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50-60% Grenache, 40-50% Cinsault (both 1960s) from sandy soils on Janasse, Tardine, Favier at Courthézon, destemmed, 10 day vinification at 26°C (down from 5 week vinification inc 3 week maceration in early 2010s), twice daily cap punchings, pumping overs, aged concrete vat 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2009 (oak raised), organic wine, 7,500-8,500 b

2016

sound red robe; crushed black cherries with a note of tar intensity show on the nose. There is a sultry, rather meaty underlay, indicating ripe strength. There is a note of spice, too. The palate rocks along well, delivers tasty, in the moment, lively dark fruits, a mixed bag of blackberry and raspberry. This is jolly wine with plenty of depth, so drink à table over solo – steaks, grills. It ends on tannins that are lightly powdered, and contribute their own upbeat appeal. The juiciness is most appealing here – it’s way to go Côtes red, yum yum. w.o.w. wine in the glass. The discretion of the Cinsault undoubtedly aids its style and freshness. 14.5°. 2020-21 June 2017

2014 ()

(vat, bottling Dec 2015) plum red robe, matt more than bright. Has a mild black berry, bosky aroma, a sense of woods. The palate is direct, straight out and showing a wiry line of fruit, the acidity evident. The finish is peppery, comes with cut. Angular for now: best to leave it until mid-2016 and hope for more ensemble. 14°. 60% Gren, 40% Cins. 8,500 b. €10.30. 2018-19  Oct 2015 

2010

dark red; subdued, lightly sweet aroma that doesn`t quite get through the barrier, doesn`t break out, has red cherry jam within. The palate is juicy and openly generous; it drinks well now, with fun. Its fruit has a nice smoky and spiced interior. It gains density in its later stages, without feeling forced. Attractive length here. Good balance. 14.5°. €8.80. Concrete vat raised this year. To 2016. Feb 2012

2009 ()

red colour with dark patches; has a ripe, red berry fruit air with a seaside, rather sardine-like air – this bouquet is advancing. The palate's red fruits are round and nicely full; it develops a firm line of tannin, ends with certainty, has a smoked, gunflint aftertaste. Since the finish is firm, it merits drinking with food – grilled foods, sausages. 15°. €8.80. Raised 16 months in 600-litre oak casks this first year. To 2015. Feb 2012 Previously Oct 2010 **(*) modest red robe, with a matt leaning. The nose is hesitant, shows a little baked fruit, red cherry fruit tart, along with vanilla. The palate dives in on a biscuity cherry flavour, ends in a similar way. There is sound Grenache juice within, comes with pockets of power. Good with stews, full flavoured foods, esp from late 2011. 2014-15 Oct 2010 €8.50