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80-90% Grenache, 10-15% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre/Cinsault from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Crousroute (S-E), Le Grand Coulet (S-E), Les Serres (S-E), Petites Serres (S), destemmed, 2 week steel vat vinification at up to 18°C, pumping overs, cap punchings, raised 90-100% concrete vat, 0-10% oak casks 15 months, 20-40,000 b

2016

(concrete vat, bottling Feb 2018) quite a full red colour. The bouquet is lined with smoked Grenache plum fruit, an air of lead pencil, mocha also. The palate is grippy, tight, bears lithe content that ekes out some compressed juice before the finish. This is sturdy, southern, with its immediate dryness on the close requiring time and attention, and leaving some cause for concern. 15.4°. 30,000 b. 90% Gren, 10% Syr. €20. From 2020-21. 2028-30 Oct 2017

2015

(concrete vat, Bottling Feb 2017) 1st sample: sombre dark red robe. The nose is very young, has a just out of the vat take on life, is slightly yeasty, with a possible Brett presence. There is a smoky grapiness. The palate gives black stone fruits, the content lying low in the glass. It’s a bit flat and oxidised. 2nd sample: dark colour; stewed fruits aroma, with a sappy nature in them. The palate is rounded, bears warm fruits, works on a plush level. The tannins sit on the outside for now. The texture is grainy for the most part. Allow until 2019 for more fusion and smoothness. 14.4°. 40,000 b. 90% Gren, 10% Syr. 2028-29 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(vat) dark colour. This has a sweet, rounded, upfront aroma of blackberry - a broad bouquet of steady depth, possible damp earth. The palate connects well to the nose, offering an abundant black berry fruit, a pastille style sweetness in it, until a calm, precisely juiced finish, even if the width drops a little. Pretty good length, with fruit still on the go as it closes. There is a little of the flatterer about it. From mid-2017. 2027-29  Oct 2015

2013

(vat) dark robe. Dark fruit airs with a blackcurrant edge show on the nose. The palate is broad and fleshy. There is a nuttiness present, while blackcurrant is again the dominant flavour. Firm, fresh tannins come through on the finish. This is sturdy and upright in style. 14.5°. From 2017. Harvested 29 Sept to 10 October, 40,000 b this year, since only one wine was made. 2026-27  JL Oct 2014

2012

(vat, bottling May 2014) full dark red; has a running air of sweet, round blackberry and cassis fruit, is all very obvious and immediate, proffers a deep pool of jelly style fruit above all. There is a note of roast beef also, but little extra variety for now. The palate works in the same way: this is a visit to the dessert course with coulis-liqueur fruit and aromatic, floral moments. In a hot vintage this would be oppressive, but the style is helped by the relative coolness of 2012. More a wine to sip than drink freely, however - has fruit bomb cousins. Needs extra lift, spark. From 2016. 14.8°. 90% Gren, 10% Syr, 20,000 b, €19 this year. 2024-26  Nov 2013

2011

quite a dark red. Cassis, crème de cassis, mulled style fruit aroma, with a pine, basil backing – the nose is quite rich, has slight tar touches. The palate flavour is neat red berry, with a sweet thread and Grenache ease of texture. Simple delivery wine. From late 2014. 15°. 25,000 b this year. 2024-25  Dec 2012

2010

quite a full red; broad, herbal, cassis fruit air, Grenache sunshine in the glass – a very young and innocent nose that has rosemary and black raisin airs in it as well. The palate reflects the nose – there is a chubby fat in the wine, an extended, capacious roundness. This leads into a pocket of crinkly tannins that have bite, an ashen nature for now. This is well led by its ripe fruit appeal, is authentic wine. From late 2013, but its youthful energy forms part of its appeal. It has a ghostly nature to some extent, an escapist side, is interesting wine. €18 at the cellars is OK for this, yes. 2024-25 Dec 2011

2009 ()

typical Grenache red colour; supple cherry fruit air, has a sustained purity. Sweet, lateral, fat debut on the palate. Typical Châteauneuf, STGT wine, has the vintage fat, and ends on flint, menthol, a good sign-off. Good balance. 15°. €17. 2025-27