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60-70% Grenache (1914, 1925-1950, av age 48 years), 15-20% Syrah (late 1960s), 10-15% Mourvèdre, 0-7% Muscardin, Counoise, hand harvested, destemmed, crop cooled at 10-12°C, 25-35 day vinification, manual cap punchings, pumping overs, aged 20-50% new, 50-80% 2-8 year 228-litre oak casks 14-16 months (new cask % down since mid-2010s), fined, filtered, 15-30,000 b

2018 ()

(new/used casks, bottling March 2020) pitchy dark red colour; the bouquet is close-knit, sealed around black stone fruits, jam-like in nature, with black olives in tow. It has a muscular density. After the grounded opening, the palate also expresses full, southern virtues, deals a compact sweet-toned depth, black jam flavouring, but there is a note of confection from its oak. Best to leave until 2024, say to allow infusion of oak and more detail to come through. 14.5°. 17,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €35. From 2022. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017

(new/used casks, bottling April 2019) full, dark red. The nose reflects dried lands, has a baked fruits nature, vigorous airs of black raisin, prune, the parched Mediterranean. There’s a note of mint, menthol, eucalyptus. The palate holds wavy, rolling content which deepens before the close, plunging into full concentration, tarry areas. It’s coherent between nose and palate, a wine of muscle, vigour, a good, true showing, with drive on the finish. It’s structured with live tannins that help its late moments. 15,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €30. From 2022. 2041-43 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks) very dark robe, purple, mostly black. The nose leads on prune fruit, dates, has a real southern climes intensity. There are also mocha, sweet black raisin airs, and a hint of flowers, violets that peeks out. The palate is full of layered black fruit content, wears a cloak of tarred, smoky oak for now. It’s all very sleek and consecutive along the palate. The finish is thorough, rests on toffee, oak, dried white raisins. This is a big wine, for game and red meats in time. Its length is very good. From 2020-21. 2039-42 Oct 2017

2015

(casks) dark red robe. The nose shows classic Châteauneuf warmth, mingles pine, woodsy black berry fruit, is secure in its depth. The palate is broad, runs with live dark red, raspberry fruit, has a surge of the south in its late stages. Traditional style, a wine of vigour and tannins that need two years to refine and enter within. It will be longer and more smooth from 2019. It’s nice and honest, wholesome, and true to its place. 14.5°. 2036-38  Sept 2016

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) dark red colour. The nose gives a smoky, blackberry/raspberry intensity, notes of red meat, cold tea and their added depth, dried herbs such as thyme, also pine. The palate holds a crunchy black fruit, with essence of prune and a concentrated juice delivery as it ends. The tannins fit in well. There is a touch of oak on the finish. This has good substance. 14°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2018. 2027-29  Oct 2015 

2013

(casks, bottling March 2015) dark hue – fairly full to the rim. The bouquet suggests big extraction, comes with lots of coffee-coconut oak, with dark fruit tucked in behind. It is modern in style, but the fruit is there. The palate is fleshy and chewy, has blackcurrant notes. This is powerful and assertive for the vintage, but has potential. Wait for the oak to dissipate, so drink from 2017. 14.5°. 2026-28 JL Oct 2014

2012

(casks, bottling March 2014) dark robe; beef stock, black raisin, prolonged nose across the glass, a brooding “dark” presence. The palate delivers a full-bodied, traditional Châteauneuf, one with a powerful centre and thrust in its tannins, late content. Sturdy – it needs time and then drinking with game dishes. Its power is just under control. Well-grounded, plenty to appreciate for aficionados of Châteauneuf. The aftertaste is peppered, spiced with menthol touches. From 2016. 14.5°. 2027-28  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(bottling March 2013) dark plum red. Bosky, tar opening aroma with blackberry fruit behind. The main fruit is prune, suggesting ripeness of crop, which is accompanied by a hint of violet; the nose is a touch baked. The palate gives enjoyable black fruit which tastes well now. A spot of extra darkness comes from its supple tannins that are the only added furniture. Round and pleasurable wine. Easy to like, Regular Guy wine. 14.5°. From mid-2014. 2022-24  Dec 2012

2010 No Rating

(casks) 2 samples that are not right – funny acidity on the palate, although the nose has a prune-blackberry air, dark soil influences. Dec 2011

2009

(casks) dark robe; compact bouquet, comes with dark fruit - black cherry – licorice and oak. Brewed black fruits on the palate, has an assertive style, pushes along with vigour, picks up tannins and oak as it goes. Solid finish. This is chunky, a bit coarse, and the oak is on the upper limit. From 2013. 2028-30 Oct 2010

2006

dark red; has a snappy, crackling nose – black fruit which is ripe and round lies beyond the young, oaked air that has the crackle of charcoal in it. The palate has an oak-led debut; within there lies blackberry fruit, a licorice tang, some herbal, southern tones as well. It is quite upright now, its richness at a three-quarter depth. Not that local due to its oak – drink from 2013 for that. “It is closing after its bottling,” Jean-Paul Autard. 14.5°. €27 at the cellar. 2020-23 June 2008. Bottled April 2008. Previously Jan 2008 ***(*) (casks) a full red robe; the bouquet is quite full – has a red berry aroma and hidden airs – is pretty broad late on, is compact and shows potential with an easy, comfortable little sweetness. The palate red berry fruit has an easy nature, like the nose, and rolls along with a juiced texture and tannins right on the spot where and when required, nicely absorbed. Beau vin, good for CHR restaurant trade and family drinking. Has length and structure. Great drinking around 2010 onwards. 2018-20 Jan 2008

2005 ()

quite full dark red; oak traverses the nose – there is a brewed air to this, raisin and cake aromas. The palate is taut, tight right now – seems extracted, with a front of mouth dryness – there appears to be overt cellar construction on this, plenty of oak ahead of vineyard. There is some gras, or richness, so it can integrate if left - until spring 2010, I'd say. The aftertaste is very dry today – leave well alone. 2025-28 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) (pre-bottle) dark, black hue. Very ‘brut de vat’ aroma – post-fermentation red fruit with young oak hints. Clean fruit start on palate, fringed by oak, it runs on well, flows in good, clean lines. Promising for the future, from around 2010. The oak imprint is marked on the end today, so needs time to infuse. Cherry fruit aftertaste, in the modern way. Can achieve local terroir, herbal sides with age. Its core fruit is successful and well set. 2024-27 Nov 2006

2004 ()

some darkness in the red; tucked up, tight nose, with some cherry and spice, also the aroma of rich winter cake. Clean fruit start to the palate, comes in quite a modern, almost saignée style. I like its red fruit flow that rolls a along well. Has clean, ripe tannins. Life here suggests more to come. Esp mid-2008 or 2009 on. 2020-22 Nov 2006 Previously Oct 2006, London No rating - a disappointment: dark robe; rather empty bouquet – lacks core fruit and has spirity tones. Brewed up, angular palate. Seems as if the cellar has been aggressively launched at it. High acidity. Oct 2006, London

1998 ()

dark, shiny robe; reserved, but quite deep nose – tight, upright for now, shows ripe fruit, quite a lot in it. The raspberry fruit on the palate persists well, runs along tender lines, unlike their Prestige wine which is very forced. Good flavour, fruit extract, decent length. It is persistent, very clean, very unpretentious, a good domaine wine, nothing flash. From 2004. 2013-16 Feb 2000

1994

quite dark robe, legs. Spiced, mixed aroma with some genuine dry, dust in it, has interest and potential. The palate weight is agreeable, is peppery with a sinewed texture around it. It finishes on markedly peppery notes, a bit of final heat and licorice. Not a pushy wine that is expressive of its vintage, unlike may from the over-extracted school. That means it has a slight angular touch, but enough matter to set it right. From 2000. 13.5°. 2006-09 Oct 1996