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35-70+% Grenache (av age 40 yrs), 20+% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-9% Terret Noir, 0-25% Counoise (1998), 1-5% Vaccarèse (2000), 0-5% Clairette blanche from Les Tresquous (N-W), Cabrières (N-W), Les Galimardes (S-E), destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 75% large 30-48 hl barrels, 25% vat 12 months, fined, can be filtered, 7,300-16,000 b

2016 ()

(barrel/vat) dark red colour. The nose combines blackberry fruit with a graceful note of raspberry, has a neatly rich style. The palate holds quite vibrant fruit with a mixed red and black berries flavour, and a stream of salted tannins lengthening it freshly. This has good life, is juicy, and is unforced. The finish needs to expand to take account of the pebbly tannins there, so leave until at least mid-2019. There’s more to come. 13.5°. 2031-33 Oct 2017

2015 ()

fair red robe. The bouquet has a singed aspect, is raw, has an air of pine woods, raspberry fruit with overt pepper. It’s subdued post bottling. The palate gives red fruits with tang in the tannins. It’s not a whole as yet and its horizon is only medium. Workmanlike Châteauneuf here. The finish can round out over the next nine months. Bottled already. 14.2°. Drink from mid-2017. 2021-22 Sept 2016

2014

mottled red robe, raises a question or two. This has a baked nose that is rather on the undernourished side vis-à-vis its peers. There is a plum fruit, subdued expression. The palate shows better than the nose, with a clear-noted red fruit, and some charge as it goes. It ends with a local moment of garrigue style firmness. 13.5°. 16,000 b. €19. Bottled July 2015.  From mid-2016. 2025-26  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

light robe, even watery at the rim. This is rather thin and commercial. There is a sweetness on the attack but little behind that, and the finish is drying. 13.5°.Bottled already. From 2015. 2020-21 JL Oct 2014

2012

dark red; tea, thyme, rather roasted pork air; the fruit has a sweet content, derives from well ripened grapes, is quietly sweet overall. There is a busy, emphatic run of black fruit with supple, squeezy tannins in a pleasing, accessible texture. The end is smoky, and there is a spot of acidity there to tickle things up. Good, secure length, the fruit rolling well, and bonny late juice making it promising and stylish. 15°. Bottled May 2015, very early, all about the immediate fruit and roundness. 16,000 b this year. From mid-2014. A completely adapted blend this year: just 35% Gren, 25% Counoise, 22% Syrah, 8% Mourv, 5% Vaccarèse, 5% Clairette blanche. 2022-23 Nov 2013

2011 ()

medium depth red; has a ripe, authentic, traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape aroma – accentuated redcurrant fruit, with a mingle of herbs and spice, some farmyard. The palate starts sweetly on a flavour of strawberry – it revolves around its good, rich Grenache core, ends on its suave texture, the tannins built in. Traditional wine with some evolution, sound drop -  drink with game. It is quite weighty, but manages to end with a cocoa tang. 15°. From mid-2014. 2025-26  Dec 2012

2010 ()

the robe has a matt hue. Plum, damson plum fruit air, a reductive, gummy note to the nose with some rosemary, sweet herbs, red liqueur, even lavender. The palate has a taste of sweet tea, caramel and coffee. It lacks lift, and I suspect it will evolve rather quickly. The tannins are gummy, and it is rather stolid. From late 2012. Does not grab me. 2018-20. €17.50 at the cellars 62% Gren, 17% Syrah, 11% Mourv, 10% Vaccarèse, 12,000 b this year. Dec 2011

2009 ()

(barrel/vat) full, rather matt toned red. Smoky, scented red fruits nose with a plush leaning in it, also the sun-kissed galet stones: this can vary over time. The palate is rather low-key – it starts on a wire nerve, possesses sinewed fruit. It never really stretches out with confidence, and finishes hesitantly. From 2014. 2023-25 Oct 2010

2008 ()

purple, mauve top tints in a dark red robe. The bouquet works its way across the glass, successfully, has packing and promise – the re is wrapped up black fruit. Also bacon, grilled airs. There is initial ripeness on the palate, but then front of mouth acidity takes over and distracts from its pleasure. The acidity is on top in the final stages – this needs to fuse – if it can do that, it will be OK. Right inside, its fruit is clear. From late 2011. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2007

2 bottles tasted 1st is corked; 2nd bottle: red with a little mauve at the top; the bouquet shows mild, low-key sweet blackberry fruit that has confines, is not limitless – there are smoky, “dark” airs in this. The palate holds gentle black fruits that are laced with tar in the flavour, a charcoal infusion from its oaking or barrel – a slight burn. It needs to settle post-bottle. Traditional, hearty style of wine without the modern, sleek polish. Needs to rid itself of its end burn note. 2019-20 Nov 2008 Previously June 2008 *** (95% of the final wine) full, mauve-violet robe. Has a good, fleshy, openly fruited nose – it walks the walk well, is appealing. There is abundant fruit up front on the palate, some sweetness, and the wine is round most of the way, with only a little late tannin. There are hints of it tightening up, as spice and mineral play on the second half of the palate. The balance is sound, the fruit is beau. A w.o.w. wine for its accessibility. “It always was expressive, and its tannins very silky – we seek silky matter,” Ludovic Cellier. 2017-18 June 2008