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The Wines

70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 2-3% Cinsault, 2-4% Counoise, 2-5% Muscardin & Vaccarèse from 9 plots across the appellation (av age 45 years) inc Colombis, Mont Pertuis, Mourre de Gaud, whole bunch fermentation, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, aged 50-80% concrete vat, 30% 600-litre oak casks (have replaced large barrel), 10-20% 1-year oak casks 12 months (before late 2000s was aged 3-8 year large barrels 12-14 months), fined, 8-33,000 b

2017 ()

(vat/casks, bottling Feb 2019) dark red robe. Has a well contained raspberry with blueberry aroma, a note of smoky bacon; the nose has the potential to vary and amplify, is wide. The palate shows oak traces along its path, holds black fruits with some style in the gras richness, picks up a leg of freshness towards the finish, with oak-mint, savoury notes there. This is rather chunky wine that will benefit from patience. 14.3°. 8,000 b. €24. From 2022. 2038-40 Oct 2018

2016 ()

nice sheen in its quite full red robe. The bouquet has an inner sweetness, ripeness, has a rather thick raspberry liqueur fruit air, isn’t properly out and about yet. There’s a floral, violet hint that brings a gentle side to it. The palate is savoury, nice and rolling, with fineness in its gras richness. It collects a little powdery tannin on the close. The aftertaste has touches of charming rose hip. This is elegant Châteauneuf, a little restrained. 14°. From late 2019. 2037-39 Mar 2018

2015 ()

(vat/casks, bottling Feb 2017) dark red, belle robe. There is a briary-pine top air to the nose, with a compact, crammed in raspberry layer below. It’s almost kirsch-like. The palate holds fluid raspberry fruit with a spearmint take on the second half. It swashbuckles along, holds little back. This has a springy nature, full of beans it is. There is a note of garrigue mixed herbs before the finish, and also oaking there. 14°. 10,000 b. From 2018. 2033-35 Sept 2016

2012

(vat/ barrel, bottling Feb 2014) dark red; smoky, pine and oak first air with a chocolate, prune density beyond that, a drift of rosemary and licorice. The palate is chunky, comes with a little alcoholic edge. Rum cake and dark plum fruit lie at its heart, It is disparate now, needs to scoop up its different elements. The oak is assertive, has a singed aspect now. The aftertaste is grainy, chunky. 14°. From 2016, allow time to fuse. Raised 50% concrete vat, 40% large barrel, 10% casks. 10,000 b. €23. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2011 ()

sober dark red; the nose has an oak-smoke intensity that lies on top of barely discernible black fruit, a wee note of polished leather. The palate is chunky from its oak, but has fluid black cherry fruit inside. Overtly modern, has a fresh ending. Bordeaux meets Rhône (tasted blind). It is clean, but lacks local character – it is tasty on the surface, but low on local dashes, soul. Best moment: 2018-20 – it can be 3.5 stars then. There is a slight note of game on the finish. 14°. From 2015. 2023-26  Dec 2012

2010

charming dark red colour, bright and clear. Leather, white pepper, smoky aroma that is finely modulated, has reserve and reserves. It shows nicely natural Grenache plum fruit with light spicing and herb influences. Pepper runs through its red fruit; this is a wine of quiet pedigree, unhurried winemaking, is authentic. Its clarity is good – this is traditional, STGT wine, offers access to the vineyard. It is not at all in the weighty, made to impress school. Pleasing harmony can emerge – for now it is still on its grain. Has a curry powder exit. From mid-2013. €21.50, fair price. Only 8,000 b this year. 2032-34 Dec 2011

2009 No Rating

(barrel) 2 samples tasted, both dodgy. No 1: largely full red; cork-green airs. No. No 2: light top tints, even ruby, red within. Smoky, rather advancing aroma with a burnt side, barbecued smoke. The palate is also threaded with a singed nature, the fruit dry and lacking freshness. Bad barrel samples. Traditional style wine. Oct 2010

2006

(barrel) modest, rather dull red robe; the nose is withdrawn – low key red fruits, a little smoke, sweet-toned Grenache that isn't very deep, a crème of raspberry air. The palate is also modest in dimension and nature – lacks a real stamp. Its red fruit is backed by some quite ripe tannins, the fruit persists OK. Early drinking style of wine, without big horizon. Pleasant, pas plus. 2016-18 Jan 2008

2005

red plum colour; sweet-natured nose that has a floral curve to it, and some coffee and cocoa that bring definition, and an air of evolution. Has a nicely weighted attack – there is good purity in the early fruit. Its tannins need leaving until 2010, are a bit demanding for now, but will absorb. May become bosky, leathery around 2014-15. 2020-21 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 (*) (pre-bottle) dark robe; brewed, touch of chocolate on nose, earthy, tarry and rather volatile. Meaty, broad palate with a big show from ripe Grenache its heart, there is plum fruit with herbal edging. Dries at end, this is not a stable example. Review this, obviously

2004 ()

mild Grenache red colour; hard to detect aromas – faint fruit. Easy, quite supple fruit and flavour. But is Châteauneuf Lite – seems an afterthought rather than the main wine, as if Prestige robbed. Tannins on the finish need leaving till 2008, length is OK. 2011-13 Oct 2006

1997 ()

three-quarter depth red, more red than black. Soft, straightforward nose, runs on sweet lines, jam present. The palate also is shaped on roundness, an easy, quite early route. There is some strawberry jam in the flavour, and a softness of texture that makes it a simple wine, with no great complexity or structure. 2005-06  Oct 1998