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The Wines

70-85% Grenache, 15-30% Syrah from galet stone sandy soils on La Janasse (N-E), Les Bédines (N-E), destemmed, 4 week vinification at up to 28°C, part vat emptying/refillings, daily pumping overs, cap punching, steel vat raised 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, domaine is owned by Mireille & Jean Reynaud, 15,000 b

2012 ()

(bottling next month, Jan 2014) fair red; mulled red fruits aroma, a high note to them, with some sweaty saddle, a certain feral intensity. The palate has a malic acidity angle, is Unfinished Biz. It is centred on dark fruit, but its acidity moves around, and it lacks a central HQ of focus. It does have Châteauneuf fat at its core, the shape spherical. It thins towards the finish. Not all as one. From mid-2015. 2021-22  Nov 2013

2011

(bottling next month, Jan 2013) shiny, mid-depth red. The nose isn’t open but has definite potential – it suggests a good mix of Grenache plum fruit, red meat, light pepper. It has depth, and holds up well. The palate has a food, solid start, plenty of vigorous, supple-textured raspberry fruit. The problem is the finish, which is sudden and square, and the fact that the Grenache expression is a bit forced in the cellar. Otherwise this would be rated more highly, given that it has life and local character. The tannins fit in well. 14.5°, €15.50. From 2014. 70% G, 30% Syr this year. 2023-24  Dec 2012

2010

sound red robe; waxen, lateral air across the bouquet with a slightly pumped nature – shows its lees and is a bit on stems. The palate shows a scaled wine, with modern sleekness of fruit, cellar work and chocolate all in the mix. It is in No Mans Land for now regarding its identity. From 2016. I reckon it has gras richness and can be more local, which it is not now. 2024-26 Dec 2011

2008 ()

(vat) fragile red robe. Pepper front rank aroma, poivron, loose Grenache red fruit behind, a little depth and herbal presence. Simple red fruit lead on the palate, a sweet notion about it. Lacks crispness joy. Tannins dusty, sign off is rather scorched. From 2011. 2015-16 Nov 2009

2007 ()

(vat) pale red. Smoky, edgy red fruit nose, has a high cherry, medicine air, cassis and raspberry liqueur. Full and notably ripe on the palate. It tightens towards the point of tautness towards the finish. A cellar-worked wine. Balance and general assembly line approach are questionable. From 2011. 2017-19 Nov 2009

2005

(pre-bottle) dark cherry, plum colour. Sleek, clear fruit on bouquet, there is a little brewed coffee, red fruits and some game. Clear cut, bonny fruit on attack. Ripe, well presented tannins give good shape and structure. Good balance. The fruit overall is savoury, and holds good Grenache depth. Ample and rich, aromatic wine with good clarity. Easy to appreciate. 2022-26 Nov 2006

2004 ()

(vat) mild red; has something of a classic Châteauneuf aroma that combines herbs, red fruit, some meatiness; it also has the clarity of the vintage. The palate starts in rather a dusty way, has a fair fruit interior, based on red fruit, Grenache flavours. A sinewed aspect emerges along the palate. The tannins are dry towards the finish. It requires exact timing , say 2008, to get its matter and tannins together. I find it fragile, and there is also a sense of alcohol. 2010-11  Nov 2006