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80-90% Grenache (1910-1940s, mainly from Farguerol (N-W), 5-10% each Syrah, Mourvèdre, the first wine chosen ahead of the classic, the Grenache whole bunch fermented, so 10-20% destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, crop cooled at 8-10°C 36 hours, pumping overs, vat emptying/refillings, Grenache vat raised, Syrah, Mourvèdre aged new oak casks 15-18 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2004, 6,500-21,000 b

2016

(vat) full red robe. The bouquet gives an elegant, pure depth of red berry fruits, glistens with wellbeing. The palate sequels well from it, bears free, suave richness, a flavour of cherries near the stone, with bright tannins to round it off. It’s a modern, mobile style of Châteauneuf, the fruit pleasing and easy to appreciate. It’s just a trifle arm’s length, rather than coming close-up and personal. The balance is sound. From 2020. 2033-36 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(casks) sustained dark red robe. The bouquet is wide, has a concentrated prune and black raisin air, notes of roast beef. The palate is chunky, holds clamped down black fruit content with inner intensity. This is charged, and requires leaving until 2021 to brighten its features. Its late moments are solid, with concentrated juice there. It has a grounded, genuine make-up, and will do well over time. 2031-34 Sept 2016

2014

(vat) dark red. The bouquet is solidly set, not offering a lot openly today. There is a black jam fruit couch inside it. The palate carries supple, gourmand fruit and gras, with some smoky notes. It runs widely, has a ground force more than an airborne instinct. There is fat and also ripe, plump tannin in this. The aftertaste is spiced. Decant it when young. From mid-2018. 2030-33  Oct 2015

2013

shiny dark red, handsome robe. The nose is engaging, goes boom on a promising depth of loganberry, blackberry fruit. It spreads widely without effort. The palate runs with good, sustained gras richness and its tannins fit in pretty well: they debut on smoothness, then pick up rocky tang, and end with a bang. This is polished, but has local heart. 15°. From mid-2018. 2030-33  Oct 2015

2012

(concrete vat, bottling March 2014) dark red; red cherry liqueur aroma, specks of rosemary, an oily and sweet essence in it: this bouquet rocks off the starting pad. This has a high visibility palate, gives an up front delivery of soaked black cherries and plums backed by spicy, rolling tannins. Big Action here: it shows fresh drive on the finish, a mint cut entering as it ends. This engages well, and will be more interesting and subtle as it ages. From 2017. 15°. 20,000 b, 85% Gren, 10% Mourv, 5% Syr this year. 2028-29  Nov 2013

2011

quite dark red. Sweet, red stone plum fruit aroma, jelly-like. The nose is all about fat appeal. There is a sugary fatness here – a soaked strawberry and plum flavour which persists pretty well. There are supple tannins inside. It is close to the limit on its alcohol. From late 2014. 15°. 2025-26  Dec 2012

2009

dark robe. Rolling depth to the nose – it shows simmered black berries, tea notes, isn’t open, has a sealed tendency. This is big scale, dense wine that leads to a granular end. Dark berries lie at its centre, has the strength of galet stones vineyards, and a grip on the finish. Manly wine, taking its time – from 2016, say, is a slow evolver. It handles its degree and represents the vintage accurately. 15°. 2028-30  Oct 2013  Previously March 2011 **** attractive low-tone black colour. Good, quiet sweet plum fruit airs, is going to be local with its hovering herbal touches. Sunny, likeable sweetness on the attack, then it grips, gains tannin. Has the shape of good Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Baked notes on the finish and aftertaste line up with the 2009 profile. From 2014. 2024-26. 21,000 b this year. March 2011

2008 ()

only 1,200 b this year, and 30% Syrah instead of 5-10%. Rest is 60% Gren, 10% Counoise, all destemmed. Quite dark. Tarry, smoky nose – a chunky start to proceedings. Blackberry/licorice debut to palate that throbs away. A composite wine without a lot of light in it – I find darkness here. Stiff wine. From 2013. 2019-20 March 2011

2007

the robe is still dark. The bouquet has the 2007 intensity, comes from within with a concentrated blackberry and mixed herbs. It is prolonged, genuine and really persistent. The palate is close to the nose: this is good. It attacks on firm, bustling black fruit, with power coming through towards the finish. This bears a natural strength, without the intervention of the cellar raising or handling. It could have been bottled later, I feel. It has close-up depth and inner drive. 90% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah. 15°. 2032-34  Oct 2015

2006 ()

red robe that is fairly full. Has a plum, strawberry jam aroma entwined with some smokiness, a touch of tobacco, cigar paper and licorice. This bouquet is potentially broad and latently powerful. The attack on the palate is full of red fruits in a very Grenache manner, is classically rounded and the flow is prettily silken. Very round on the finish – great harmony here. Good length, has an aromatic aftertaste with a little tannin evident. A very good ensemble for lovers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape en finesse. A future soprano. “This has already changed in a short time – I think it can gain length over the next three years, and may close after that. There was a good pH acidity level in 2006 and interesting tannins,” Vincent Durieu. 15°. 90% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre this year, 6,7000 b. Bottled April 2008. 2020-22 June 2008 Previously Nov 2007 ***(*) (casks) some black colour fused with the red robe. Has a plenty bouquet, with a sweet, open, quite dense nature, shows some toffee, burnt crème caramel, light beef stock, while the fruit content is like plum. The palate is also sweet-toned, is a gourmand, fat wine with a round shape and plenty of ripe, fleshy appeal. Its rounded tannins lie nicely inside, but provide a little late control and direction. It is a touch heady, and I get the sense that the winemaker`s foot has been pressed to the floor here in the cellar, that it is a bit pushed. Ends on a peppery note. From 2010. 2022-24 Nov 2007

2005

ripe red colour, with some maturity in its hue. Has a prominent Grenache aroma, with plum sweetness and some toasting, mint chocolate and some slight pine resin in the air. This is a textured wine delivered in an easy, soft way, without make-up; its red fruits have some dash and freshness, and run on cleanly, even though it is a high degree wine. It tightens towards the finish, and takes a tighter grip there without losing its sense of richness. There is some authority in this – it holds secure richness and persistence. From summer 2009. STGT wine. “It is very Grenache – cherry jam – in mid-palate. It impresses now if decanted,” Vincent Durieu. 2022-24. 90% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% Syrah, 16,000 b June 2008

2004

dark red; real swinging, harmonious red fruit nose, very clear-toned aroma, with garrigue herbs and spice present. The palate runs on well, with a lot of good binding in the fruit. This is a lithe wine of good character and crisp fruit. 14°. 2020-22 Nov 2007 6,700 bottles this first year.

2000 ()

rather a live bouquet, crisp dark fruit, herbs. This is pebbly, full, rather good wine, has a sinewed nature. Has a cool texture, decent length. Needs two years. 2014-16 March 2003