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50-86% Grenache, 8-21% Syrah, 5-14% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Counoise, 0-5% Cinsault, (av age 60 yrs) from very stony clay soils, destemmed, 3-week fermentation at up to 28-30°C, pumping overs, raised 70% concrete vat, 30% large barrel 13-15 months, filtered, organic wine, 40-80,000 b

2018

(vat/barrel) plum red colour; the bouquet has a seared note to it, an emphatic strength of red cherry fruit, takes no prisoners. The palate sets off with similar insistence, a red fruited content that is thorough into the close, a ground force sweeping it along. It finishes firmly, has dark strength, is a touch extracted. This is fuelled wine, with freshness inside, and persistent fruit to the aftertaste. It will become more friendly over time. From 2023. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2016

(vat/barrel) red robe. There’s an air of grilling above the red fruits, cherries, of the bouquet, making it a rather tarry, grounded affair. The palate gives buoyant raspberry, mulberry fruits right from the start, with another sense of pork crackling, grilling, present. It ends with some sleek tannins, a note of kirsch. It’s slightly plain, but isn’t wholly fused yet, with its degree a little on the outside, the aftertaste grainy. Therefore leave it until 2020. 14°. 2029-30 Nov 2017

2015

red robe, hint of purple. The bouquet rolls along on a  red cherry, raspberry aroma, has a simple appeal, no tricks up its sleeve. There’s a suggestion of mixed herbs. The palate is medium weight, easy to drink, rather functional Châteauneuf. There’s a little build in depth before the finish. The flavour centres on red cherry with a note of kirsch. The tannins have a chewy nature, the aftertaste gummy. I wish this domaine delivered more. 14°. 2025-27 Mar 2018 Previously Sept 2016 *** (vat/barrel) thorough, dark red robe. The nose has an inky quality, a baked blueberry fruit style, the inside of crushed grapes. The palate gives a line of cool black fruit, with a low-key tannic presence. It doesn’t ignite, but is correct, if a little straggly on the finish. Bottled already, which I think was early. 14°. From 2018. 2025-27 Sept 2016

2013

medium+ hue to the robe. Red fruit, cherry-raspberry notes on the nose, a touch of herb behind. This light to medium weight but holds attractive fruit. It is balanced. A lighter package, but well made. 14.5°. From 2016. 2022-24 JL Oct 2014

2011

fair red. Mulled red fruits with a liqueur angle, a little high in style from a very ripe Syrah black fruiting. Has a local grunt factor. Palate provides a sweet roundness of plum, Grenache-inspired fruit. Easy approach, true and traditional in its approach, though a crisper Syrah would have helped: sums up the challenges of 2011, thus. STGT wine. The blend is low on Grenache – 50-60% Gren, 21% Syr, 14% Mourv, 5% Vaccarèse, 5% Counoise, a few % Cinsault. Previously Dec 2012 **** (bottling next month) dark red, shine in it. The bouquet wanders out of the glass, led by blackberry with a thyme herb dusty covering, the fruit round and inviting, supple – this is elegant and pretty true Châteauneuf. The fruit has style, light sweetness, starts with a full purpose, drinks well now, since the attack is tasty. There is a gradual, deft entry of tannin towards the finish. A small amount of oak shows through. Fluid, enjoyable Grenache, accurate to the 2011 vintage; it is a good bundle of plum fruit, STGT wine that finishes clearly with fine dust tannins. 15°. €9.40 at the cellars – GOOD VALUE. 2022-24  Dec 2012

2010

rather dark robe; the nose has wide instincts, but is sealed up for now, and is led by a note of smoky red cherry, a notion of brioche as well, a yeasty angle. The palate gets off to a quiet start, bears subdued red fruit, and has a smooth texture until tannin and acidity enter the second stage; this is not integrated yet. I have some doubt about its ability to be a genuine ensemble. The later stages are brittle, not convincing. From spring 2013. 2018-20 Dec 2011

2007 ()

good, bright dark robe. Rather supple black cherry aroma, with nutty notes, a calm delivery. There is an underlying note of game. Broad and secure depth in this young bouquet, bodes well. Black, cherry fruit flavour which moves swiftly along, has cut and runs to the finish, where there is freshness and a spot of tannin. Lacks a little final width. Likeable fruit, fair depth. 2018-19 Nov 2009

2006

(vat) dark notes in its full red robe; the nose has a broad, rather rounded, nearly hearty bonhomme nature – there is a sweet casing to the black fruit bomb here. The palate is a wide, black fruit, prune and sweet berry affair – it isn`t that clear cut but is a momentum wine that pushes on under its intrinsic body mass. Round and a bit fat, plush it is, so it is. Quite typical, has a sweet aftertaste. Allow till 2010 so it can settle the nearly too much fruitiness, and hope it will be orderly post bottling. 2016-18 Jan 2008

2005

mid-depth red, matt hues. The red fruit aroma is quite benign, not that deep, comes with toffee, caramel, herbs. The palate is rather plain – the fruit is low-key. The upside is some late freshness. Lacks real dimension and scope. The length is fair. To 2015. June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 *(*) (pre-bottle) lighter robe than most, but still is a dark red. Herbal aroma, with slight funkiness; shows red jam, spice and laurel touches, is a bit angular. Sinewed palate, not very full as it goes along, and dips in the middle. Very brut and plain, a low horizon wine. Try in 2008. 2013-15 Nov 2006

2004 No Rating

No rating - evolving robe; mild, gummy fruit, garden red berries aroma. Modest flavour, this lacks true depth and imprint. The fruit isn’t fresh, there may be some volatile acidity. Oct 2006

2003

ruby red; floating, baked aroma that is still subdued, still restrained. Grenache from baked, hot stones on the attack, red fruit there that is decent enough in mid-palate. A bit dry, a bit short. Not a wine of any mystery. Length is fair. 2012-13 Feb 2006