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The Wines

98% Grenache (1960s and older), 2% Vaccarèse, Counoise, Mourvèdre from 3 small plots in the Rayas woods, grapes from here are often blue-violet, whole bunch fermentation, wild yeasts, 3 week vinification, cap punchings by foot only, aged large 12-15 hl barrel 18 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2012, 1,400 b & 100 magnums

2016 ()

(barrel) very dark colour, no chinks of light. The nose has the concentration of ripe Grenache fruit, so there is a prune, soaked mulberry intensity, a lining of inner sweetness. The palate continues in the same vein, has a weighty, insistent nature via a thick coating of dark content with the outer edges on some grain tannin. This has a big, deep heart, with mystery in its depth. It handles its power well, but will be a wine for a few sips and a winter’s evening. It will become varied and more and more interesting the longer it is kept. The aftertaste is prolonged, and has a little welcome saline presence. 15°. From 2022. 2036-39 Nov 2017

2012 ()

(barrel) even red, bright colour; this has great purity of aroma, shows a little pebble dust, a clear red cherry, a nose with good spring in its step. The palate has a broad debut, a gradual spread across it; has depth, with not much light in its fabric. The weight across the second half of the palate is good, hangs in well. Manly wine, but well-shaped, serious and clear-cut. A proper, interesting Châteauneuf-du-Pape with genuine persistence. High rank 2012. The finale shows dentelle, near menthol, toothsome qualities. It handles its alcohol well, is 15.3°. From 2017, say. “It’s very clear-cut; I like the harmony between the structure and the clarity of the fruit and its length,” Yannick Féraud. 2028-30  Oct 2013