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77%-90% 1950s Grenache, 0-12% Carignan, 0-10% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre, destemmed, 3-week vinification with vat-emptying/refilling, vat raised 6-8 months, filtered, low yields around 35 hl/ha, “drink with grilled red meats”, 2,500 b

2016 ()

shiny dark red. Has a well-rounded, homely bouquet, stewed plums and cherries in the frame, raspberry on the edges. It’s a harmonious intro. This is silkily textured, flows with supple richness, red berry flavours with some decisive tannins bringing cut, life to its late moments. It’s a wholesome Côtes for la table, presents its Grenache well, the archetypal roundness, a savoury manner. It ends nice and completely, the fruit and content still right there. It’s genuine, with style. 14°. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah. 2020-21 Dec 2017

2005 ()

quite bright red; round, red jam hints with a smoky top edge, licorice edges – the bouquet has a solid shape, some attitude. Well-set fruits, mix blackcurrant-strawberry, on palate; this is a wine of solid constitution, and one that persists soundly. Shows the quality of 2005, the good vintage, is a good, honest wine with its own I.D. Drink to 2012, even though the fruit is interesting now – proper substance here. “I like this as an aperitif,” Serge Gradassi

2004 ()

(pre-bottle) steady colour. Live nose, good fruit that holds together well. Well-defined fruit on palate, cherry-plum style. Good and direct, clean wine, a bit "straight" without much variety. Mineral end. March 2005, London, due for May 2005 bottling

2003

some dark aspects in colour. Nutty, young bouquet, fruit is withdrawn. Supple attack, some tannic sides, attractive, clean, rather modern. More interesting probably in 2006. Tannins come back on finish. Best with some age. 2009-10 March 2005, London