-25 Nov 2017

2010

dark, shiny robe; grilled, sun off the hot stone plateau air here, a thorough depth of red berry fruit in a chunky bouquet. The palate leads with demanding red fruit, and is taken over by assertive tannins, and a power of acidity and alcohol. It ends drily, recedes. I wonder about the acidity. 14.5°. To 2016. Bottled Nov 2011, €14, 50% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv, 10% Cins this year. Feb 2012

2009

matt plum red; the nose is not evident for now: crabapple, red berry jam notes, but with a thinner contributor such as quince, a wee lean spot. Has a red cherry, liqueur flavour – Grenache in its prime here. It is mostly round all through, ending on licorice and backed by a steady tannic couch that is not intrusive. Good fidelity to the Grenache here. The aftertaste is clear, minted. 2014-15 Oct 2010