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70% Grenache (1910s-1950s), 20% Syrah (1970s), 8% Mourvèdre (1950s), 2% Counoise from galet stone soils on La Crau (E), whole bunch fermentation, 20-24 day vinification, pumping overs, raised raised 50-80% new large oak barrel/tronconic oak vat, 20-50% steel or concrete vat 18 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2015, organic wine, 3-4,000 b

2017 ()

(large barrel/vat) dark red robe; has a meat stock, savoury aroma backed by a mulled raspberry-mulberry fruit presence. The palate isn’t yet centralised, spreads around with a jam-like fruit presence, lacks a little focus, cut. It has sweet and aromatic  notes, an easy style in the content, needs more late palate presence. This is fair enough, will drink with simplicity. From mid-2020. 2035-36 Oct 2018

2016

(vat) full red robe. The nose is varied and ample, swirls with airs of lamb stock, charcoal, sweet plums, rosemary, licorice. The palate is wide, firm, well collected together, has definite drive and carry, ends on cooked plums, spice. It gives a broad panorama, is a grounded, de la terre Châteauneuf, a true local. There is intricacy within the rumbustious matter, and it’s very long. 15°. From 2021. 2040-43 Oct 2017

2015

(vat) sober, quite full plum red robe. The nose carries an air of sweet, soaked raspberries, some dried herbs such as thyme; it holds up pretty well, lingers. The palate is rich, fluid, has a cooked red fruits, thick coulis, style of flavour, with a tangy set of late tannin. There is a little meatiness in it, a traditional charge. The aftertaste is lip smacking, gummy for now. A grounded, quite forceful wine. 15°. From mid-2019. 2037-40 Sept 2016