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80-90% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, from a 0.9 hectare sandy plot L’Argné below the village, mostly Grenache 1890-1910, part destemmed, 2 week vinification in tronconic oak vats (new in 2010), manual cap punching only action, vertical press used, aged large 40-45 hl oak barrels (new in 2011) 12-15 months, egg white fined, can be filtered, 6-10,000 b


(barrel) dark red colour; the bouquet broods, is reduced, has an animal note, a hint of violet, so opposites attract, shows menthol also. The fruit is black berry, quite finely tuned. It’s going to vary well over time. The palate bears compact content, with a trim loosening after half way, picks up slightly rocky tannins that add freshness. It’s clear, authentic, on the aftertaste. It’s intricate, and potentially interesting. From 2023. 2042-44 Oct 2019


full up, dark red robe. The bouquet has a pitchy nature, is smoky, rammed full of black berry fruit that goes long, and long again, is really persistent. There is a cool note to the fruit. It’s in a quiet phase. The palate bears pedigree content, has a meaty, rootsy aspect, is firmly planted with wide, sustained matter towards the finish, juice eking its way out of a firm frame there. This is a Gigondas of strength, real intensity, one for the long haul – start to drink from 2023-24, and decant it. It’s complex, multi prompted wine, rewards study. 15°. 2044-46 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 ***** (barrel) dark red, black centre. The bouquet bears latent strength in its close-knit black fruits, blackberry, is very young indeed. The palate bears tasty, fluid gras richness with silk in the delivery, a real caress as it finishes. This is about timeless vines and feathery touches, nothing showing in a hurry. The richness has great style. It edges the 2017 Vieilles Vignes on class, quality of tannins. From 2022-23. 2041-43 Oct 2018


(barrels) dark red, a deep robe. Blackberry fruit leads the nose with notes of violet, sweetness. It’s nice and relaxed, has a plump depth, offers plum fruit. This is stylish – the palate is well integrated between soft and complex gras richness and flexible tannins, all in a rounded curve, with coating, texture, harmony from old vines. It’s genuine, is detailed on the finish -  a burst of fine Grenache fruit there. This is quietly complex, is a winner. It extends very well, all in harmony. From 2021. 2036-38 Oct 2017 GB £145 6 b i/b https://www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk/jsp/content.jsp?pg=rhone16

2015 ()

(barrels) full, dark robe, very dense it is. The bouquet resembles a slug of blackberry jelly, is well ripened, and at base sturdy. The palate issues immediate, copious juice with a savoury persistence. It’s broad, fluid, highly enjoyable. The tannins have a fresh, bright insistence, and really work well in giving the wine an added dimension. It’s running on the up as it finishes. Very long, and a long and handsome road lies ahead. From 2020. 2035-38 Sept 2016 

2014 ()

very dark and shiny robe. This is a stop and think nose – it has a beguiling savoury quality, gives an air of finely coated black fruits, black olives, a hint of pepper; it has the assurance of old vine fruit and their sap, that lissom pedigree. The palate sequels well from the nose via stylish, wavy black fruits and snug tannins. This is a real winner. It’s a polished, refined Gigondas with ample content coming in a spherical shape. It lurks with power, but the fleshy cladding of the palate largely takes care of that. Decanting a wise idea. 15°. From mid-2019. 2034-37 Sept 2016 Previously Oct 2015 ***** (barrels) dark red. The nose is classy – there is an elegant, well sustained red berry aroma, with bright sun and floral notes in it. There is a hint of the garrigue. The palate flows with style, holds delightful full fruit and goes long, with no false steps. This is top grade Gigondas. It has a genuine depth, a pure presentation as well, and is complex. Voilà. From 2020. 2034-36 GB £120/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015


dark red robe. The bouquet breathes for now understated depth, a sign of its pedigree. It has an inner air of prune, compact black berry, and a note of freshness. The palate is close-knit but shapely, and runs with true resolve, its red fruit linked with garrigue herbs. The aftertaste is nutty, marked by concentrated droplets of juice. This is still in thrall to its raising, and will be moving into contention from 2019. It goes very long. 14.5°. 2032-35  Oct 2015

2012 ()

(barrels) rather dark red, dark plum centre to the robe. There is an oily intensity in the bouquet, deep-set red berries, cherry liqueur with a free, smoky trail. Thyme and spiced pepper also feature. The palate fruits are encased by grippy, earthy tannins for now. Ripeness and alcohol spirit lie in evidence, but there is a potential ensemble to come, just needs time such as 4 to 5 years. There is helpful clarity on the end, but the finish is still jagged, shows dust pebble, and is much more mineral than the 2011. Still very young and not obvious to assess. 2029-31  Oct 2013

2011 ()

shiny, dark robe, legs. A wave of mulled fruit is immediately on show on the bouquet, blackberry with mint and a game, more dark soil depth. This nose is broad and full, obvious, breathes some power and degree. The palate ties in well with the depth of the nose – it bears a good fat, and has enough clarity to keep moving well. Its tannins are marching around inside it. Big wine, aided by the tasty nature of its fruit – blueberry, black fruit lozenges, menthol. Has a lip-smack, tarry aftertaste. It is held back now by its degree and rather disorderly tannins. From spring 2015. 2026-28  Oct 2013  Previously Oct 2012 ****(*) (barrel) healthy dark red. Copious, abundant, semi-sensaround nose – overt oak smoke, blackberry fruit within, and a garrigue couch of herbs and Spartan lands bounty. The palate is wide and persistent, keeping a sustained run all through – the black fruit has violet- smoke, Earl Grey tea touches, is accompanied by black raisin, and it  ends on typical Gigondas freshness. This is geared up to do well, and to impress genuine Rhône lovers, once the oak is inside – the oak is not targeted, since the oak barrels will be ageing year by year from now on (bought new in 2011). It has a broad, continuous, lateral and long finish, which is marked by oak for now. From 2016-17. 2028-29  Oct 2012

2010 ()

(to be bottled May 2012) bright, dark red with some black in it. Interesting nose – fine grain, smoky, is much on its pure red Grenache fruit, shows a little of the garrigue, with summer heat under. Notes of pine on the palate – this is a spinal wine with plenty of flesh around it, rather than the other way round. Hence it is more complex than many. The grip and firmness of the tannins will recede over 6 years or so, but it will show elegance and clarity as it ages: so skip its youth. Go straight to 2017-18. Fine Gigondas, with the good constitution of its heated lands in the 2010 vintage. 2031-33 Nov 2011