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99% Grenache (1920s-30s), 1% Mourvèdre, from galet stone covered sandy, red gravel soils on La Crau (N-E) & Saint Georges (N-E), 5 week whole bunch concrete vat vinification inc 3 week maceration, twice daily cap punchings, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 18 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2009, 20,800-22,000 b


(vat/barrel) medium purple colour. Grassy, herbaceous nose, with a green, underripe element apparent. There is easy fruit on the attack, but it is dry and edgy on the finish. This is a touch raw and aggressive, so ends up being rustic in style. A wine for early consumption. 14.5°. From 2016. 2020-21 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

medium+ red. Spiced, vegetal airs on the nose which has a Grenache centre – this is traditional Châteauneuf that is spiced and shows a note of game. The palate is angular, not spherical. Again, a traditional approach, with “old oak” barrel pepper implications and a notably drying texture after half way; the fruit is subdued as a result, so the end result is rustic wine. A question of its raising here, for me. It would receive vague camouflage from being drunk with a stew. Tasted blind. 2019-20  Nov 2013