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95-100% Grenache (1900) from 1.1 hectare on La Crau, 0-5% Counoise, Cinsault, Grenache blanc (1916), destemmed, 20 day vinification Syrah, 25 day vinification Grenache, Mourvèdre at max 30-31°C, pumping overs, cap punching first 4-5 days, 50% concrete vat (before 2012 was 90% concrete vat), 50% 2 year 600-litre oak cask raised 11 months, 6,000 b

2016

(vat/cask) fine red robe, true Grenache. Very attractive sweetness and perfume appear on the nose, a delicate scenting of rose hip, with precise strawberry fruit. This is a good start! The palate segues well from the nose, is most charming, with a take your time approach in its delivery of perfumed red fruits and musky tannins. The finish is serene, rounded. This extols the Grenache with a neat and calm assurance, is a proper en finesse Châteauneuf, as it should be. 15.5°. From 2021-22. 2036-39 Oct 2017

2015

(vat/casks) quite a dark red colour. The nose is sturdy, reflects cooked plum fruits with attached sweetness, soaked raspberries. The palate centres on fluid gras richness, has a raspberry, tangy, flavour. The tannins are a touch dark, edgy. This can meld together, offers a genuine glass of Grenache wine with a suave coating of texture. There are sweet herbs on the aftertaste. Close to STGT it is. 100% Grenache. From mid-2019. 2031-33 Sept 2016

2012

(vat/cask) 100% Gren this Year and 6,000 b - on  the rise: pretty full red robe; speckled, grainy air, with cooked plum, licorice – the bouquet is uncertain, streaky, not all together. The palate holds pine-spiced Grenache plum fruit, with iron tannins present. Its grip is steely, has an eau de vie leaning, the tannins grain-infused, notes of clipped mineral here. The power in side it is raw, and there is some late heat. Needs time to shape up and meld. From late 2016. 15° 2028-30 Nov 2013

2010

(to be bottled Dec 2011) full, bright red; has a supple, shiny red fruit air, redcurrant jelly mixed with crabapple, and a touch of spice. An inspired nose is building up. Bonny, generous juice on the palate, lots of fragrance in the red berry fruit. Has some meatiness hidden in it. Very classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape garrigue and herb on the palate, with plenty of silken texture. It takes on smoky tannins, and promises well, has mystery, potential complexity. There are tickles of fine fruit at the end, a nice trail. From 2015. 2030-32. “In 2010, I started picking for this earlier than before – so it is 15°, not higher,” Guillaume Gonnet. Nov 2011

2009 ()

(vat) matt, mottled red; lightly scented red jam air, along with licorice and an almost salty, baked air of arid stones. Sweet, obvious red fruits debut – its tannins are pebbly, and veer towards the dry. Plenty of Grenache typicity. It is juicy, but the ripeness and the drought of 2009 means it dries in its later stages – I reckon it can arrange that over time, since there is good drive in it. Has a herbal aftertaste. From 2013-14. 2024-26 Oct 2010

2007

the robe is maturing – it is red with dark tints but shows evolution at the top. The bouquet offers scented red plum fruit airs, a true herbs and garrigue posting; there is also some heat and a hint of the marc from its vat. The palate presents the fine fruit of the Grenache, and a wiry thread, a tension, before a heated, spirity end. It has the baked nature of the vintage, and it must be drunk with food, strong flavours. I find its underlying lack of balance – it is over 16° - problematic. Leave until 2014-15. 2022-24  Oct 2010  Previously Dec 2008 ****(*) (vat) stable, quite dark red colour; the aroma is even handed, calm – it is sealed now, but suggests a brooding mix of airs to come. The palate has a firm core, with noticeable tannins, just on the austere side for now. There are good sides to this – it runs securely and its clarity is pretty, The finish is pure; an alert, well-filled wine. From 2011. 2023-26 Dec 2008