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40-80% Grenache from Palestor (N, 1929) & Les Galimardes (S-E, 1963), 10-20% Syrah, 10-40% Mourvèdre, 10% others from Palestor (N), Pied Long (N), Valori (N-E), destemmed, 3-4 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 10% new, 90% 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks 15-18 months, organic wine, 1,500-2,000 b

2016

deep red robe. The nose is full, broad, sweet, has an aroma of black berry and stewed plums, presents a fat opening. The palate wells up on fleshy, sweetly coated content, black stone fruits, takes on a spur of more fresh overtures towards the finish, where there is little black raisin and a dose of tar from the tannins, a sound close. 14.9°. 1,500 b. 80% Gren, 20% various. €37.50. From 2021. 2033-35 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(casks) dark robe; the nose is a fat orb of black fruit jam, black olives, seaweed. This is Big Wine. The palate also accentuates sturdy richness with inner strength that bursts out towards the finish, which is prolonged. It’s just OK vis-à-vis its ripeness, but is not a wine for free and easy drinking. From 2020-21. 2031-34 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark red. This has a gourmand, sweet toned nose, a fleshy and perfumed display of plum fruits. The palate is almost opulent, its texture is coated, and the red fruit trails spice in its wake. There is a slight powderiness in the tannins. Obvious Châteauneuf, nothing subtle, crowd pleaser instincts. 14°. 40% Gren, 40% Mourv, 10% Syr, 10% various. €35. 2,000 b. From 2018. 2028-29  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) bright purple colour. The nose is fragrant and expressive of red fruits, spice, coffee and orange zest. There is the same exuberant flavour on the palate, which really zips along and chimes. Is this heavy on the Syrah? Has oak ageing, but the fruit comes through. It is firm and dry, with a tightness to the finish. This is sassy for a Châteauneuf. 80% Grenache, higher than usual. 14°. From 2017. 2027-28 JL Oct 2014

2012

(casks) sober, dark robe; oily, coated bouquet, cassis ofDijonliqueur, a strong cassis with basil and oak, a bit of bacon: this is a wide, prominent nose. There is abundant liqueur fruit here, which washes hither and thither, its richness liberal. Tannins and oak provide smoke and steel towards the finish. Set to do well, with promising variety to come. It is long, properly sustained, a big but coherent Châteauneuf. Decant it. From 2017. 14°. 40% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre, 10% others. 2,000 b. €28. 2027-29  Nov 2013

2011

dark red, sober robe. Oily, wide, beefstock, ripe dark fruited nose, which is aided by a light and pretty, discreet floral air. The palate offers supple, forward blackberry with a little inky meatiness as it goes. The tannins are ripe and add stuffing. Fluid fruit with a smooth texture runs across the palate late on. Has an oak-cellar vigour, but is gutsy enough for its oak. It has a decent, round ending, the aftertaste clear, marked by oak-tar. 15.4°. 2026-28  Dec 2012

2010 ()

already bottled, note. Shiny, quite dark robe. Has a black cherry air, the aroma round and low-key, shows some licorice, Marmite and Bovril yeast and beef notions. The palate gives smooth black fruit, bit the front of the mouth acidity is a concern, and it doesn't hang together on the second half. It ends on tar. Absence of fruit here. €22. 2018-19 Dec 2011

2009 ()

2 bottles tasted, 1st is tainted. Bottle 2: Sensible red robe; reserved but rather pure red cherry fruit air, some depth in behind. The palate is broad, but still clear and direct in its red fruiting, evolves into floral late notes. A soft tread Châteauneuf-du-Pape, not a pushy style. The aftertaste is just a little burnt. Upright for now. The fruit lasts OK. From late 2013. 14°. 2021-23 Sept 2011