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60-80% Grenache, 15-35% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 90% destemmed, 4-5 week vinification/maceration, pumping overs, some vat emptying/refilling, some manual cap punching, max of 30°C, aged concrete vat (Grenache) 3-10 year oak (Syrah) 12-14 months, then 4 months assembled in vat, unfiltered, 15,000 b

2018 ()

(concrete vat/casks) regular red robe; the bouquet bears a mild aroma of black berry fruit, has a sweet curve to it, comes with briar, garrigue touches that please. The palate is soft from the start, holds spiced strawberry jam flavours led by its Grenache, with a knuckle of tannin on the close. This is genuine, no frills Châteauneuf. It’s in a primary state still, leave until 2022. 2040-42 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(vat/casks) largely dark red robe. The nose has a lead aroma of raspberry liqueur fruit, the liqueur indicative of the ripeness of the fruit. There’s a backdrop of cooked plums, warmth. The palate holds good, savoury Grenache-led content, supple and gourmand tannins that are well in the mix. The finish is tasty, layered, nicely sweet. This avoids being cloying, gives nourishment, and relates its Grenache from the soils of Châteauneuf tale very well. 15°. From mid-2021. 2042-45 Oct 2018

2016

(vat/casks) deep, dark red robe. The nose gives thick, sweet red fruits via the Grenache, with an oxtail depth, sweet herbs, marjoram present. The palate is very well filled with great content, really nourishing, time for a knife and fork. It’s layered and persistent, is a wine of flair and good local strength. It finishes freshly, too. There’s a lot to like here in this complete, genuine wine: drink from 2020. 2037-40 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(vat/casks) mild red robe, a see-through top rim that somehow suggests it’s already in bottle (tasted blind - yes, it is). The nose gives peppery cut in front of smoky red fruits, has a vegetal connotation. The palate dips below the bar in terms of the depth of its content; although there is a slight build of matter towards the grainy finish. It’s rather a stripped bare Châteauneuf, which would benefit from more plumpness, fat. 15°. From mid-2017. 2028-30 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(vat/casks, bottling March 2016) medium red robe. The bouquet is backward, with a secure layer of raspberry, a soft hint of flowers. Time will bring it forward. The palate holds expressive red fruit with Grenache heart bringing depth. This has calm attributes, and captures 2014 accurately. The depth is agreeable, as is the freshness. For now it is rather timid, but will be a steady gainer over time. 14°. 60% Gren, 35% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2017. 2027-28  Oct 2015  

2012

(casks) full robe. This has a nose of sunny ripeness, gives an aroma of plump plum fruit, images of sunny days, an air of thyme; vanilla-oak are also here. The bouquet is one of immediate authority. The palate starts with a broad spread of full, lightly peppered fruit; the ripe crop has been well judged to give it its warm, savoury heart. It ends roundly, has the good sphere of proper Châteauneuf-du-Pape, not one of the overdone wines. The fruit is accurately cool in places and runs very well, giving interest and persistence. Long and accomplished wine, very good. From spring 2016. 60% Gren, 35% Syr, 5% Mourv this year. 2031-33  Nov 2013

2011

shiny, quite dark red. This has a ripely styled aroma that offers sweet strawberry jam, blackberry, riper notes of prune and fig. A jolly mélange here. The palate holds rather high octane Grenache red fruit, with a line of power through it, a vertebral column of wired tannins, too. There is a fat ball of flavour at the start, mulled and obvious. It drifts down on the finish. From 2015. Not really well-knit, and balance in some doubt. From 2015. 15°. 2024-26  Dec 2012

2010

quite a full red; nice, flinty, rubbed stones air, pumice stone, with a fresh black berry underlay that has salty, tar notes. The palate is more backward than the nose – there is a tangle of fruit and lithe tannin, an interesting unpredictability. It starts off with a darkness in its fruit and its tannin, ending on full, potentially striking notes. Wait for this good, loose-limbed 2010. Tar and tang feature on the aftertaste. This wine has character, is not a Superhighway wine. From 2014. 2030-33. Unusual percentages this year, due to coulure on the Grenache - low Grenache at 60% with 35% Syrah. €25 at the cellars. Dec 2011

2009

red with bright tints. Wrapped up, enclosed bouquet, gives a shimmer of heat, red berry jelly, is curvaceous, and I like the smoke and mystery in it. The palate delivers the juice of the vintage, notably at half way; drinks well now. And lengthens steadily as it goes. Good local feel, STGT in style. 2020-21 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 **** (cask/vat) full red plum colour; broad, muscular bouquet – it is not showing great detail for now, offers brooding and smoky black fruits, along with the biscuity air of raising. Has a resounding palate – a real throb of big flavour, from the full, liqueur academy. High octane - sip this, since it is nearly heady, but does have a fine control within. A big glass of wine, one that needs venison and full flavoured foods. There is juice in its gush after half way, and glows at the end. I give it marks for being ballsy. From late 2012. 2022-23 Oct 2010

