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70-90% Grenache, 5-30% Syrah from Grandes Serres (S-W), Bois de la Ville (S-W), Les Marines (S-W), 0-5% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Cinsault (La Crau), soils mainly galet stone covered, 50% destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling 2-3 days at 15°C, 4 week steel & concrete vat vinification at up to 28°C, min of 2 part vat emptying/refillings daily, cap punching, some pumping overs, aged 67% concrete&steel vat, 33% 1-4 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, 7,500-10-14,000 b


(vat/casks) dark red colour. Has a laden, sweetly-centred bouquet, a roll of stewed red fruits with some jelly-like features; there’s a touch of reduction. The palate is rich and dense, its matter packed in with sizeable tannins running the second half, their density adding to the weight of the wine. It’s not quite heady, but is a high degree wine for sipping rather than free drinking. The aftertaste is compact, compressed. Winter-autumn, stews, game, red meats are its environment. 16°. 14,000 b. 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Cins. €23. From 2020. 2032-35 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(steel vat/casks) fair red robe. The nose is quiet, gives a little aroma of red fruit pastille, but there is some hidden depth to it. The palate holds smoky red fruit with a note of flowers, a little aromatic tenderness. The tannins are fine, smoky, and the length is decent. It’s a neat Châteauneuf for drinking from 2018. 16°. 14,000 b. 2025-26  Sept 2016 


(vat/casks, bottling Jan 2014) fair red; the aroma is rather fleeting, its red fruit a bit streaky, but lightly floral. The palate starts narrowly, and this pinched state persists. It does hold matter, so can do more, show more over time; it is four for now. A Grenache-centred wine with rocky tannins, a late build in charge. From 2016. 15.5°. 85% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins this year. 2025-26  Nov 2013


quite pale red, ruby tinted top. Has a spicy plum air, already maturing – this isn’t a bundle of freshness. It has a little spice crackle. A middle of the road wine with  no real high or low. There is a safe amount of red plum fruit, but it is tame, even dowdy and lacks late lift. 15.5°. 2021-22  Dec 2012


pretty, bright red. Scented, perfumed musky myrrh, plum fruit aroma of some intensity – the bouquet is interesting and genuine. The palate is round and supple, flows freely, travels well, has a clean texture. The aftertaste is scented, almost marked by violet and pot-pourri dried flowers, with an agreeable dark moment. Good, true, drinkable Châteauneuf – get on and do wine, it is. 2021-22 Feb 2012

2009 No Rating

full robe. Chunky, dense nose – black raisin, chocolate,a touch of the vegetal, has an “off” note. I also get a tinit of vegetal on the palate, which ends dryly. Not a correct sample, and no replacement for it. Oct 2010


bottled already: modest red robe; blackberry and raspberry aroma that is orderly, has no wild moments, but is an ensemble that can develop. Baked stones, heat and alcohol are surrounding it. The palate is compact, its red fruit continues steadily, has quite clear and expressive lines. Sound Grenache core to this. The fruit is likeable, and a gradual take-on of tannin aids its structure and size. Carefully made wine, good pure fruit in it. From late 2010. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2007 ()

matt red robe; rather dense nose, blackberry fruit lingers here, is ripe and almost on the high side, has a smoky backdrop, the tannins are ripe. Supple palate, gets off to a rich start, comes out declaring. A gourmand style of wine, shows sweet fruit pastille late moments, the length is good. Succulent wine, mild tannins, reflects the fashion of the adviser Philippe Cambie. The next step may be fig, cocoa, rather than mineral. 15°. “I like young wines, like my 2007 at two years` old, and the ability to drink them in 4 to 5 years,” Jean-Marie Royer. 2017-18 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 ** (cask) three-quarter red colour; has a simple, red jam fruit aroma – has no great dimension, comes with a primary simplicity, and is unlikely to spread its wings. The palate is also simple, with easy fruit, no hidden corners. This is pretty basic Châteauneuf, and is not arresting for the connoisseurs – will not stop the traffic. I have to say I find it more Rhône Villages than Châteauneuf. The length is OK. Maybe it has been robbed by a superior cuvée (tasted blind). To 2016. Nov 2008


(cask sample) dark-toned robe; black fruits, cold tea in a touch sweet bouquet, and also lamb stock with rosemary herbs present. The palate also comes in a savoury, meaty nature: its black fruits gain a more brisk, direct side but are not altogether convincing late on, since they bear an extracted, rather forced tone that leads to a dry finish. This is also accentuated by its oaking. From late-2009. 2016-19 Nov 2007


mottled red plum colour; there is a facile scent on the nose, what I would term a juicy Côtes du Rhône Villages with some extra attitude, and a little “darkness” from its tannins; also has a pepper/mineral-metal air, and with air becomes more nutty and raisin-like. The palate accentuates its crackly tannins as it starts – 10 minutes air settles the fruit, and it gains some composure. Has rather a dry texture, that is ingrained, and suggests a permanent stay. As it breathes over two hours, its taste moves towards Dundee cake with a porty tone (it is probably towards 15°), with some variety in the flavour. This is an unruly wine, with some character, but the finish is limited and there are several drawbacks. 14.5° on label. 2015-16 May 2008 Previously Oct 2006 *(*) russet colour, lacks depth. Hidden bouquet – is “watery”, a hint of spice. Light weight palate – lacks crisp fruit. Very pedestrian for a Châteauneuf. A little coffee in the taste, at only two years. I wonder if this has been robbed by a Prestige cuvée? Oct 2006, London