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55-60% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre (1920s-1930s), 0-5% Syrah from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Les Serres (S), Bois de la Ville (S-W) & sandy soils on Le Cristia (N-E), whole bunch 6 week vinification at 26°C, cap punching, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 90-100% 2-5 year 550-litre oak casks, 0-10% vat 18 months, unfined, unfiltered, 6,000-9,300 b

2018

(casks, bottling Apr 2020) full, dark red robe; beef stock, coated airs of blueberry show on the nose, oak varnish there, too. The palate is robust, structured, intense, with a firm couch of black fruit, cassis, for example. The fruit quality is good. The extended finish is well juiced, a good sign. It’s solid, rather firm, all through, and needs leaving until 2023-24 even. The longer it is left, the more approachable and friendly it will become. 15°. 6,000 b. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. €90. 2044-46 Oct 2019

2017

(casks) dark red colour; the nose gives black fruit, prune, iodine in something of a jumble for now, can be refined with time. It is broad, and there is inner weight. The palate runs with liberal juice, live tannins, has good drive from the off. This has good ground force and character, comes pretty directly off the sun-filled lands. The tannins can also be refined with more time, are a little doughty for now. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. €80. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(casks) dark red. The bouquet is potentially stylish, comes forward with raspberry liqueur fruit, some blueberry notes, prune and leather also. The palate is tasty immediately, rolls with a rich wheel of matter, has some sandy soil finesse above the more crunchy galet stone heart. These will fuse and complete the picture. There’s plenty of lip smacking gras on the finish. It’s a sleek style of Châteauneuf, but has inner detail. From 2021. 2041-44 Oct 2017 GB £295 6 b i/b https://www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/jsp/content.jsp?pg=rhone16

2015

(casks) full red robe. The nose is reserved, but comfortably full. There is a tone of simmered mulberry fruit, a note of damp vegetation, iodine. The palate gives suave black fruits, cassis for example, with ripe tannins in step. The overall effect is rounded, on the plump side. There is a cooler blueberry note on the finish, which builds on what has come before. This has depth, and decent style, works to some extent on its smooth texture. From 2019. 2036-39 Sept 2016 GB Justerini & Brooks £575 12 b or £595 6 mags or £210 1 Jereboam or £420 1 Mathusalem all i/b www.justerinis.com  

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) quite a full red. There is a slightly smoky air of mulled red berries on the nose, raspberry foremost, with some garrigue herbs. The palate gives enjoyable, fleshy plum fruit and content, its tannins lissom and supple, notes of spice here and there. This has attractive, open qualities, and will be drunk with pleasure. 15°. 6,000 b. 55% Gren, 40% Mourv, 5% Syr. €55. From mid-2017. 2029-30  Oct 2015

2013

(casks, bottling April 2015) full dark red colour. Has a nicely airborne, stylish nose that is free, rounded and inviting. The palate holds precise fruit with supple heart and lissom, smooth tannins. It ends running, too. This is joli vin which will please; it has a genuine elegance. The aftertaste is neat, still juvenile, on its puppy fat for now. Enjoyable drinking. From mid-2017. 2035-38 Feb 2015 Previously Oct 2014 **** (casks) deep crimson colour. The bouquet fruit has purity and freshness – it resembles blueberry, blackcurrant and shows mineral notes. Again there is purity of fruit on the palate and a svelte texture, with firm but fine tannins giving structure and length. This has a fine, harmonious style (surprised to see the alcohol degree after the tasting – undetectable blind!). High degree stems from harvesting in October and November. 16.5°, 1.3 gm residual sugar only. From 2017. 6,000 b. 2029-30 JL GB £252/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com  Oct 2014

2011

(casks) quite dark red; blackberry de Dijonliqueur air, the impression of a sweet fruit lozenge – a young, not yet varied bouquet. The palate has a ripe, gourmand, tasty textured run of black berry fruit, a pretty touch of freshness towards the finish, ending clearly. Sound length. Very juvenile, but promising wine. It is nicely full and has a good future. From mid-2015. 15°. 2029-31  Dec 2012

2010

(casks) rather dark robe. Violet-blackberry combination on the nose, as well as a creamy, crème de menthe aspect, all pretty ripe. The palate has a succulent, slight red fruit lozenge start. Its Grenache lies in the front of the mouth, an early expression, before it quietens and runs on texture more than fruit. Mild, supportive, nutty tannins lie within. A touch raw for now, and it also reflects cellar work ahead of vineyard. From 2014. 2032-34 Dec 2011

2009 ()

plum red robe. Red jelly, blackberry first air that involves licorice and a little biscuity vat-like influence. Sweet, round debut to the palate, comes with a raisin-prune flavour. A classic of the now “old school” of Much Power . Rather too sweet and date-like at the end for me, one for the Sweet Tooth Brigade. From 2013. 2028-31. Bottled one week ago. A steep price, too. €42. March 2011

2006

(casks) full, quite dark red; jam, near overripe, sweet, mulled red fruits/raspberry aroma, is very Grenache – a savoury affair, and hard not to like. The palate holds ripe red fruit with a fruit essence at its heart. Comes in a spherical shape, has plenty of immediate red fruit and makes smooth progress along the palate. It is not very fresh, and leans towards some cloy in its feel. The tannins need two years. To 2023-26 Nov 2007

2005

bright black plum; sweet-toned raisin aroma, the black fruit succulent, still has the monochrome of youth, without shade or nuance. While it gently curved, the aroma has some snappy black pepper in it. Squeezy, juicy black fruit leads the palate – it flows easily, could be drunk now, so fleshy and open is it. There is real good sweet appeal here for now, a very correct wine. Has absorbed that early oaking. It may close down in 2009, and then need to be left until 2011. Fine, coherent, pretty wine that could have more local punch and wildness, but it is from the southern zone. 15°. 2026-29 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 **** quite a dark, bright robe; Springy, wild red fruits aroma, a little marzipan alongside. Live, directed flavour, young, thrusting and full of energy. Tannins are ripe, oak needs 3 years, so leave till 2010. Really strong oaking here – woah (ref Milou in Tintin). 2024-27 Nov 2006

2003

the red is quite full, matt in tone. Has a classic 2003 vintage nose – soaked red cherries, cherry liqueur, floral scenting, with some nuttiness behind, even some almond paste. There is a definitely rich start to the palate that holds some lissom appeal. The texture is a winner, and Grenache has a big say in it. It ends on an oaked-nutted note, the richness still just evident. Allow until 2010 for the oak to settle and a more complete integration. This has good quality fruit. 14°. 2022-24 June 2008