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70-80% Grenache, 20% Syrah 0-10% Mourvèdre from Cabrières (N-W) La Bertaude (N-W), Palestor (N), Bois Lauzon (N-E), soils are 50% galet stones, 40% clay-limestone, 10% sand, hand harvested, 24-36 hour pre-fermentation crop cooling at 10°C, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, concrete vat raised 9 months, unfined, lightly filtered, 6,000-16,000 b

2018 ()

bright dark red robe; the bouquet is really fat, succulent, has an oxtail presence, a savoury fullness, “high” red fruit in the picture. The palate reflects garrigue herbs, notes of rosemary, has a firm underpin of red fruit, tight matter. The tannins are solid, need time, the finish a touch demanding. It’s a muscular, rather full-on Châteauneuf that can be drunk only a little at a time. 15°. 6,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourvèdre. From 2023-24. 2044-46 Oct 2019

2017 ()

dark red; brewed aroma, savoury, meat stock airs, hints of damson plum that are agreeable. The palate is a little marked by its degree with a kirsch presence at its centre, which distracts.  The furniture around it lacks the ripe stuffing to absorb the degree – hence the balance is wonky, the finish stretched, demanding. 15.3°. 12,100 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. Bottled June 2018. From mid-2020. 2034-36 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat) medium depth red robe, has lustre, legs. The bouquet delivers true Grenache twins of spice and plums, backed by minerality, some vanilla and raspberry jam. The palate runs with red stone fruits that are free and cool, takes on pebbly tannins towards the finish – their crunch forms the aftertaste. It persists well, has character, and good sinew, is a wine to cellar for a while, then decant. 14.5°. From 2022. 2038-40 Oct 2017

2015

shiny red robe; the nose is a free event, led by red cherry and raspberry fruit, with nutmeg seasoning. The palate is clear, brisk, grippy. It’s young and unformed, has a fresh tension. The flavour centres of red stone fruits, which are pure. This is a “northern” take on Châteauneuf, and it requires at least two to three years to button itself together, and to expand past its rather strict current profile. There is southern glow on the aftertaste. 14.5°. 15,900 b. Bottled July 2016. From mid-2019. 2033-35 Sept 2016

2014

mild red colour. Grilled airs, pork and bacon in the mix, on the first nose. The fruit is secondary, resembles a low-key strawberry jam, surrounded by nuttiness. This is a smudgy start, definitely hampered by its bottling. The palate is also grilled in nature, with a declaration of raspberry fruit emerging towards the finish. The tannins need a couple of years. It is limited in scope, and for now it is breathing in, rather than out. 14.5°. 8,000 b. €16. Bottled Aug 2015. From mid-2017. 2024-26  Oct 2015