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80-90% Grenache (1950-60s), 10-20% Syrah, 5-8% Mourvèdre from galet stone, sandy, clay-limestone soils on La Janasse (N-E), Les Bédines (N-E), destemmed, 3-5 week vinification, daily part vat emptying/refillings, pumping overs, cap punching, 50% concrete vat, 50% steel vat raised 12 months, unfined, filtered, "drink with red meat, mature cheese, game", 100-250,000 b


largely dark red robe. The bouquet is brewed up, on liqueur plum fruit, raspberry, a slight note of dryness within. The palate gives a southern picture of mixed herbs and cooked Grenache plum fruit, spicing towards the finish, which is on the chewy, still untamed side. It has a savoury nature, with its inherent power threading through it, but not obvious. This is tasty, wholesome. Decanting advised. 15.3°. 100,000 b. 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv. Bottled Sept 2018. €15.40. From late-2020. 2036-39 Oct 2018


(vat) dark red. There is a quiet aroma of red berry fruit with a sweet centre on the nose, a hint of dried raisin in the background, a sign of the dry conditions this year. The palate bears red fruits with a slightly nervous energy in them, the acidity not truly integrated. It may have been adjusted. The finish brings in pebbly tannins still on the outside. The aftertaste rests on mulled red fruits that are a little “cloudy”. 15°. 100,000 b. 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv. €14.90. Leave until late 2019. 2033-35 Oct 2017

2015 ()

red robe. The nose is developing, gives a red fruited aroma with more openness on the agenda. A light air of brioche, baked bread sits behind. The palate expresses juicy red fruit with a tang in the tannins, and some late spark from them. It will provide juicy drinking from 2018, is a wine more on the instant than about potential. Bottled already. 14.5°. 2028-30  Sept 2016


mild plum red robe. This has a typical 2014 aroma of lightly sweet red berry fruit, a joli plump ball of coulis fruit at its centre. The palate is also soft, plump, quietly stylish, and easy to drink. There is a slight “high” note to the red fruits. The tannins are well absorbed. 14°. Early wine – from mid 2016. 2024-25  Oct 2015 


dark red; wide horizon, open and running fruit on the nose, an appealing combo of raspberry and blackberry with sweet frontiers; some light herbs also. The palate offers engaging, immediate fruit with some rounded finesse that Châteauneuf should have. Early style, upfront wine with no difficulties posed, its tannins fitting in well. It is modern, a bit clinical, arm’s length, though. From 2015. 15°. 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv. €13.95. 2025-27  Nov 2013


the robe is lightening at its top. Cocoa, pine-bosky air with a note of coconut, an oily aspect. This is sturdy, cellar-accentuated wine, low on charm from its relative extraction. It ends on coffee-cocoa, a tangle of roughish tannins. From late 2014. 15°. 2021-23  Dec 2012


middle level red; waxen, polish air with “shiny” red fruit, red jelly and a delicate sprinkle of herbs and dust. The palate has a reserve of potential, but for now is more steely than obvious or fat. It shows quiet grip; the tannins are somewhat cutting, but never out on their own thanks to a fine thread of red fruit attached. It is not showing great gras now, but can slowly improve. From 2014. Well priced at €12.90 at the cellars. 80% G, 10% Syr, 10% M this year. 2027-29 Dec 2011

2008 ()

(vat) light red robe. Simple, sweet red fruit aroma, small amount of content. Very Grenache style palate, but the Grenache is fragile, temporary. Offers red jam that is never truly fleshy. Dry touches at the end. Modest wine – has the pepper of 2008, but not up to Châteauneuf status. From 2011. To 2014. Nov 2009


Bottle 1: red with matt in the hue. Red berry, rather fuzzy bouquet, as if re-fermentation ins in the air, palate is flat. Bottle 2: flat, stewed fruits nose. Sweet, gummy palate whose fruit lacks cut, labours along. Just about at Châteauneuf level, probably destined for hypermarkets (tasted blind). But there are many better Villages wines. To 2014. Nov 2009