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75-80% Grenache (1970s & older), 15-20% Syrah, 3-5% Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan from 50-60% clay-limestone, 20% galet stone, 20% sandy soils on Maucoil, hand harvested, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 12°C, 2-3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, 50% concrete vat, 50% steel vat raised 12-15 months, filtered, “drink with lamb, red meats, game, sauced chicken, free range chicken, spiced dishes, cheese”, 30-50,000 b

2018 ()

quite a full red robe; the bouquet has a sweet overlay, scented plum fruits, raspberry liqueur, a note of “high” in the fruit, chicken stock. It’s pretty well together, air will not hurt it. The palate offers a suave run of mixed red fruits, mulberry-raspberry, has mild tannins that add a gentle substance to the second half. It drinks well now, has a note of evolution already – that is a reflection of the vintage and its travails for harvest health. It’s a genuine, STGT, garrigue in its veins, will be grand with a lamb stew, mushroom dishes. 14.5°. 2027-28 Nov 2020

2016 ()

(vat) Côtes du Rhône Villages this year, and what a good do it is: crimson-red robe. There is curvy, up front appeal on the nose, black cherry, a homely purity to the fruit, pockets of rosemary, marjoram herbs. It is a lucid and inviting start. The palate rolls serenely via an unbroken run of smoothly textured, floral-aromatic black fruits, backed by fine tannins and their gentle late dustiness. The aftertaste is also aromatic. This has good balance, much charm – it’s a wine serving commendable simplicity, no fandango or unnecessary intervention: Burgundian finesse here. It’s very long, and very interesting. Great with partridge, quail, game birds. 14°. From spring 2018. 2025-26 Aug 2017

2014

(vat) Côtes du Rhône Villages this year: sober, dark robe, really full. The nose has an air of liqueur fruit, a sweet inlay, a violets and cocoa duo behind. Its squeezy quality is pretty inviting. The palate bears gourmand, ample berry fruit, with smooth tannins aiding its late clarity. Stylish, generous wine, with plenty of heart. It is a  top echelon 14 Villages red. From late 2016. 14°. 2021-22  Oct 2015

2012 ()

(vat) shiny, nice dark red. The bouquet is deep enough for this to be a good table wine; there are licorice and cassis, smoky aspects to it. This has class – the fruit is shapely, tasty, led by black cherries. The tannins fit in, and add some crunch for the second half. A good 2012, one that free wheels nicely. The end is fresh and clear. Has sound body indeed for la table and a variety of dishes. €7.50 at cellars. 14°. Bottling March 2014.  2018-19  Oct 2013

2011

dark, shiny robe. The nose gives a suave, steady air of cassis, also raspberry that has a liqueur style to it. The nose is young, not varied, has promise. The palate is shapely, has a charry debut, holds clean running black berry fruit with mint, crisp menthol additions in its later stages – it ends on those, have licorice snap in them. Stylish drinking to come. A structured Côtes du Rhône. 14°. €7.45 at cellars. 2018-19  Dec 2012

2008

mild red, some depth at its heart. Red cherry and raspberry aroma, eau de vie touches in it. Straightforward red fruit leads the palate, expands towards the finish, delivers a steady gain. It is ready now, is up for country foods. Decent length. 2014-15 Nov 2009

2007

full, dark red; simmered red fruits on the nose, almost ripe enough to be soaked, red fruit tart, sympa Grenache. There is a pretty strike of red fruit on the palate – it hits the mark early on. Has a fresh, clear finish. I prefer the palate to the nose – it is supple and right there now. 14.5°. 2012-13 Feb 2009