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80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, Syrah from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, destemmed, 2 week vinification, daily pumping overs, vat raised 10-12 months, filtered

2017 ()

(vat) red robe, fair depth. The bouquet has a raspberry fruit lead aroma, a sweet, meat stock backdrop. The palate is spiced, bears red berry fruits with some plumpness in the tannins, a savoury presence from them. The finish is quite well juiced, holds up OK. This is low-key, sensible Châteauneuf, can be drunk earlier than many – from 2020. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2007

modest red robe; mid-level, simple and straightforward red fruits aroma, comes with a gentle curve, but lacks real depth. There is a timid red fruit offering on the palate – pleasant but banal. The length is fair. Could be a Côtes du Rhône Villages. Lacks width, depth. 2014-15 Nov 2008

2006

mainly quite a dark red; raisin aroma that is in a primary state, comes with a nutted, pistachio style backdrop. The palate is restrained, starts off enclosed, and is mainstream. There is a little late gras or richness, a extra oiliness in the texture. Raisin aftertaste. Still unformed, does not arrest the attention or the palate. From 2009 mid. 2015-17 Jan 2008

2005

(pre-bottle) soaked, ripe berries aroma with a light underwoods (sous-bois) presence from the ripeness. Grenache is uppermost and brings a plum, Marmite (beef stock) tone. Supple start to palate, an orderly mix of fruit and tannin, until the tannins take over late on. Good core and rich heart to it, and progresses well through the palate - is promising. Some licorice on finish. Carries elegance more than power. 2009 on. 2022-25 Nov 2006

2004

(vat) light red. The nose is upright, gives touches of alcohol and red fruit, is on the go already. The palate is reticent, gives a red fruit attack, passes a sweet moment, then straightens out. Has an acrid thread in it, is a bit sharp. Try in 2008, but won’t be a long liver. To 2011-14  Nov 2006