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97-100% Grenache (1890s-1920), 0-3% various inc Mourvèdre, Clairette rose, Clairette blanche from 1.3 ha on Grand Pierre (N-E, 1900 Grenache) & 0.3 ha on Le Pointu (N-E, 1890 Grenache), 75% dandy soils, 25% clay with a vein of red loose grès soils, vines in the Barrot family since the 1940s, around 75% destemmed, 30-day fermentation, maceration, small pumping overs, cap punching, 32°C max for the cap, aged 35 hl large barrel 15 months, “given it’s a plot-specific wine, it will always show well and together from its first day as opposed to a blend”, 4,000 b

2019

(steel vat, sugars completed, pre-malo) dark robe; has a rounded air led by black berry, is stylish, unforced, gives discreet Burgundian poise. The palate offers sève [old vine sap] on wheels – it strokes the palate, holds juicy, feline fruit, goes long, effortlessly, no sense of degree even at 16.5°. It has great style, is a winner, is sensuous. 2048-51 Oct 2019

2018 ()

(tank, bottling maybe May 2020) red robe; crushed pistachio shells, red berry fruits, mulberry, with Pinot associations, has reduction. The palate gives a dreamy run of red fruits, suave content all through, bespoke tannin in tow. It shows power late on, and a vat-marc grapiness to be refined. The palate is wholesome, gives real nourishment. There are definite tannins on the close. 15.8°. “From the start, this has had Pinot influences,” J Barrot. From 2023. 2049-51 Oct 2019

2017 ()

steady red robe; the nose has cards to play, definitely – there’s a coiled air of red berry, red cherry fruit for now, with briar notes. The palate has grace, a kind delivery, texture en finesse, never a false step. It develops well along its path – there’s a minor symphony here… It makes well measured progress, feels great, coasts along, tick tock. It’s very well achieved, is close to *****. 15°. Bottled March 2019. 2049-52 Oct 2019 Previously Nov 2018 ****(*) (vat, bottling March 2019) quite a dark red. Has a real sizzler of a nose, profound raspberry with some plum fruit, notes of rose, blackberry liqueur, touches of herbes de Provence. The palate has an enjoyable flowing density, generous depth to the tannins. This is gourmand on wheels, and holds well; it’s a very good example of 2017, holding sunswept but refined features. The length is good, the aftertaste on neat juice. “The surprise in 2017 was that the wines were fresh in a very dry year,” Julien Barrot. From 2021-22. 2043-46 GB £435 per 6 b i/bond, £450 per 3 mags i/bond J&B www.justerinis.com justbrooksorders@justerinis.com +44(0)207 484 6400  Nov 2018

2016

(steel vat, 4.9 gm of sugars still to ferment) this gets a cautious provisional rating given it’s still not finished its fermentation; dark red with purple tints. Has a refined nose, red cherries and berries present, airs of dried thyme. The palate gives an elegant, rolling gras, picks up good detail, holds fine tannins, has a Grand Marnier touch of orange on the finish of a fermenting wine; it is over 16°, is stylish, very full, coated. “I hope it will finish fermenting in four weeks; it will need further raising, and I may add 10-15% Mourvèdre. I may place it in large barrel, or 600-litre cask, or even enamel,” Julien Barrot. 4,000 b. Will live towards 2040. Oct 2017

2015 ()

(tank, harvested 29 Sept, sugars completed, 100% Grenache) dark colour; has a great nose which is perfumed, and gives expressive fruit. This is beau, really prolonged and both stately and fresh at the same time. It builds tannin on the finish, which is aromatic. The fermentation happened very fast this year – this is being tasted on 9 Oct 2015 GB Justerini & Brooks £340 6 b or £355 3 mags or £270 1 Jereboam all i/b www.justerinis.com

2014 ()

(34 hl barrel) has a classic Grenache red robe. The bouquet leads on a red jam aroma, and is indeed pure, comes with a note of licorice and its bite, dried thyme. The palate gives expressive raspberry fruit, clear tannins. It is a little Spartan for now, so allow this time to gain gras richness. It extends well, into crunchy tannins, garrigue, herbs. This is meridional wine that holds good juice at its centre, a quiet intensity in that juice. This has shapely potential, and is for lovers of true, naked Grenache. From 2019. 2031-33 GB £300/6 bots in bond Justerini & Brooks www.justerinis.com  Oct 2015

