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85-90% Grenache (1908) from galet stone clay-sandy soils on Pialons (N), (1980) from clay soils on Les Terres Blanches (N), 3-6% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault, 2% Syrah, 2% various, 90% destemmed, 3-4 week steel vat vinification at 26°C, pumping overs, some vat emptying/refilling and manual cap punching, aged 30% new (down from 90% until early 2010s), 70% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks (before early 2010s was 25-30% new, 60-65% 1-2 year oak, 10% vat) 10-12 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2004, 750-2,000 b

2016 No Rating

(casks, bottling March 2018) very dark colour, inky. The bouquet has a leathery angle, dried fruits such as black raisins in residence, with a truffly, dark soil presence. The palate is dense, but a dry surge comes forward too early for comfort, and I am not sure how clean this is. Wait until post bottling. It is uncomfortable on the second half. 90% Gren, 5% Mourv, 2% Cinsault, 1% various, 2% Syr. 2,000 b. €25. Oct 2017

2015 ()

(casks) quite a dark red. The nose is cautious, bears instant oak, has spicing and a sense of prune fruit, dried prunes and dates within. It’s a little rigid. The palate holds cool, dark fruit with accompanying spices, ending with a small flash of gras. It’s a compact affair for now, a wine on the dark rather than sunny side of the street. The aftertaste is a bit tough at present. Decant it. From 2019. 2028-30 Sept 2016

2014

(casks, bottling March 2016) pure, quite transparent red robe. The nose evokes spice and rocks, has a crisp, upright stance, a sense of strawberry fruit, raisin, Grenache inspiration. The palate is also clipped and direct, with chiselled tannins clustering on the finish. There is gras at its centre; this is still unmade, and needs time to assemble its forces. It has the scope to fuse. For now, it is rocky and direct. The length is sustained. 14.5°. 90% Gren, 6% Mourv, 3% various, 1% Syr. 800 b. €28. From 2019. 2030-32  Oct 2015

2013 ()

(casks) deep purple robe. Has a fragrant cherry-fruited nose. The palate is full, round and sound, holds layered fruit matched by firm tannins in behind. It is firmly structured with a slightly chewy finish. It has the fruit, though, and matches power with finesse. 15°. From 2017. Harvested 9 October, 1,500 b. 2028-29 JL Oct 2014

2012

(casks, bottling Jan 2014) rather dark plum red; the nose sets out a garrigue influence, flint, fennel and camomile present in its smoky dark berry fruit, has  an extract of yeast, Marmite, depth as well. The palate is reserved, but the bundle of fruit and tannin works well together. A Grenache-centric wine that holds well juiced plum fruit. There is some late heat – this is terroir-related wine. It picks up a baked, brioche end. It will show well around 2018. 15°. 90% Gren, 5% Mourv, 3% Cins, 2% various, 1,000 b, €22. 2028-29  Nov 2013

2011

dark red, legs. Has a wide, smoky-oak, charcoal aroma with a note of blackberry fruit in the second tier. There are also metal-mineral notes. The palate is weighty on the start, runs with black pastille fruit, leading to chalky tannins at the end. The finish is smoky, assertive, shows a little burn, There is a spot of gras richness at its centre, which is a good sign. The sign-off is very charry. From spring 2015. 14.5°. 2024-25  Dec 2012

2010 ()

the red robe is full, shows some magenta. Prune-blackberry lead fruit air with an underlying sweetness and oiliness, a herbal accompaniment. On Day 2 it is tarry, quite weighty. The palate has a measured, rather soft start, the juice of 2010 is present at its heart, and it gathers a floral float towards the finish. The tannins are fine, the balance good. The flavour dips into a meatiness at half way. Long wine, with potential. The exit is sustained and tarry, and it is very textured. €21. 2027-30 Nov 2011

2006 ()

(vat) red cherry; has an oaked, waxen nose with a little garrigue aroma in it and smoky blackberry. The palate has a pretty rich, prolonged black fruit flavour with some sweet touches. A full wine that hasn`t been overdone in the cellar. Some tannin gradually seeps in – it is well done. There is late power, but it is rich all through to handle that. The wine is open now. A good, unpretentious wine. 2021-22 June 2008

2005 ()

(cask/vat) steady red robe; has a red fruit gum or pastille aroma, with quiet quality about it – it is harmonious and quite prolonged, with the potential for a classic Châteauneuf red fruit-herbal delivery as it ages. The palate holds good quality red fruit, is well-founded and has plenty of expression and length: there is a pepper, sweet-toned display towards the end. From 2010, with some slight concern about its tannins – will they enter fully and completely? 2018-20 Nov 2007