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70% Grenache, 10-20% Mourvèdre, 8-10% Syrah, 7-10% Cinsault (1970s) from stony sandstone, clay soils, a tight selection from 6 hectare vineyard at Roquemaure, hand harvested, destemmed, 20-30 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, then pumping overs, raised 50-70% concrete vat, 30-50% 1-3 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak cask raised 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2011, “drink with stews, sauced meats”, 4-10,000 b

2018 ()

(vat/casks) dark red; the nose has a slinky, aromatic mulberry fruiting, sweet lozenges, cooked plums, spice. The palate is peppery, thickly furnished with red fruits, herbs and tar towards the finish. There’s plenty here – it’s an inner power, robust Lirac. The tannins have salted energy, are assertive, and it ends on cassis fruit. From 2022. 2032-34 Oct 2019

2016 ()

plum red, a little mauve, in the robe. Has a Grenache- expressive nose that leads on rose-hip, floral, appealing simplicity of red fruits, a curl of sweetness. There are outer airs of elderberry. The palate gives a spiced, warm lands display of plum fruit with a baked note in the tannins. It’s a close-knit bundle, with intrinsic power. It doesn’t have the freedom of the best 2016 Liracs, is up for country dishes. It may gain in cohesion and expression if left until mid-2019; I find it low-key today. It’s a bit in and out along the palate. 15°. 10,000 b. 70% Gren, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourv, 10% Cins. 2028-30 Sept 2018

2015 ()

shiny, full red robe. The nose is quiet, but securely filled with black fruits, cherries, and a plump display. It’s broad. The palate gives a liqueur fruit, black berries and cherries with suave tannins well inset until their darkness stands out on the aftertaste. This flirts with power, ends on a near gasp, just under control. It finishes with a concerted flourish. 15°. 2025-27 Sept 2017

2014 ()

(vat/cask) decent red robe. This has an overt aroma led by cassis and licorice, with an inset of crisp mint. It is a nose with “spark”. The palate delivers plenty of rolling black fruit with a tasty centre. The tannins are supple and accompany it well. It has plenty of pep, as witnessed by salty touches on the finish, with an element of tar there. Lively wine for drinking with friends and barbecues more than sober settings. Ready soon – from spring 2016. Has a good, unleashed nature. 2022-23  Oct 2015

2011

sound red robe. The bouquet is restrained – offers red berry, mulberry style fruit, has a simple, quite gracious curve about it, a note of plum, and herbs such as thyme. A note of quiet heat is present. There is greater body and intensity than is suggested by the nose when it comes to the palate: it attacks on close-knit, deep, smoky plum fruit, and keeps its tight grip all through. The finish is substantial. It is broad across the palate, running this way and that. Modern, sleek fruit and cellar raising here. Drink now on its live energy, but more cohesive from spring 2014. 14°. €11.60. 2022-23  May 2013