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80% Grenache (1960s), 18% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre from sandy soils on Janasse, Tardine, St Dominique, Favier at Courthézon, destemmed, 4 week vinification inc 2 week maceration, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged concrete vat 6 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2009, “drink with charcuterie, cheese, beef Bourguignon, chicken, grills”, 7-9,000 b

2016

medium depth red robe. The nose shows a damp, stewed plum aroma, has a sweet tenor, a graceful and easy curve, some raspberry. The palate starts sweetly, on a suave texture, the heart supplied by spiced Grenache plum, fruit. The tannins are supple, gummy, and the finish round and smooth. Its degree serves to soften it on the palate. This is honest country wine for country dishes, stews, pies. The aftertaste is spiced, a bit dry. 14.5°. To 2020 Sept 2017

2015

dark red robe. The bouquet is pretty full but quiet, suggests a broad depth of cooked red berries, with a hint of herbs such as rosemary. The palate is rounded, plump at first, based on Grenache. It has a swell start to the mid-palate with fat and red fruits, then tones down. Correct, suited to stews, country dishes. 14°. 9,000 b. To 2019  June 2016 

2014

red robe; has a blackberry jam aroma, a curved shape, not a lot of variety. The palate gives more freely than the nose – it holds spiced black fruit and runs along freshly. There is an agreeable vibrancy here. Grilled foods ideal. 14°. 7,000 b. Bottled Apr 2015. €7.80. To 2018  Jun 2015