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75-85% Grenache, 15-25% Syrah from galet stone covered sandy soils on Les Cassanets (N-E), hand harvested, since 2017-18 about one week earlier harvesting in search of more freshness, less power, part destemmed, tronconic oak vat-vinified, daily pumping overs, cap punching, Grenache aged large barrel, 5-6 year 600-litre oak casks, Syrah new-1-year 600-litre oak casks (until mid-2010s 228-litre oak casks also used) 15-17 months, 10% (Grenache & Syrah together) raised in 600-litre Terracotta jars, filtered, first wine 1999, organic wine, 3,200-10-12,000 b

2018

(barrel/casks/amphora) nicely dark red; the bouquet is upfront, on black cherry fruit, licorice, has a simple ease in it. The palate serves a wavy run of black stone fruits, has a relative delicacy. It’s slightly pared back, not quite New Wave, as they seek less extreme ripeness in the harvest, one week earlier harvesting. It ends with a little vegetal freshness. The heart and fruit at its centre are assured. It’s elegant Châteauneuf.  80% Gren, down from 85% this year. 4,500 b. 14.6°. From 2023. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017

dark red; the bouquet is inky, broad, on a jumble of black berry fruits, prune, with a hint of salt, licorice. The palate is compact, has inner strength, builds a concerted delivery of black stone fruit along the second half. It has a flourishing finish, all corners covered, sets out its stall well there. There is glow on the aftertaste. The tannins have thickness, aren’t too dry. 14.5°. From 2023, decant it. 2042-44 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 ****(*) (90% casks/10% terracotta jar, bottling March 2019) full red robe. The bouquet has a trim aroma of black fruit, a note of prune, sweet herbs present. The palate runs with serenity, holds shapely content with the juice pure and attractive on the closing stages. This engages well, the link between nose and palate is close, and it will sing well from a large glass. It develops well along the palate, has a sense of class in its delivery. 15°. 6,200 b. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. €50. From 2022. 2041-43 Oct 2018

2016 ()

full, dark red; the bouquet is a large affair, centres on beef stock, oxtail, has a thorough savoury filling, a couch of stewed black fruits below the top notes. There are hints of damp woods. It’s quite a collection of influences. The palate is weighted, rolling, takes a stately course, carries an ample filling of black stone fruits, prune with a hint of date. It’s digging in rather than emerging at present, amplifying and concentrating, so leave until 2023 or so, and decant. There are notes of buffed leather, iodine, blueberry on the quietly complex finish. 15°. 2046-49 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2017 ****(*) (large barrel/casks) thick dark red robe. The bouquet rests on soaked fruits, blackberry and cassis, a lower note of raspberry, a little menthol, lead pencil, in tune with its quartz soils. The palate bears a good essence of black berries such as loganberry, runs with purpose into a lip-smacking close, where there is tasty raspberry fruit. This works well on its fresh finish. 15°. From 2020-21. 2039-43 Oct 2017

2015

(large barrel/casks) shiny red robe. The bouquet gives an air of loganberry, mulberry, has a reserved stance for now. There is an underlay of baking from the hot summer moments. The palate picks up on the baking, via compressed juice eking out from thick content. The finish is close-knit, grounded. This is hot rays wine, for decanting, and autumn-winter drinking. It finishes with relative coolness. 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah. From 2020. 2036-39 Sept 2016 GB £455 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203  478 7376

2014 ()

(large barrel/casks) pure red robe. Has a clear, direct nose led by strawberry fruit, a low-key sweetness underpinning it. It is pretty true to its place, can step up on variety over time. The palate is expressive, gives a raspberry fruit flavour with a mingle of herbes de Provence. Lucid Grenache-inspired Châteauneuf, has STGT qualities, and its juice lingers well on the finish. €45. From 2018. 2030-32 £432 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk GB £165/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) medium to full colour. Plum and red berry aroma on the nose. There are both sweetness and volume on the attack. Has a seductively suave texture, suggests old vine concentration as there is plenty of depth. It is understated, but the palate really pleases. Good, long, ripe tannins show on the finish. Lovely balance of power and finesse. From 2017.  Tiny crop, just 3,200 b. 2028-30 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

(large barrel/casks, bottling April 2014) mild red, typical Grenache colour; The bouquet has an inner strength, comes with flint, rocky outcrops, interesting mystery, potential. The palate centres on fluid, liquid fruit, a rolling coulis with attitude, depth. It builds some power and grounding as it ends. This is very good; it has a well-judged fullness. I like the complete range on the finish. There is a wee note of oak. It will do well. From late 2016. 15.5°. 10,752 b this year. £400 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2033-35  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) quite dark red, legs. The nose comes forward nicely, offers red cherry fruit, dusty garrigue herbs, has the potential to vary well. The red fruit is modern in style. The palate starts on smoky red fruit, takes on a little density at the finish. There is acidity in the fruit on the attack, a fresh note outside it. It ends cleanly. Skilful, modern wine that will be in tune around 2016. 15.5°. 2030-32  Dec 2012

2010

(casks) dark colour. Has an inky, smoky aroma – there is a chocolate fullness here. The fruit resembles dark berries, prune, polished black leather. Plenty to come over time – this will be engaging. Has a meaty, prune with black fruits flavour, and a good line-up of tannins after half way – there is potential for generosity here. The fruit runs truly all the way, has quality. Helpful acidity keeps it fresh on the finish. The length is good – it keeps its fine richness throughout. From mid-2014. 2033-36 Dec 2011

2007

(casks) full, shiny dark red; has a very polished, somewhat airy aroma – the modern school of winemaking, the gourmand seekers’ benefit. Soaked cherries or griottes are in the driving seat, and there are oak fringes. The palate has a soft start, with cautious red fruit in it. It lengthens a little, but doesn't quite deliver depth for now. Some shady tannins and oak say please leave until 2011. 2027-30 Nov 2008

2006 ()

(casks) pretty full robe with a dark top. Compact, black fruits aroma, soaked black cherries, mature and ripe, wide and full. Expressive, cleanly struck fruit on the palate with a good collection of tannin late on. From 2010, but is very orderly, is harmonious and can be drunk earlier if required. There is a good little cool thread in it, from the non-Grenache elements (tasted blind). A fine wine, that is very appealing for non-Rhône drinkers – can bridge the gap. Persists fully. 2025-27 Nov 2007

2005

(pre-bottle) full, ebullient nose – latent black fruits with promising richness. Big scale palate – grows and intensifies as it goes, shows black fruit with some herb/violet touches. Lengthens OK, handles the oak well. Masculine, tight wine with a clean finale. Well charged, good richness, its elements are in synchronisation. 2026-29 Nov 2006

2004

full, pretty dark robe; promising, knit bouquet – black fruits with an elegant underlay, also laurel and vanilla. Stylishly rich throughout on the palate, with a pebbly finale from the oak and the tannins. Cool thread through the fruit, oak crops up on the finish. From late 2009. 2023-25 Nov 2006 Previously Oct 2006, London **** heated, meaty and garrigue bouquet, the alcohol is a touch outside it. Big shape of wine – soft and fleshy with plenty of content in the modern style, backed by oak. Length is good. Some herbal flanks, is a power wine that sustains well, and best from 2009. 2021-23 Oct 2006

2003 ()

red robe; mulberry, ripely fruited aroma with a nutty, nougat edging, varnish and some alcohol. There is fungal touch in the red fruit on the palate, so decant this. It is beefy and tightly compact. The tannins are still evident, the finish a bit dry. A muscled wine that is potent, and carries the risk of the alcohol detaching as it ages, which holds back its rating. From 2008. 12,000 b. 2021-23  Nov 2006

2002 No Rating

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