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70% Grenache, 15-20% Syrah, 10-15% Mourvèdre from sandy, clay-limestone galet stone soils, destemmed, 3 week co-fermentation, pumping overs, some cap punching, large barrel raised 18-20 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2006, 5-9,000 b

2018 ()

(large barrel) dark plum red colour; the nose leads on Grenache airs of stewed plums, prune, a hint of menthol, cut grass, herbs. There’s a lot going on. It’s rather weighty, powerful. The palate presents a wide wall of stone fruit flavour, with tarry tannins and thrust in its delivery. It’s grounded, has inner strength, is just a bit wild, which is good. It’s a lusty do. 15.5°. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. From mid-2022 at the earliest. 2043-45 Oct 2019

2016

(barrel) Victoria plum red colour. Has a beef stock, mixed herbs aroma with joli freedom in its fruit, raspberry and mulberry, some black raisin. This is well weighted, coated with suave richness; there is a shimmer of degree through it, though. The flavour centres on kirsch, soaked red cherries or griottes, it comes with a true Chateauneuf smoothness of texture. The tannins could be more refined. It’s a bit limited. From 2019. 2027-28 Dec 2017

2014 ()

(barrel, bottling April 2016) quite a dark red. The nose is gentle, has a hover of flowers mixed with its strawberry jam fruit. The palate concentrates neatly around its Grenache red berry jam core, with a little smokiness attached, and a grainy presence towards the finish. This is agreeable, runs with supple fruit and content. The juice gains a little depth and tar as it finishes. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. 5,000 b. €18. From mid-2016. 2023-24  October 2015 

2012 ()

(vat, bottling April 2014) dark red; broad, liqueur fruit aroma of full notes – it is sun-soaked, shows mulled fruits such as blackcurrant and blackberry, is weighty. There is also a liqueur fruiting on the palate, a slight hum of power in its centre, the tannins smoothly inset. Violet and peony, floral touches appear on the aftertaste, which glows. Quite a big production overall. From late 2015. 15°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. 9,000 b. 2025-26  Nov 2013

2011

dark red. Has a sweet-fronted nose which contains deep raspberry that is mulled, liqueur-like, comes all in a ball. The palate offers active, sprightly early fruit – Grenache plum with a darker, cocoa or coffee note inside. Its tannins go up and down, adding bite and grain. It isn’t yet all together, and its end acidity lies on the outside. Raw now – I am not sure about its balance. There is heat on the finish. From mid-2014. €17 at the cellars. 2021-22 Dec 2012

2007

fair red robe, matt tone. Squid ink, salty tang nose – the fruit evolving towards damp zones, chocolate and raisin also, good variety here. Has a free run of Grenache fruit, is rather big scale, but the length is agreeable and there is good Grenache drive in the wine. Has character, and reflects its baked, garrigue provenance. From mid-2011. 14.5°. 2019-21 Nov 2009

2006

(vat) sultry, earthy, a little meaty bouquet, as if reduced – some pebbly areas. Good, gentle flavour, holds quietly set fruit, runs well. There is grip in the fruit, a chewy flavour here without excess pushing. Clear, fresh finale. Length OK. The domaine leans towards stylish wine on this showing. Comfortable 14.5° 2016-17 March 2007