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80-90% Grenache, 10-20% Cinsault (1900s-1920s on Chapouin (N-E), galet stone covered clay-limestone), destemmed, crushed, 4-6 week oak vinification, pumping overs, 1-2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 1-year 225-litre oak casks 12 months, fined, can be filtered (if winter not cold), first wine 2004, 7-8,000 b

2016

(casks) fine red robe, light at the rim. The nose is spicy, bears redcurrant, red berry fruits with a note of tar darkness. There is a slightly escapist nature to it. The palate holds red berry fruit flavours with spice, perfume and a note of treacle towards the finish. It’s in a raw state currently, and there is not yet an ensemble in the glass. I’d like a bit more body. Some gummy tannins and their sweetness take over the finish. Fusion required, including vis-à-vis the content-degree angle. 14.5°. From 2020. 2029-30 Nov 2017

2006

sound plum red robe, very Grenache. Oily, violet, red berry infusion aroma that is wide. The palate bears mulled red fruits – the taste of ripe plums, some soaked cherry. It tightens towards the finish, where it is snappy, grippy. The texture is round and smooth for now – this is an accessible, fleshy Châteauneuf, with a true herbal, baked stones aftertaste. More to it from late 2009 or 2010. 15°. 2016-17 June 2008