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100% old Grenache from sandy soils, destemmed, 4 week vinification, cap punching, concrete vat raised 15 months, unfined, unfiltered 4,000 b

2018

(concrete vat) dark red; the nose has a damp side to it, expresses raspberry, mulled berry fruit, has notes of sweet herbs. The palate holds nicely shaped, stylish red fruit content with supple tannins that have a little salty clarity. It’s relaxed, attractive Châteauneuf, with freshness and nice variety in the glass. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(concrete vat) dark, full robe. Blackberry, ripe, soaked fruits airs feature in the copious nose. The palate is also ripe, carries rich content with a little excess in the tone of the fruit, the vintage signature in that respect. It gives a full, fleshy glass of wine, could be a touch more refined. From 2021. 2037-39 Oct 2018

2016

(vat) dark red with sheen. The nose combines blackberry, black Morello cherry and prune fruit, has a firm, rather stylish make-up. There is a backdrop of damp leaves, soaked fruits. The palate is elegant, bears cossetted black fruit content with suave tannin very neatly in place, the shape spherical. The finish holds fine gras. This is another good 2016 example of fine old Grenache, with the style that one expects when Châteauneuf is made naturally. It’s well-balanced, tasty, still restrained and reserved, has cards of variety to play. The finish is pure, even dainty. From 2021, but no hurry at all. 2041-43 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(concrete vat) medium red robe. Iodine, cooked raspberry jam feature on the nose, has a clack of mineral. The palate bears juicy red berry fruit, raspberry, with a sudden close, indicating extreme youth. The aftertaste is rocky, nearly dry. The fruit and its juice are compressed, and eke their way out of the rocky setting. It’s compact and on the back foot for now. I feel a little extraction. From 2020. 2036-39 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(concrete vat, bottling March 2016) medium depth red robe. The nose has smoky, rocky qualities, with a slightly brittle air of red berry fruit. The palate is tight, holds red fruit with an immediate snap of cool tannin. This is still on the stretch, and time will be its friend, to allow more flesh and roundness to come forward. There is an encouraging floral moment on the aftertaste. From 2019. 2030-31  Oct 2015 

2012

(vat) dark red; rich, typical Châteauneuf-du-Pape roll of depth, sweetly simmered fruits, on the nose and a winning floral, rose air with pulses of garrigue. Plenty of potential here on the palate, since the sweetly styled fruit slides along well, its good Grenache heart beating well; the fruit gives strawberry with agreeable, little precise notes at first, before it sweetens. Abundant wine that is long, genuine, although its sucrosity is a bit in excess. Has spice, light tar-cocoa nudges on the aftertaste. From 2017. 2032-34  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(vat) quite dark red; The bouquet mixes smoky bacon, thyme and linden (tilleul), compact red fruits, dark red fruit, a spot of intensity. The palate juice is appealing, has a liqueur-like coulis aspect, a hum of power as the Grenache stretches out well – it is ripe and well concentrated. It has a density that serves it well – it isn’t forced, and carries along. It will be operating well around 2018. It will do well in the CHR trade – restaurants etc – now, since it is open. 15°. From mid-2014. 2026-28  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(vat) bright dark red with black tints – an inviting robe. The bouquet is enclosed – there is smoky plum-prune at its heart, an ashen or cendré note. This will be varied and imposing. The palate is generously juiced, has a solid core, contains tightly packed matter and elements. It ends on a wide, solid, square note. Lots of promise, has a genuine depth but I am uneasy since its power is only just under control. The finale is big and exerted. This kicks a punch. From 2015. 2034-36 Dec 2011

2007

(vat) mauve top to a full red robe; on the nose lie simmered black fruits, with violet present – this bouquet stretches out and offers potential with finesse in it – it is herbal and there is raisin and typical Châteauneuf potential to vary and beguile as it evolves. The black fruit on the palate is supple as it commences, the interior of the wine juicy. There is a good, fine-boned length about it, with live, ripe tannins that give it extra zip. This is a good example of a Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape , one that is not overdone, and one that plays to its natural strengths. Beau, poised wine. From 2011. 2028-30 Nov 2008

2006

(vat) full, quite dark robe; the black fruit aroma has lacings of pepper, smoke, bacon – is upright more than broad, and broods in its den right now, but there is a lot of ripe fruit suggested. Has a ripe, raisiny, black fruit flavour, then a surge of oak from half way. Rich and potent wine with a deep heart. Ends with relative roundness. This is a real vigneron's wine, not at all mass produced, and it gets marks for character. There is some licorice and tar from its tannins. A true Rhône wine that is imposing now. Leave well alone until around 2011. 2028-31 Nov 2007

2005

full red, some black; the bouquet is interesting – it is snappy, nutty, within a paddock of broad, sustained blackberry that is sweet natured; there are also kirsch notes (15° on the label, no surprise). On the palate it is a big wine of smooth constitution and flow, one with inherent punch, and some alcohol on its borders and finish. The flavour resembles plum liqueur, with a mix of sweetness and straight delivery from the alcohol side, which is something I notice – some drinkers wouldn`t. Nicely punchy and authentic, more varied and integrated from 2011. 15°. 2026-29 June 2008

2001

ruby, maturing red colour; has a broad, even, balanced, still young bouquet, shows an air of ground coffee, baked raisin tart, local herbs. Has a savoury, compact flavour with good acidity; the texture is decisive, as there is a fresh thread through it. It is structured classically, and very interesting tannins grow as it goes. “It was always very young, and it’s best to wait for 4 to 5 years,” Marie Giraud. I find it younger then the Gallimardes 2001. From 2010. 2029-32  Nov 2006  Previously March 2005 **** light rim, otherwise solid red robe. Solid bouquet - fills the glass, has a classic Grenache roundness at its centre, soaked cherry here. Medium weight fruit, brewed and reserved by nature - style is young and baked. Marzipan towards finish where rounds off cleanly. Esp 2008 on. 2026-29 March 2005, London