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50-70% Grenache, 30-50% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone , sandy soils on La Croze (W), La Gardiole (N-E), Les Cassanets, 5 week vinification inc 3 week maceration, twice daily cap punchings, pumping overs, aged new large barrel 18 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2009, 5-9,000 b


(large barrel, bottling Dec 2019) sturdy dark red; the nose has a concerted aroma of blackberry, a thick density, isn’t revealing much variety as yet. The palate is well formed around bustling black fruit, prune style content, with darkness in the tannins, an addition of layering from them. It ends with a wholesome show of togetherness. From 2023. Decant it. 2043-45 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(large barrel. Bottling Dec 2019) full red robe; the nose offers neatly sweet red berry fruit, raspberry with a hint of strawberry, has a gentle, slightly floral charm. The palate holds wavy content, rolls along with a steady hand out, accumulates a little pebbly tannin that changes the texture as it finishes. The second half is quiet. This is absolutely straight down the line, unpretentious Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with local implications. The finish is pebbly, grainy for now, and has a cigarette ash-like presence, so leave until 2022. 15°. 5,000 b. 70% Gren, 30% Mourv. €41.50. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2012 ()

red robe with ruby tints. The nose is sweetly spiced, with a cooked plums, nice assured softness about it. It’s a calm start. The palate is overtly spiced, bears a neat richness; this is an orb of a wine that still carries the toffee of its oaking in the flavour, with the texture rendered gummy from the oak. There is a discreet thread of floral raspberry fruit through it, which pleases. 15°. 2025-26 Mar 2018 Previously Nov 2013 *** (large barrel, bottling May 2014) dark robe; mulled, simmered blackberry fruit aroma that forms the heart of the nose. Soaked fruits feature in this pretty heavyweight aroma. The palate holds a liqueur, spiced black fruit, near date, fruiting in style, has a savoury sweet note but isn’t overweighty. It develops a firm grip inside its gras as it ends, so has ways to go. The aftertaste shows chocolate, with a plump black raisin and spicing. It is tight and tenacious for now. From mid-2016. 15°. 70% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre. 7,000 b. 2025-26  Nov 2013


quite dark plum red. Reserved nose here – some red fruit, raspberry detectable, has a little fat, a coil of smoke in it. The palate starts on plum red fruit, has a knot of tannin alongside and at the end, which is chunky, pebbly, fired up. There is a hover of heat here – it is a hot stones wine, heat bouncing out of it. 15°. From spring 2015. 2025-27  Dec 2012


(barrel) bright, shiny, quite dark red. Blackberry-licorice first air, smoke from its oak, and weight in it thanks to gravy and meat stock notes. The palate starts decisively, led by black fruits that have cut and chiselled tannins attached. Indeed, the tannins are of a high quality, real contributors to the wellbeing and freshness. Good length, good balance. Attractive and accomplished vineyard and cellar work here. Its oak is well founded and its natural abundance is what prevails – I find elegance and dark content hand in hand. From 2015. €45 at the domaine, highly priced. 2033-35 Dec 2011