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80-85% Grenache, 15-20% Syrah from galet stone clay-limestone soils on Les Bosquets (N) & sandy soils on Relagnes (E), 80% destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, raised 80-85% concrete vat (Grenache), 15-20% 1-5-year oak cask (Syrah) on fine lees, some lees stirring, 13-16 months, filtered, 4,000 b


(vat/cask, bottling March 2020) dark red; the aroma is led by markedly ripe fruit, prune, has a damp, oily presence. The palate sets off on pine, bosky notes, squeezy richness, prune and blackcurrant, along with munchy tannins that are pliant, still compact, with a hint of oak on the aftertaste. This is thorough in style, soaked fruits present. Time will help it to clarify – it’s gummy in texture now, could be more fresh, liberated, and the finish needs to refine. The long maceration with part vat emptying/refilling and lees stirring explains this soaked style. 14.5°. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. From mid-2022. 2038-40 Oct 2019

2017 ()

very dark robe; has a prune-blackberry aroma that comes with sweet, sturdy weight, black olives, soaked black cherries – it’s quite a Southern fest. The palate has suave lining, plush black fruits, open juicing, with ripe tannins well inside. Prune and soaked cherries are central. It has a slight heaviness, could be more buoyant and free drinking. The tannins come in the 2017 vein, and demand it be left another two to three years: from 2023. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. 2038-40 Oct 2019


(vat/cask, bottling March 2018) shiny, oily dark red colour. The nose carries sweet depth, a rich blackberry and prune aroma, fruit pastilles on the go. This is a gourmand, large affair, a rich and coated wine bearing black fruits with a little tingle of tannin and clarity towards the finish. It’s not a free drinking wine, requires red meats, la table, and sipping. There is an-built sucrosity that shows in a thick coulis style, rendering it tasty, and almost blown in from north Africa. 15°. 4,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. From spring 2019, absolutely no hurry. 2033-35 Oct 2017

2015 ()

dark red, a thorough robe. Prune and cooked raspberry mingle on the nose, with a slight sense of dried herbs, thyme. It’s quite tightly locked up. The palate holds salted, spiced content with a charge of energy from the tannins. Its elements are in place for a good evolution. There is inner power, and a coated display from the ripe crop. The finish is peppered. Grounded, traditional, a good and genuine glass, right up there for a beef casserole, for example. 14.5°. From 2019. 2032-34 Sept 2016

2012 ()

dark red; forward, open nose – liberal black cherry liqueur with a brioche, baked bread addition, a constant aroma, prune included; it is wide, too. It has a soaked, full, rather assertive style. This is a good example of 2012: there is a flow of friendly, sweet fruit that is well-textured – there are bonny waves of it. It is tasty throughout. Quiet tannins lie in support. It isn’t complicated to appreciate. From mid-2015 it will drink well and expressively, is very much in the here and now. Lamb and stews good with this. 15°. 2022-24  Nov 2013

2011 ()

shiny red. The bouquet has good poise, is promising: there is a good roll of red cherry and redcurrant, has a sleek harmony, is in a very primary state. The palate offers swish, quite sweet red fruit, a cherry liqueur flavour, textured around a suave gras richness. A clean-cut citizen style, orderly and modern wine that is a bit cellar-asserted. It picks up thyme and rosemary on the finish, and is a Garrigue Grenache wine at heart. From late 2014. 15°. 2026-28  Dec 2012


(bottling in 1 week) medium depth red robe; has a wide-beamed nose, an air of red fruit jelly that comes with a little black raisin and licorice. The palate has a mid-weight debut, rolls on with modest tannin and support. A simple Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with no extras. It has a little trademark sweetness. Drink now. Tasted blind, I find this below what ChdPape should be. €16 at the cellars. 2017-18 Dec 2011

2009 ()

mild red colour; indistinct nose – smoked bacon, cardboard, hung meat, resin, is Grenache-centred vis-à-vis its fruit. High fruit on the palate, but it lacks depth for Châteauneuf, is more fleeting than it should be. Bitter notes on the aftertaste. 15°. Its balance and cohesion are still questions here. 2018-19 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 *** (casks) dark robe, light patches at the top; blackberry jelly or jam is the main fruit aroma; there are drifts of spirit behind, also vegetal. This is a meaty, big wine with simmering power. The Syrah gives a plump darkness to it after half way (20% Syrah this year). It is possible that it ended its fermentation late – I have a sense of sugars, spritz here at the end. Of course it is not yet finished. From 2012. 2020-22 Oct 2010

2007 ()

black berry colour, a little matt. Has an oily, ample The palate`s red stone fruit aroma – it is wide, comes with bacon, smoky meat airs, berries that have been simmered and aren`t quite at the jam stage. The palate`s juicy, Grenache-led fruit is mobile, and continues with a deft touch. Good harmony in this very vintage-faithful wine. The late matter is correct – this is a wine of sheen that is not that profound. Very agreeable. 2018-21 Nov 2008

2004 ()

bright red with some dark streaks, and glycerol apparent. The nose bears softly mulled berries – appealing red fruits that come with a little sweetness. This is broad and aromatic, combining violets and some gamey depth behind. With air there comes forward black fruits, cassis leaf and a sub-iodine air. The palate is tasty, and drinks well solo thanks to its sweet, herbal flavour with a red jam persistence in it. This is rather refined, and the length is sound – it has certainly merited a second look with more time. Finishes with a firm, well-mannered texture, and a good lacing of tannin permeates the palate, really well inside it. After two hours' air, it is more weighty and the fruit moves to black berries and a softer tone. 14.5°. 2016-17 Oct 2007 Previously Oct 2006 ** red and black mix on robe; wholesome, broad bouquet showing brewed fruits – it holds up well, has a local and tarry character. Dark fruits on the palate with the tar again – the tannins are edgy. A mixed bag – its core is uncertain, the shape tall, the acidity present. More, rich Grenache needed. From 2008. 2011-13 Oct 2006