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70-75% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, 5-20% Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan from 50% clay-limestone, 30% gravel soils, 20% safre or compacted sand soils, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 12°C, 10-12 day vinification, pumping overs, 20%-25% cap punching, 50% concrete vat, 50% steel vat raised 4 months, filtered, “drink with charcuterie, pasta, pizza, chilled with a barbecue”, 30-40,000 b

2016

red robe with a violet top influence. Has a soft n’easy, sweet-noted nose with a little “high” aspect from reduction. Plum and strawberry fruit lie at its centre, with red cherries, and it has a juvenile “glisten” about it. This also drinks easily, has a plump delivery at first, a succulent style, before some grain-tannin interlude, then a squeezy note on its rounded aftertaste. The flavour is on red cherry near the stone. It’s just moving past its first youthful openness, is tightening. Allow it to breathe. Drink with roast meats. 13.5°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Cins. 2020-21 Dec 2017

2015

red robe, a little transparent at top. The bouquet is regular, not varied, with an air of dampness, soaked raspberry. The palate gives a simple run of raspberry fruit, and is OK to drink now. It’s a bit simple, and drifts on the second half, perhaps due to its recent bottling. 13.5°. 30,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Cins, 10% Syr. €3.30 export. Bottled Feb 2016. To 2020  June 2016

2014

mild red robe. Peppery, open easy nose, red fruits on parade, is a direct start, suggests solo drinking OK. The palate is a bit simple, lacks that bit of gras to give it true interest and enjoyment. The finish is on the vegetal, austere side. 13.5°. To 2018  Oct 2015   

2012

already matt toned, quite full red. The bouquet is brewed, rather chocolate bearing, with black raisin; it combines intensity with some floral notes, has cut on the edges. Nicely wavy black fruits come with salty touches on the palate; it lengthens well, is a compact and rather dark Côtes du Rhône, a safe performer. €5.40 at cellars. 13°. Bottled April 2013. To 2017  Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark red, legs. Grilled, grounded, baked aroma, which is a mix of damp leaves with red meat, blackberry. The palate sets off on a combination of blackberry and blueberry fruit, with a thread of licorice and crisp tannin which helps it to move along. Has a flinty, menthol ending with definite weight of content. It is a shade rustic, but has local character. Suited to dishes such as stews. It is a bit lean, vegetal inside. Decant over the next two years. 13°. Bottled early Feb 2012, €5.25 at cellars. 2016-17  Dec 2012

2008

quite bright red robe; raw, primary Grenache fruit aroma – is live, a shade reductive, needs leaving for six months. The palate red fruit is low decibel, but runs along until a more enclosed finish. Has nice authentic red Grenache fruit. Good local feel here. From mid-2010. To 2014. Nov 2009