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60% Grenache, 40% Syrah (massale Syrah from Ch de Fonsalette) from galet stone, red clay & sandy soils on Les Bédines, Les Garrigues at Courthézon, destemmed, crushed, 3 week concrete vat vinification at 26-28°C, twice daily pumping overs, one part vat emptying/refilling a week, cap punching, aged large 50 hl barrel 4+ months, “micro-oxygenation used to refine and round the wine”, fined, filtered, “drink with beef, duck, red meats, grills”, wide bottle, 6,000 b

2016

(barrel) dark red colour. Has a brewed, brothy aroma with sweet prune notes, mulled berries. It’s thorough, filled, has a touch of reduction from the Syrah. This has a gourmand, tasty attack, its red fruits, raspberry, seasoned with live spicing. It ends on a minted note, is clearly still fusing, so drink from spring 2018. The tannins assert towards the finish, which combines their graininess with licorice and spice. There is something of a downhome quality to this, a rugged inner to it. The aftertaste is butty, rather firm – there’s plenty there. Good with beef, game. 14°. 2022-23 Aug 2017

2011 ()

(bottling in six weeks, April 2012) steady, quite dark plum robe. Cooked plum fruit that has a typical, rather traditional air, is a bit reductive, so can be decanted. Overall, it offers an attractive sappy, plump air. The palate has a supple texture, bears becoming fat, its shape is round. It carries fine acidity in the later moments, with tastes of fennel, herbs, licorice on the finish. Very much a garrigue, STGT wine that brings in a picture of galet stones and green oak trees. It has body and is destined for table drinking – grills, for instance, not solo. Its second half has a lovely herbal nature. 14.2°. To 2016 Feb 2012

2010 ()

shiny, dark plum red; there is a noted licorice run across the nose with prune, an air of menthol. The palate sets off well – there is an immediate offer of pleasure in the attack, here we go. Has a mini-Châteauneuf-du-Pape texture within, a good signal. It has nice, effortless length, and its fruit persists, too, providing a spot of prune and date at the end. There are attractive dusty, powdery and aromatic tannins late on. Good balance. 14°. 2019-20 Feb 2012

2009

full, dark red, with the top rim evolving to a lighter tone. Herbal, gummy, oily, pine airs with menthol and notes of reduction, has a nice herbal imprint – rosemary, thyme: this is a very pretty nose. Licorice and good, cooked fruit with a prune and red fruit, mulberry softness features on the palate. There is fine and clear late tannin, and it ends clearly. I find a little shortage of fruit on the finish, which is typical of 2009. 14°. €8.00 at the cellars. 2018-19 Feb 2012