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50-59% Grenache, 20-22% Mourvèdre, 8-10% Syrah, 8-10% Vaccarèse, Counoise, 2-4% Muscardin, Terret Noir from clay-limestone, galet stone soils, hand harvested, 3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, aged large 30-50 hl barrels & concrete vat 12-14 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, 2,800-3,300 b


(barrel/vat) dark red colour. Has a tarry, smoky nose, with black berry fruits inside that punchy setting. The palate is also tarred, has a near creosote aspect, with crushed black cherry flavours. There is a line of freshness through it that serves it well, though the finish is on the dry side. It is angular as it stands, so leave until 2020. It’s a touch exerted, extracted. 14°. 2028-30 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(barrel/vat) dark robe. The nose gives a sense of power, a sultry black stone fruit presence, a note of varnish and pine-oak, which also appears on the palate. It has a billowing nature, a full sail of cherry stone fruit with tar and basil, charcoal on the go. It’s overtly full, and very much in the cellar still, the oaking prominent. There’s plenty to come. 14°. From 2019. 2030-32 Sept 2016


(barrel/vat, bottling March 2016) dark red robe. Has a crunchy, dark-fruited aroma, liqueur of blackberry at its centre, a note of red meat, “high” fruit and vegetal. The palate has a southern, quite coated texture and gives a run of black berry fruit with some tar and kick on the finish. It has the loose clarity of 2014, is a trifle on the spare side for now. Its oak intervenes big time as it finishes. Allow until 2018, thus. 14°. 3,000 b. €17. 2026-28  October 2015 

2013 ()

(bottling mid-2015) medium-dark hue. Open, attractive nose that is spicy, shows quite pure red fruit such as a hint of raspberry and cherry. The attack is appealing; fruit is present but there’s tannic grip as well. This is rather well directed, quite long. The finish is clean, fresh. Some ageing potential here. From 2017. 14°. 2026-28 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

healthy dark red colour. The nose is open and attractive, gives an immediate show of sweetly styled blackberry with a tar note behind, smokiness, tar and pine: this bouquet is sizeable. The palate rolls out a smoky, spice seasoned fruit, has cool notes that give a toothsome quality and lift it. The shape now is direct – expect it to gain matter, flesh, some extra padding on the second half, which for now travels freely and quite arrow-like. Promising, if it can reduce its pine-resin-oak stamp. From 2016. 14°. €17. 2025-26  Nov 2013


full red. Has a cassis first air that runs across the glass, with in the second rank aromas such as smoke, licorice, polished leather, crème de menthe: the bouquet has style and is open. The palate gives a taste of fluid blackberry in a tangy, tarry setting. There is a crunch of tannin at the end. It is not as one, is a game of two halves. The exit is fresh, with menthol clarity noted on an oaked, dry aftertaste. The oak intrudes, but it probably has enough gras richness to sort that out by 2015. €16 at the cellars. 2025-26  Dec 2012

2010 ()

full red colour; careful, rather reductive nose that has plenty in it, but is not that open. It leans towards Grenache plum fruits and their sweet produce, and there is also a marked herb-garrigue influence. The palate shows Grenache plum with fresh, rather powdery tannins attached. It tones down after half way, tapers there, but can amplitude with time. This needs two years. Authentic wine. The finish is still very grainy. 53% Gren, 21% Mourv, 9.5% Vaccarèse, Counoise, 9% Syr, 2.5% Terret Noir, Muscardin this year. €15.50 at the cellars. 2023-25 Dec 2011

2009 ()

dark robe; aroma of a wine being raised, biscuity, with some “green” in it, cocoa also. Dark fruits on the wild side feature on the palate, have a lot of dry-toned tannins around. Is very raw state now, so hard to give a long-term view. The juice inside it runs quite well. From 2013. 14°. Just bottled. 2021-24 Oct 2010


(barrel) modest red robe. Singed, scorched top air, burning wood, resin front load, red stone fruit Grenache, lacks freshness. Mild red fruit leads the palate – damson, plum. Fragile cohesion between fruit, acid and tannin. Burnt touches at the end. From late 2010. 2015-16 Nov 2009

2007 ()

acceptable red, quite full robe. Blackberry, slightly smoky curve in the nose – has a crisp air, rather green, gritty oak. Oak-lined black fruit on the palate, the gras within is restrained. Has a “steely” length, with oak controlling its matter. A stiff, chalky wine that tapers towards the finish. I wonder about the date of harvesting here. Mild stuff. From 2011. 2018. Nov 2009


2 bottles tasted – 1st bottle dusty; 2nd bottle: full, black plum, red robe; sprightly, coffee bean, cocoa aroma that is wide – it is led by the drier hot drinks than by fruits. The palate is clear-cut, with fruit that moves elegantly. It runs on well, is crisp and beau at the end. There is the implication of black pepper in it, along with the sinew of the vintage in its sidecar. Good length. From spring 2009. 2019-20 June 2008


still dark plum colour. The aroma is grounded, earthy, has a date darkness, some farmyard. The palate is spiced at first, holds quiet fruit, and spice. There is front of the mouth late acidity. This is gradually drying and thinning. 13.5°. To 2017  Oct 2013 Previously Nov 2006 *** nice, bright red; some fungal and reductive tones on the bouquet, though there is a top note of red fruit with a sprinkle of white pepper. Suave, lissom red fruit with a good interior and a core of live content. Clean finale with crisp, strawberry fruit. With air, this wine changes and lessens – the tannins gain ground and the aftertaste gets a bit dry, as if old oak may have been used. Esp 2008 on. 2018-22 Nov 2006

1999 ()

tiled top to the robe that is quite dark. The nose is led by burnt rubber-tar, with some raspberry outcrops if you seek hard. The palate is rather acrid, runs narrowly, though there is a little rich content within. Fades a bit at the end, where it shows raisin and cake in the taste. There is some interior structure, and it would be obligatory to eat a dish such as a beef daube with this: it would be useful camouflage. 2013-14 Dec 2006


dark robe; the bouquet is sympa, has hints of herbs and flowers, sustains well. There’s big matter on the palate, a lot of dense extract, the flavours dark. It’s traditional, hearty Châteauneuf, with a good chewy finale, nice power, licorice on the aftertaste. 2012-15 Oct 1998 Previously Oct 1996 ** (barrel) quite a dark robe; bosky, prune, cooked plums aroma that is quite full. The palate has some depth, but I suspect is not balanced – its firm texture is surrounded by some matter to fill it up. Tannins assert at the end. The firmness of the vintage is a worry. From 1999. 2006-08  Oct 1996


fair robe, red-plus, legs down glass. The nose is warm, round, offers rather sweet red garden berries. The palate leads with a strain of sweetness, doesn't have a lot of true cut. A cooked jam aspect is prevalent. This is rather nondescript, has a fair fullness, but is a bit sticky sweet in texture. Fair finish. Early drinking. 13.5°. 2004-06 Oct 1996