2008 ()

(cask/vat) pleasant red, light top traces; rather broad, ticking aroma that comes with red jelly fruit airs – this is harmonious, attractive, inviting. Smoky, rather fine red fruit is drawn along the palate, runs cleanly. It picks up a snatch of late tannin and cut towards the finish. Neat, compact wine with an STGT leaning – it reflects local qualities. Has the slight end burn of 2008, but that is not prominent. Kind wine, agreeable length. From mid-2011. 2016-17. 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre this year. Dec 2009

2007 ()

(vat/cask) violet colour with a dark interior. There is a breezy top air to the bouquet, although it is reductive at its core: inside there waits black fruit that is plump and herbal – this has not yet formed its character. The sweet fruit debut on the palate is open and accessible, has a supple nature. The texture is soft all through, and the wine shows a fine late juice, ending quite widely. Sunny, bonny wine, where the non-Grenache elements have helped to lengthen it. From 2010. 2019-22 Nov 2008

2006

(assembled example at 14 months) full, quite inky, dark plum robe; the nose is pretty full, but dumb, has hints of meatiness, is corporal and thorough, comes in a grass roots style. The palate starts also reserved; the texture is quite rich, but is tightly woven, with stone fruit such as plums followed by a later, drier tone from the tannins. Has sound ageing structure. Is a wine of some character, and local instincts. At a very primary stage, with raisin, some lees understandably, is round and quite hearty and gutsy. From 2010. 2023-25 Nov 2007

2005

(example of final wine) dark, full robe; rounded, scented berry nose that persists with good, compact fruit. A lively strike of fruit on the attack, has plenty of vigour and direct appeal. The Syrah brings some width at the end. This flows well, the fruit is clear. Persistent, it dances well. Tannins are ripe. Esp 2009 on. Beau, openly fruited wine, may shut for a little while. 2023-26 Nov 2006

2004

bouquet aroma is laced with some late game - the fruit is red/black berry. Expressive bouquet in the making. Nice movement through the palate, with some mineral elegance and prune flavour. Still tight, but accessible. Reliable quality, its fruit persists nicely. Esp 2008 on, though can be drunk now on this display. 2020-22 Nov 2006 This year is 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah Previously Oct 2006 London **(*) red/black mix on robe; vigorous but still unformed, leathery black fruits bouquet with some power, and a rather funky underlay. Black fruit with a hint of aggression now, needs leaving till late 2008 to settle. May lack a little core, finishes rather early now, but there is more to come. 2015-18

2003 ()

bright, largely red, with a little top lightness in the robe; has a raisin-coffee aroma, with some spice and crackly pepper, a little oaking, with dampness and menthol, the fruit element red. The flavour is led by red jam or red berry liqueur – has a pretty roundness and sweetness. The curve in its shape lasts for most of the palate; it ends on a nutted, typically Grenache note, with some roasting. This is largely seamless for most of the way through the palate, and is moving into shape now. Reflects the vintage in its texture. 14.9°. 2019-21 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) bit of pale red in the robe; baked fruit, evolving bouquet with a pebbly side. Easy, round fruit pastilles start to palate – is well woven, sticks together fine and makes for solo drinking with the sucrosity and jam taste in the wine. Easy to like - delivers red fruits with a hint of game in the making. Red jam finale – bring on the strawberries. Consistent sequence to it. 2018-20 This year 25,000 bottles Nov 2006 Previously March 2005 London *** meaty, replete bouquet, has the heat of the stones, pretty and smoky. Clear fruit - plum with leathery fringes - on palate. Attractive core sweetness on finish. Its ripeness well handled. Has energy and tannic structure is good. The only wine made in 2003. 2015-19  March 2005

2002 No Rating

NO BOTTLES PRODUCED

2001 ()

still full robe; has a big, soaked aroma – there are chocolate and tea, some damp forest as it slides towards a mineral stage. The palate has moved on to secondary flavours – medicine syrup, cooked plum – followed by a late burst of cocoa, on a more grainy level. It is now a rich and mature affair, is potent and not easy to drink freely – we are in a sip at a time country now. This wine seems to be evolving quickly, and also showing a heavy nature as it ages. It lacks the 2001 vintage snap, is almost in a dessert wine zone. Tiring to drink a lot of this. Its vinification policy has come back to haunt it, and it isn't really meant to live long. 15°. 2015-16 Nov 2008 Previously March 2005 ***(*) quite full robe. Compact, brewed berry fruit aroma, just in its quiet phase now. Stylish start - harmonious, clear fruit that runs well and clearly along. Some tannin, white pepper on the borders. Good balance, length, a successful wine. Clean finish to top it off. Above all, stylish, yes. 2021-23 March 2005, London