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100% Grenache from sand, galet covered mixed soils on La Croze (W), destemmed, 4-5 week vinification at 26°C inc 3 week maceration, twice daily cap punchings, pumping overs, aged concrete vat 12+ months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2009, 5-9,000 b

2018 ()

(concrete vat) mainly full red colour; the nose has a woodsy air, brewed black fruits with pine, tar and a damp, slightly mineral presence. It’s a vigorous start. The palate is just getting going, is a loose bundle of red fruit with keen, crisp tannin and not much fusion as yet. There are burnt notes on the aftertaste. The fruit has some kick, so time is needed all round: it has a cool vintage profile. From 2023. 2039-41 Oct 2019

2017

(concrete vat, bottling June 2019) healthy dark red. The bouquet engages well, offers generous plum fruit with bright spicing, notes of menthol, coffee. The palate is well coated with dark, rolling, smoky black fruit matter, the attack serving it well into its closing moments. There are black olives touches on the finish. This is genuine, balanced, stylish, whole hearted, without excess, shows terroir. 14.5°. 5,000 b. 100% Grenache. €35.50. From 2022. 2040-42 Oct 2018

2012 ()

ruby-tinted red robe. The bouquet is softening, is into its stride, has a likeable mix of sweet spice, cinnamon, clove, with an aroma of crushed strawberries, liqueur style fruit. The palate works well on its smooth texture, has a rolling richness, inner depth. The finish is on notes of dates, black raisins, a sun-filled concentration. The aftertaste is a little parched as the gras tones down, but à table with a beef stew this will be fine. 15°. 2025-26 Mar 2018 Previously Nov 2013 *** (vat, bottling Jan 2014) steady red robe; coated, rather rich aroma – airs of spices, notably dates, cold Indian tea, with hints of black raisin, fig. The palate presents a brewed, insistent soaked fruits with sous-bois, musky woods instincts, a North African spicing. It ends on mocha, rich prune notes, more spicing thanks to cinnamon and clove notes. It is a little dry as the “fruit” backs off. Curious, since it is almost a little old before its time, but also has weight for the future. From spring 2015. 15°. €35 – a high price. 8,000 b. €49, high. 2023-25  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(vat) plum robe, matt hue, legs. Strawberry jam, sweet red fruit lozenge air on the nose, some baked herbs below – authentic garrigue. The palate holds fat, mature fruit on the attack. It picks up a small pocket of late tannin. Not an especially fresh wine on this showing, its fruit is droopy, mature and a little alcoholic. There are vegetal notes on the exit. From mid-late 2014. 15°. 2021-22  Dec 2012

2010

(casks) shiny, rather dark robe, legs down the glass. Has a bright, almost “high” black cherry air, black fruit jam or jelly here which demonstrates its sweetness, as well as giving off farmyard and animal aromas, also cold tea. There is also high fruit on the palate – sunk into a juiced, fleshy content. It ends on black jam or paste notes, along with tea leaves and menthol-licorice, a greater mineral leaning. A fat, plump wine designed for Prestige status. The tannins are pretty ripe. Its power moves it along the palate, and there is some heat on the finish. The aftertaste is smoky. Wait for this, to allow its man-made push to ease. From 2015-16. €32 at the domaine. 2030-31 Dec 2011

2009 No Rating

2 bottles tasted blind, neither right: bottle 1: dark red; sweaty, bad eggs, very high smell on nose, I can go no further. Bottle 2: subdued, flat nose, lacks lift. The palate is also low on bright qualities, crumbles as it goes and has a raisin-oak taste. Confused wine, poor for Châteauneuf. 15°. €29. Sept 2011