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70-95% Grenache (1960s), 5-30% Syrah (1960s-mid-1980s), 50% from own vineyards at Domaine du Grand Prébois, Vaucluse, clay-limestone, galet stones), 20-30% from Vinsobres (mostly Syrah, own vineyard), 20% from Saint-Gervais (Gard, right bank, Grenache-Syrah) whole bunch use, flash heated crop, 10 day vinification, Syrah cap punched, aged 70% steel vat (Grenache), 30% large oak fermenting barrel 8 months, fined, filtered, organic wine, 40,000 b

2018 ()

dark red; the bouquet has a good, lucid quality, a strike of iodine freshness above a layer of mulberry, loganberry fruit. It has a ripe curve to it, is pleasing. The palate holds soft, nicely layered content, is full of brambly fruit with a bonny sweetness towards the finish. It’s a good drinking wine, ideal with roast lamb and rosemary, since there are hints of garrigue herbs in it. 2025-26 Oct 2019

2017

dark robe, black-tinted; cassis on roller skates on the nose, cassis de Dijon Boudier - it fills the glass, has some vintage warmth around it. The palate lines up a good offering of ample berry fruit, wavy tannins attached, and there’s good definition; it finishes with polish. The fruit has an engaging succulence. This is silky and sunny, will please thanks to those virtues. The black fruit juice lingers nicely, too. From mid-2019. 2026-27 Oct 2018

2016 ()

dark red. The nose is varied, has airs of buffed leather, blackcurrant, blueberry, a note of iodine. The palate runs with agile content, wavy black fruits with pebbly grain tannins on the scene after the mid-point. This has a naked, natural quality, as it should, and will take a little time to fuse. The finish is juicy and nourishing, even with the tannins, and there is a touch of garrigue there. From mid-2018. 2023-24 Oct 2017

2013 ()

healthy dark red. The bouquet is stylish, curvy, and well filled with raspberry fruit, a serenely close-knit packing. The palate offers red berry fruit with a touch of liqueur about it; it accentuates a steady Grenache depth and style. The finish is closed, crunched up, a little dry for now, but well prolonged. This is a serious Côtes red, with the capacity to go well with roast lamb and rosemary, for instance. Time will coax out more declaration. 14°. From spring 2017. 2023-25  Oct 2015

2012 ()

medium red robe. A smoky air lies on top of a prune sweetness and a little dark red berry on the nose. It is perhaps in a lull now, between all youth and maturity. This drinks well, holds enjoyable red berry fruit with some kick and a sprinkle of spice and herbs. It finishes clearly, adds an invitation to another glass. Has good local character, comes with a breeze of freshness and the imprint of the garrigue. STGT wine. 13°. To 2019 Nov 2015

2011 ()

(bottling in six weeks) mild, mainly Grenache red robe, a bit downbeat in hue. Honeyed, wood smoke, nicely fat plum and raspberry jam air with a mild, soft herbs, linden and thyme seasoning, a touch of nutty grilling. The palate texture is oily, agreeable, with a swirl and swish of elegant fruit that is discreet, not showy, and which provokes interest. Good fruit, quiet class, the feel of a handmade wine here. Light touch, good wine. Its length is notable – there has been no forcing to achieve that, and it leaves its red fruit trailing with good grip. 14°. 2018-19  Oct 2012

2010

modest red robe; has a lightly sweet black berry air that shows evolution, has baked notes in it. The palate starts on pepper, is rather old school without the flesh of wines that is habitual these days. It seems light, for drinking now, can be drunk on its own. 14°. To 2015. April 2012

2009

attractive, bright robe. Bouncy, cherry fruit aroma that is very fine, shows some brioche, baked bread in behind – this is a clear and inviting start. Really good, squeezy, clear fruit on the palate – black cherries again, with a fine line of tannin, a good dark spine. Really delightful fruit here – juicy and beckoning, supported by fine tannins at the end. Great charm, a precise and fine wine. I reckon it is very good value. 2018-19 June 2010