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75-92% Grenache (inc 1930s), 5-15% Syrah, 0-10% Cinsault, 0-10% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone, galet stone soils on Cabrières (N-W), Maucoil (N-W) 80% destemmed, 20-25 day vinification at 28°C, pumping overs, cap punching, aged concrete vat or renovated large oak barrel 15 months (before early 2010s aged 60% large barrel, 40% oak casks 9 months), 3-7,000 b

2018 ()

(casks/fibre glass vat) dark red; has a curvy, insistent bouquet, herbs and red cherry, droplets of red meat. The palate has a pretty thick debut, a full centre, runs into live, munchy tannins that have strength. The flavour is on red cherry, mulberry. This has cut, and there is slight crunch, tar on the close, which is assertive. 4,350 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 5% Cins, 5% Mourvèdre. From 2022-23. 2039-41 Oct 2019


(used 600-litre oak cask) full red robe; the nose is closed, brooding, layers of red fruits, plums, ripe and punchy fruit on board. The palate is close-knit, butty, a bit high octane, has real motor at its centre, strength from within, needs time to civilise its tearaway tendencies. There’s a lot of tannin on the close, thick tannin. This is Wild Horses Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one with character! It needs 3 three to four years more. “It won’t be released for a long time,” Aurélien Granger. There will be 2,000 bottles of this, the rest sold in bulk. From 2023-24. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2016 ()

(concrete vat, bottling July 2018) has a thorough, whole-hearted bouquet, with beeswax, varnish, black raisins, dates and prunes all in the mix. The palate is weighty, has a ground force. The palate reflects grilling, strength, carries crunched together content with bold, tarry, challenging tannins circulating. This is a downhome, traditional Châteauneuf for game eaten by the fireside. The flavour is spiced, on plums with cherry cake. It hits the buffers firmly as it closes. 14.8°. 3,000 b. €16.50. From 2021. 2033-36 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(concrete vat/casks, bottling Oct 2017) dark red colour. This has a brisk, live red-fruited nose, with a smoky backdrop. The palate is direct, gives juicy raspberry, tangy fruit, with crisp tannins in behind. There is a spearmint finish, and a note of pine as it closes. It’s lithe more than fat, drinks clearly. The fruit is neat. 14.8°. From spring 2018. 2027-29  Sept 2016


(fibre glass vat) medium purple robe, light at the rim. Prune and jam fruit show on the nose, as well as a herbal note. The palate has more of a briary character with robust, grainy tannins. This will need time to settle and become more civilised. 14°. Harvested 25 September. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. 7,000 B. From 2017. 2025-27 JL Oct 2014


(large barrel, bottling June 2014) dark red, black tints. The nose gives an immediate air of liqueur black fruit, a warm roundness, its aromas all well packed in. There is a Bovril, neat stock depth but also enough lift to suggest flowers: this bouquet will please, shows good style. The palate is smoothly fruited, works on texture and a steady flow of savoury black fruit with ripe tannins adding substance near the finish. This is set to sing a good tune, is a good ensemble, has very appealing, plump middle. The fruit lasts very well. There are some oak touches. From 2016. 14.5°. 75% Gren, 15% Syr, 10% Cins, 5,000 b. 2026-28  Nov 2013

2010 ()

(casks) full robe. Chocolate, raisin style air, broad and pretty well-filled; it handles its power, shows a lees influence for now. The palate starts on a scaled note, offers black raisin, prune, also rather worked on. It persists on its power through to the finish, which is grainy. Technical sort of wine. Acidity is prominent on the end – this needs time, and is marked on that. From spring 2014. 90% Grenache, 3,000 b. 2025-27 Dec 2011

2009 ()

(barrel) dark red; soaked black fruits aroma with damp airs, much ripeness. Mingles in charcoal, raising airs. The palate is really grounded, is a full wine that beats out a big message – the Kodo drummers hit town. It ends on its big, oaked content - chases scale, and achieves it. From 2013. 2023-25 Oct 2010

2008 ()

(barrel) red mixed with purple robe. Has a lateral aroma, blackberry jelly and liqueur parades itself, also there are grassy-hay influences: has the potential to be rounded, even if I sense the hand in the cellar has been firm. Quite expressive red fruits on the palate, comes with an a supple texture. Fades, lightens a bit towards the finish, where there are small pockets of tannin. Air tightens it up. From 2011. 2018-19 Dec 2009