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80-90% Grenache gris, 10% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Cinsault from galet stone soils on Grand Pierre (N-E) & Les Escondudes (S-E), Font de Michelle, Mourre de Gaud, destemmed, 30 day concrete vat vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, some cap punching, aged 2-3 year 225-litre, 400-600 litre oak casks 9-13 months, unfined, unfiltered, 8-30,000 b

2018

dark red; the bouquet gives black berry fruit, a little in the vat still influence, marc notes. It has a meaty sideline, some core strength. The palate starts on concerted cherry fruits, notes of blueberry, carries an attractive sweetness, a note of flowers towards the finish. It’s quietly perfumed, discreet Châteauneuf with elegance well on its agenda. The tannins are a little pebbly, and outside for now. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2019

2017

(casks) dark red colour; has a rather sultry, sweet nose, stewed black berry fruits, a note of damson jam, very much in a primary, not varied state. The palate links well, offering an attack of enjoyable, tasty big red berry, mulberry, fruiting with wavy tannins well inset. This gives splashes of local colour at first. The problem is, it becomes hesitant after half way, and the finish is a tad dry for now, the 2017 drought on show there: it has to overcome that. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 90% Gren, 10% Syr. €23. From 2021. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark red colour. Has a smoky, plum-fruited aroma, lamb stock, pepper, savoury implications also. It’s not yet knit together, is unformed. The palate runs with lithe plum-red fruited content, is muscular, upright, wiry, and requires time to coalesce, and bring forward more of a textured whole. Its inner force is apparent, so leave until 2020-21, no hurry. 14.5°. 20,000 b. 90% Gren gris, 10% Syr. 2035-37 Oct 2017

2015

(casks) medium red robe. Salt and cool red berry fruit lead a mild bouquet. There is a curl of sweetness present. The palate also carries salt, with easy going red fruits, a little tannin apparent. It’s relatively low horizon wine for drinking from 2018. Correct, but not arresting. 14.8°. 20,000 b. 2028-30 Sept 2016

2012

sound red robe, quite dark. The nose has a grilled, toasted top with a cooked plum, hay and thyme air beyond its core, a blackberry jelly presence. The palate has a cassis-blackberry, sweet fruited nature, never loses sight of that, the end fluid, nicely gras. It can sing a tune over time. It also flirts with power – there is a hum of that – but the coating and content take care of that. The length is good, with a little tangy prune and fine fruit closing it. It can gain in dimension, notably on the attack. 14.5°. 90% Gren, 10% Syr this year. From 2016. 2027-29  Nov 2013

2011 ()

shiny plum red. The nose is reserved, cautious – gives a suggestion of tea, fruit tart, licorice, red cherry. The palate is a low-key show at the moment, but has a secure depth, and integrated tannins, finishing in a compact, quite round form. There is a flint note in the tannins, a menthol touch. It needs time to fuse the menthol finish, is a wine that has matter. 14.5°. 2025-27  Dec 2012

2010

dark tints in its red robe; there is a wave of appeal on the nose, which has a succulence of the Grenache that is typical of Châteauneuf. This bouquet is young, rather serene, has a lightly smoked effect in with its blueberry fruitiness. The palate shows the round, gourmand features of the nose also, a good and simply presented purity. It is textured to please. Not a big horizon wine, but it is ample on the second half of the palate and delivers flavour. A wine of charm. From spring 2012. 14.5°, bottled already. 2024-27 Dec 2011

2008 ()

mild, not deep red. Red jelly aroma - raspberry and mulberry rather then the lighter redcurrant - sweet airs within. It widens across the palate, gains push and front. Brittle tannins on the end. Grenache lies at its heart, but it lacks real depth of matter. From mid-2010. Already bottled. 2015-16 Dec 2009

2007 ()

full red robe; the bouquet has a nutty, herbal, garrigue top note, plus cherry fruit. There is a real intense burst of full red fruit on the attack – it ends on some heat. The flavours are “dark”, and it needs to settle – try from mid 2010. It has been made with the foot rather down on the pedal, but delivers plenty. A touch high octane. 2018-20 March 2009 Previously Nov 2008 *** pretty red, plus black cherry in the robe. The bouquet suggests width and depth, but is reserved today: black fruits prevail. The palate mixes well-judged ripe fruit that comes with sinew in its texture, and gradually gains dimension as it goes. It ends on a herbal, mild milk chocolate, sweet spice note, along with raisin and toffee. From late 2010. 2019-21 Nov 2008

2006 ()

steady red robe; red berry aroma with the semblance of liqueur in it, is a little tight and reserved, a glint of mineral present, a small sense of tautness. The blackberry fruit starts in a supple way, and is backed by a gradual gain in at first ripe tannin. Shows the open fruit of the year, with a little chewy note at the end. There are some wiry extra tannins on the finish, the length is good. Thus drink from 2010. 2017-19 Nov 2008 Previously Nov 2007 *** (casks) quite a dark red, and bottle 1 is stinky. 2nd bottle: plum, Grenache-inspired nose, with a touch of the funky about it, and some raspberry liqueur, is not very expressive or clear now. The palate starts softly, the red fruit is compact and has some garrigue in it. Leaves a ripe tannin aftertaste, with some fruit gum in the flavour. Is quite robust on the finish, and provides authentic, local punch. From late 2009. 2020-21 Nov 2007

2005 ()

mid-red colour; smoky nose with a round shape, a sprinkle of herbs. Quite gourmand style fruit with a good, clean flow. It is very primary now, will be more varied around 2009-10, but drinks well on its fruit now. Very clear texture. 2016-18 March 2007 Previously Dec 2006 *** sound red colour; robust, cooked plum fruits aroma that is broad and trimmed with herbs. The palate fruit is live and sinewed with a good thread of tannin. Quite a chunky, grounded wine with nice typicity. I like its honest red fruits. Quite a succulent ending. Esp 2009 on. 2018-21