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80% Grenache, 5-10% Syrah, 5-15% Mourvèdre, 1-4% Cinsault, 2-4% Counoise from galet stone soils on Farguerol (N-W), Pied de Baud (N-W), 20-50% destemmed, crop cooled at 8-10°C 36 hours, 3-4 week vinification at 26°C, pumping overs, vat emptying/refillings, concrete vat raised 15-18 months (until early 2010s Syrah, Mourvèdre aged new oak casks 15-18 months), unfined, filtered, 16,000-45,000 b


(vat) Victoria plum red colour. The nose is sultry, with pot-pourri, dried flowers and plump, sweet plum fruit, notes of spice, sandalwood. The palate comes as a broad ball of richness, is absolutely rounded, and parades the spiced virtues of well-ripened Grenache: that makes the juice thick and constant. The aftertaste is also spiced. This is a big, intense glass of wine, with human effort in it: wait until 2020-21. 2035-38 Oct 2017


(vat) sound red robe. The nose centres on crisp red berry fruit, and has an ex-vat angle, a lack of refinement for now. There are light floral drifts. It has weight, and is true to its place. The palate leads on raspberry fruit with a sense of liqueur, its tannins pretty well inset, the length sound. This will run on well, so leave until 2019 at the earliest. It is genuine, has terroir in its veins, leans towards STGT. The aftertaste gives smoky red fruits, with dried herbs. 2029-31 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(vat) red robe. The nose is restrained, offers a quiet fruit, blackberry with a little note of mint clarity. The palate has a ripe fruits flavour of prune and date, which is rather out of step with many 2014s. There is a sweet fruit centre and an appearance of tannin near the finish. I almost think this may have some (legit) 2013 in it. It ends with a gras richness and slightly chunky tannin. From 2018. 2028-30  Oct 2015

2013 ()

red robe. Has a nicely open nose, agreeable depth, an intense air of mulberry fruit, small red fruits, with garrigue herbs. It is mixed, wide, has potential, comes with menthol nuances. The palate expresses strength from within, delivers a genuine breath of warm lands and a lot of garrigue with Grenache plum and raspberry fruit that lingers. It poses questions now with its rawness, is a lusty wine, comes with no holds barred. Very honest, it is making its way. 14.5°. From 2018. 2028-30  Oct 2015


(vat, bottling March 2014) restrained red colour, very Grenache, spritz evident; there is a Pinot Noir aspect in the Grenache aroma on the nose, a mildly sweet plum fruit heart to it, all in roundness, a note of camphor above that. It isn’t yet properly tided up. The palate gives an initial jump of acidity; there is a big Grenache influence here from start to finish; it ends on a salty tang, pipe tobacco. It is some way off being ready to go. The fruit has a clean strike in it. This rushes out, then stops, the length fair. Not exciting enough. From 2016, can edge up the rankings a bit. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 5% Mourv, 3% Cins, 2% Coun this year. 45,000 b, €16. 2025-26  Nov 2013


(casks) quite a dark robe with a matt tendency. Chocolate, floral, brewed blackberry fruit air, traces of alcohol – a baked, sturdy nose. The palate has a sweet debut thanks to a black fruit, prune flavour that comes with a minted freshness; it is led by the cellar for now, gives a sense of extraction, isn’t entirely convincing. Muscular, from the ground up wine. It doesn’t set out to charm, is suited to autumn and winter drinking. From mid-2015. 15°. 2023-25  Dec 2012


bottled three weeks ago: rather dark. Reserved, smouldering bouquet – smoky blackberry, has a dash of herbs and cigarette ash, is young. Orderly start to the palate: this is full, dark, tangy, a bit stiff for now. Grainy, crunchy late tannin. From 2013. 2022-24 March 2011 Previously Oct 2010 ***(*) (vat) mild red. Low-key red fruits, herb aroma, along with toffee and smoke, notes of plum liqueur. The palate is more subtly interesting, picks up pebbly tannins, ends with resolve. This needs leaving until mid-2012. There is a good sense of a hand made wine here – local, small scale craft. Good length, typical Grenache. I note grain or oak on the later stages. Still raw good, but promising. 2020-23 Oct 2010

2006 ()

mid+ red colour. There is a mild red jam aroma of some curve, with ripe red cherry fruit foremost – it is still very primary. The palate is appealingly rounded, its red cherry fruit laced with some tannic grip that provides a sense of direction. It ends firmly and soundly. It will be more varied and nuanced around autumn 2009. Accessible, pretty pure wine with its tannins largely set within. This reflects 2006 well. Bottled April 2008: “it will gain more amplitude in its first year in bottle,” Vincent Durieu. 2018-19 June 2008 Previously Nov 2007 **** (casks) clear-toned dark, partly red robe; there are gracious black fruit aromas on the nose with floral hints – they run freely and suavely, and there is decent, easy depth to the bouquet. A sweet-toned black plum is laced with a little licorice. The palate shows a similar theme – black fruit with a clear expression, and a late binding of tannin, along with extras such as olives and spice. There is good potential harmony beckoning, especially from 2010 on. Gourmandise is in the shop window here, with late oak apparent. 2022-23 Nov 2007


fullish red colour. Has an enclosed red fruit nose of some upright authority, and potential variety; there are cedary and licorice trimmings floating around. The nose is almost waiting to pounce – has a brooding nature. The palate carries tight red fruit, and has a grainy mid-late palate. The red fruits peek out towards the finish – it is a wine of good structure, correct length as well, with richness hovering on the end. A slow evolution wine, it will be interesting around 2010 onwards. There is a lot of variety to come. It is genuine, and its richness is potentially mild and open. 2022-23 June 2008 80% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah