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50-70% Grenache (early 1980s-early 1990s), 30-50% Syrah (early 1980s-early 1990s) from galet stone, clay-siliceous soils, machine harvested, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification at 25°C, daily part vat emptying/refillings, pumping overs, steel vat raised 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with Mediterranean cuisine, sauced dishes, game, stews”, 60-70,000 b

2016 ()

(vat) dark red colour. Brewed black fruits with a sweet centre show on the nose, a drift of licorice, nuttiness-roast nuts, a bit of reduction. It could be clarified post-bottling, since it needs a little tidying up. The palate gives the usual cool fruit of Valréas, and runs with purpose and good continuity, the fruit tasty and rounded. There are mild tannins well within. It’s not far off ready, a wine singing a tune early on. There is a wholesome quality to the flavour, which stands well on its own, without food. It has stealthy length, black olives on the aftertaste. From spring 2018 to bring the strands together. 14°. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. 2021-22 Aug 2017

2014

mild red robe. The nose is savoury, round, nicely warm: it gives an aroma of red berries that have been simmered. The palate serves a spiced, grainy, fluid red fruit trio; it drinks well now, the fruit on the go. It has a little extra coating of depth as it finishes. Easy, enjoyable. 14°. €5.95. 65,000 b. To 2017. Jun 2015  

2010

quite full red. Plum, stewed fruits aroma – the nose is approachable, has a strawberry, raspberry fruit centre, comes with a hint of vanilla. The palate’s spiced Grenache is plump, then slowed down by firm, bosky woods tannins that are both crisp and grainy, bringing a smoky aftertaste. Unfinished business here, with a typical dose of Valréas austerity, markedly so. Decant, wait for this. 15°. From 2014. 2019-20  Oct 2012