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The Wines

80-90% Grenache (1950-51), 5-10% Syrah, 5-10% Counoise, Mourvèdre, Carignan, various from sandy soils of Caillou & Les Garrigues, hand harvested, 80% destemmed, 3-4 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, mainly concrete vat, partly large barrel-raised 3-5 months (until mid-2000s was 12 months), filtered, since 2017 is 50% own wine, 50% purchased wine, 39-50,000 b

2018 ()

steady red robe; the nose rests on sweet herbs, black cherries, is upbeat and local in nature. The palate has a bracing, direct style, bears lively fruit with rocky textures towards the grainy finish. It has verve, and drinks with something of a flourish, right in the picture for grilled foods. There’s a note of its black berry fruit on the aftertaste. Marks for drinkability here. Bottled Jan 2019. €10. 14°. 2023-24 Oct 2019

2017

plum red robe; brewed beef stock aroma, rather funky opening on the nose. There’s a touch of the farmyard. The palate bears compact red-fruit content, lacks charm, needs air to loosen it. It’s very compressed, dour even, has those damned dry tannins of the vintage. Its best setting is with stews. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 7% Mourv, 3% Cari. 20% whole bunch. 2024-25 Oct 2019

2016 ()

clear red robe. The bouquet breathes inner power, is fronted by black cherry-blackberry with a ripe sweetness within. It has a shiny, young appeal. The palate is based on fat content, is plump, with the style of a sand wine through its suave texture and Grenache gras-fat. Black cherries and some violet feature in the flavour. The juice reaches out quite widely, the length good. It’s rather stuck between the zippy fruit style for solo/easy drinking, and the structured style for some cellaring, and the table. It’s ready now. Drink with magret of duck – duck breast – Osso Bucco. 14.5°. 2021-22 Sept 2017

2014 ()

clear red robe. The curvy nose gives a swirl of raspberry fruit, a mulled  or liqueur aspect to it. This is also red fruited on the palate, the fruit supple and free; the tannins add a low key crunchiness and a more garrigue outcrops, dusted presence near the finish. Grenache in true, pretty pure expression here. Has good length. 14°. 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv. 39,000 b. Bottled Feb 2015. €10. 2019-20  Oct 2015

2012 ()

comfortable depth in the red. Has a mulled cherry air, attractive strawberry with it. The palate has a supple, easy textured debut, rolls along on a good fruit surf, a red fruit Grenache roundness. It ends in harmony with a light sweet herbs, rosemary perfume present. Local feel, sound depth, and charm here. Good with Spaghetti Bolognese, veal. 14.5°. 90% Gren, 5% Syr, 3% Mour, 2% Counoise, 42,600 b, €4.50 export. To 2018  Oct 2013

2011 ()

dark robe, a bit sombre. Smoke, licorice, airs of hung meat, small black fruits, licorice in the nose, which is rounded. The palate is also led by black fruits that move along through the palate, take on some depth and pebbly tannin towards the finish. Not a lot of “serious” matter below the first impact, so drink now to 2014. The length is nice. It is 15° plus, though, so is not a real quaffing wine – food best. Feb 2012

2005

(pre-bottle) full, coated aroma of sleek black fruit. Tight-knit palate with a savoury berry flavour, the texture is smooth here, a few tannins come along at the end. Evident, nice drinking now, its clean fruit persists. 2012. “We seek a gourmand style of fruit for this so it can be drunk young,” Sylvie Pouizin-Vacheron Nov 2006

2004

punchy, red fruits aroma with a sprinkle of herbs. Sweet-toned, red fruits, plum flavour. Is well-knit, has a tight finish. Sound juice with some mineral in it. Clean-cut, versatile Côtes du Rhône – drink with grilled foods, also stews. Pretty now. 2010. Nov 2006