2013 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2012 ()

gentle red robe; has a raspberry fruit, rosemary, open aroma with a serene roundness. The palate has a clove, spice presence, and a supple, measured depth of red berry fruit. It ends on a crunch of tannin, a little fragrance there, so is interesting. It holds up well. It is just in transition between youth and its second stage. From spring 2017. 2030-32  Oct 2015 Previously Nov 2013 *** (barrel, bottling Sept 2014) dark red; chunky, brewed, high octane nose, a bundle of power, the ripeness of the vineyard loud and clear – this bouquet also has an earthy depth, a meaty side. This has been consciously harvested to achieve a sweet, near sultry effect. Density is high on the agenda. It is just more free than being on a “sip only” footing, but is still very much in that school with sucrosity an ace card. The finish is quite thick, round, shows a little tightness. It isn’t essentially a balanced wine, but may be more on an even keel around 2019-21. From mid-2016. 15°. 2030-32  Nov 2013

2009

(barrel) largely full red robe; ripe Grenache lead aroma – but has a mature style after only 1 year. Its sweet tendrils reach out, offer red pastille flavour, but there is some freedom and it can expand further. Scented red fruit on the palate, a perfumato Grenache. The texture is smooth, the shape largely rounded. Has a baked style after half way, ends on tight tannins, herbs, cocoa. It is wide across the palate, but a worry for now is a drying feature in the final moments and some evidence of alcohol. From 2013. 2030-33 Oct 2010

2007

bright, dark red; has a restrained, smooth aroma – simmered plum fruits are in the air, not too weighty, and oil and tea accompany them. The palate displays steady, feminine fruit – in a Bordeaux analogy it is like a Pomerol, Right Bank wine. There is a ball of early sleek fruit, then less goes on. It seems as if it will be OK for early drinking. It is all rather spotless and pristine – pleasant, but not arresting. Some tannin and red fruit appear late on, bringing some welcome “attitude”. A bit of a City slicker in style. 2024-27 Nov 2008

2005 ()

red plum colour; soaked, pliant, red jam aroma, the red fruits scented. Has a loose-limbed appeal, with a bit of evolution about it. Its sweetness sums up fruit pastilles. There is a bonny sweetness on the palate, though this is now in transition. Shows late bite, heat, a wee pepper-vegetal close after that. The tannins have some pebbly energy, giving cocoa, raisin, Asian spice thanks also to the oak. Evolving early, but can live. 15°. 2021-23 June 2008 Previously Dec 2006 *** bright, bouncy red colour; smoky, lingering red stone fruits aroma with some mystery within – kirsch, cherry, nutty, raisin most evident, quite a package. A kirsch flavour on the start, denotes power in the wine, and that is what leads it – must be well over 15°. Has a coffee flavour already, veers towards Port even at this young stage. I prefer youth and clarity in my young wine. From 2010. 2020-22 Dec 2006

2004 ()

red robe with some maturity in it. Bouquet shows stewed fruits, gets broad and weighty with air, though there are floral notes of some elegance at first. Jam tones on attack, gains a rich sucrosity, a fruit pastille nature, but flows well, and never ties the drinker down. Texture is smooth, but beware the thread of alcohol here. Again, the air – 60+ minutes - changes it and the fruit becomes firm, and the feeling gathers that this is very much work in progress. Hope is needed that it can integrate within around three years. The air = a sterner bouquet, more heat on the finish. Has a drumbeat of power . . better for younger drinkers. 2021-23 March 2007 “This needs to age - from 2012 it will start to show well – it’s been very closed these last 3-4 months,” J.Barrot Previously Oct 2006, London **** red-ruby robe; reserved, quiet very Grenache red fruit aroma, flanked by spice and some herbs – the length is good and live. Gourmand, friendly attack, immediately likeable with its nice, sweet appeal. Flows and drinks OK now. Good sprinkle of tannin, more together by 2008. 2019-21