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80-85% Grenache (1955-60 and earlier), 15-20% Syrah from galet stone covered sandy-sandstone soils on the higher plateau of Le Caillou near Courthézon, hand harvested, part destemmed, 23-28 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, Grenache aged large barrel, Syrah aged large barrel & tronconic oak vat & 600-litre oak casks 16 months, best years only, first wine 2004 (was Côtes du Rhône Villages before), 20,000 b

2018

(barrel/casks, bottling March 2020) quite a full red robe; the fruit aroma is a trifle mulled, red berries, raspberry to the fore. The palate starts with a squeezy display of red fruits, is well juiced, builds a little variety towards the finish, notes of prune, herbs there, with a tiny saline touch. The aftertaste is a little withdrawn, but cool and clear. This has a tasty middle, and can drink well with lamb, ragout, stews. It has a little downhome, of the countryside, in it, and will please drinkers. Half a harvest this year, and 80% Grenache instead of usual 85%, Syrah up to 20%. €18. From late 2020. 2029-31 Oct 2019

2017

(large barrel/tronconic oak vat, bottling March 2019) dark red; Elderberry, dark berry aroma, slinky raspberry alongside. The palate sequels well from the nose, is gourmand and flowing, is notably refined, carries a smooth texture. This offers juicy bounty, has class, balance, is an aromatic, stylish wine. From spring 2020. 2031-33 Oct 2018

2016 ()

full, clear red. Has a smooth red fruit liqueur air, glistening, welcoming raspberry, has a confident depth. The palate brings gourmandise on roller skates, a flow of wavy red fruits, great tannins all around it in a spinning wheel of stimulus. This is bold, sun-filled, very long. 15°. 2034-37 Oct 2018

2015

(barrel/casks) red colour. Has a funky, very ripe, red-fruited nose, one with a plush outlook. The plate gives red cherry flavours, close to kirsch, with steely tannins; it’s rather on its degree, on the stretch. It’s a table wine, drink with lamb, for example. The risk here is the high degree. From 2018. 2023-24 Nov 2016

2014 ()

(barrel/casks) shiny dark red. