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50% Syrah from Cristia, av age 49 years) 50% Grenache (1910-1920) from Le Mourre de Gaud, destemmed, fermented in new 225-litre casks, manual cap punching, casks emptied, then refilled and aged 100% same new oak casks 16-17 months, fined, filtered, first wine 2006, 2-5,000 b

2018 ()

(new casks, bottling March 2020) very full robe; the bouquet is full to the brim, a mix of soaked black cherries and oaking, carries southern weight, some dampness within. This is a gourmand affair, crowds the palate with its ample content, takes on black olives, oaking, tar as it ends, plus a floral, musky hint. It’s an “impressive” wine, but is at arms’ length in terms of drinkability. Open it for eight people, thus, not two or four or six. 14.5°. 5,000 b. From 2023-24 for assimilation of oak. €50. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(new casks, bottling Apr 2019) deep red colour, black centre; the bouquet has a crisp aspect, presents live blueberry fruit, drifts of smoke and licorice. The palate holds trim black cherry content with mild tannins in the loop. It can be drunk sooner than many, with no obstacles to some pleasure based around its rolling, cool fruit tones. It’s straightforward. 14.5°. 3,500 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €50. From 2020. 2037-9 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks) deep black-red robe. Morello black cherries swirl around on the nose, with a liqueur feel to them, plus, of course, the oak, which is quite bright. Overall, it is strong and broad, muscular. The palate runs with dashing cherry and cassis fruits – they are very juicy and tasty now - with the oak making inroads here and there, pine coming from that source. There is plenty of life in this, which makes it a rather “sizzling” wine. It will be of interest from 2023. 14.8°. 2041-44 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(new casks, bottling Feb 2017) dark red robe.  The nose gives a loose, open aroma of blackberry fruit with a cool interior, some charcoal and licorice above. The palate bears juicy, coulis style black fruits with a plush gras present. The smokiness and tar of the tannins give a bracing factor on the finish, which becomes tight. It’s pretty forward wine which swings along liberally. Time will help the finish to settle and expand. 14.5°. 3,000 b. From mid-2018. 2032-35 Sept 2016

2014 ()

(casks, bottling March 2016) dark red. There is a good strike of raspberry fruit on the first nose, with an oily ripeness, plenty of potential – it leaves a long trail. The palate is marked by oak on the attack, holds fluid black fruit with some dash and freedom. The finish is fresh, with oak in the ascendancy. The gras is enjoyable at its heart. It doesn’t need much more oak. 14°. From mid-2018. 2027-29  Oct 2015  

2012

(casks, bottling March 2014) dark; stubborn but filled bouquet that has oak and pine implanted, a smooth air of black berry fruit, a touch of spicing. The palate delivers a full charge of good quality, sleek fruit, is currently oak fenced. The vanilla and prune exit is round, ample, shows oak. There is good fruit content beyond its oak, and it can become local from 2020 on, say. From 2016-17. 14.5°. 2030-33  Nov 2013

2011

(casks, bottling March 2013) dark colour. Oily, brewed, unctuous aroma that is not yet open, so can’t be closely defined. What appears for now is an air of soaked black fruits, licorice and bosky, woods style airs. The palate is chunky, broad, very much made in the cellar wine. Suggest a long maceration with dark prune fruit emerging from that and a big burst of oak. New Worldstyle Châteauneuf. It has no subtleties, but its fruit rediscovers a tiny finesse while the oak bangs its drum all around. There is a liqueur style, fruit bomb essence to this. From 2016. 15°. 2029-32  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(casks, bottling March 2012) dark red; modern, clean zap in the nose – there is a biscuity red cherry here with a drift of oak across it. The palate reflects the oak, but offers access to some juiced Grenache plum fruit. The length is OK. Holds clean-cut, pristine fruit, so it is all rather mechanical in feel. The juice shows briefly again on the aftertaste. From 2015-16. 2034-36 Dec 2011

2009

full robe; resin-punchy black fruit aroma, smoke and oak. The oak influence on the start of the palate renders this upright, it is also strict, pumped up, cellar forced in style. Wait until 2015 for it to achieve more harmony. The finish is austere for now. 14.5°. 2029-32 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 **** (casks) dark robe, black tints. Much oak holds the bouquet together, while inside lies quite fine black fruit aromas, violet and spice. Has a well-set palate that is full of bounty, and authentic flavours. There is a good heart of black fruit, blackberry jam. The fruit persists well. Has a surround of very manageable late oak. Good poise. Ripe, but not overdone. The oak is tarry, charry. From 2013. 2029-32 Oct 2010

2008 ()

(casks) quite dark. Chocolate top air from its oak, also slightly floral, with black fruit below, prunes. Fair amount of richness to handle its oak: it stiffens after half way as the oak gets stuck in. From 2012. 2019-20 Nov 2009

2006 ()

bright, dark plum colour; there is a good, rich tenor to the nose, a savoury, steering towards young Porto air – it holds very rich, ripe fruit, intense blackberry, some violet. The palate starts richly – this is a very enveloping wine with scented fruit at its heart, a rounded texture, has plenty of length. A sipper, not a quaffer, just a little at a time - it is near dessert wine in style. It is feeling its young way, and to its credit, the oak is mild on the finish. Difficult to know when to drink – perhaps try a bottle in 2009 to get used to it, then leave until 2012-13. 15°. 2027-29 June 2008 Previously Jan 2008 *** (cask) dark, full robe; crunchy black fruit with olives and black pepper in the bouquet – it is wide and a bit grilled, with oily, sappy modern black fruit at its heart. The palate black fruit comes across as if there are non-Grenache elements here. Has a straight up nature towards the finish, its oak sides are firm and the core fruit reflects black cherry. The oaking is severe now, and this is a wine of cellar construction, very man made now. Has a pretty fresh finale. From 2011. 2025-28 Jan 2008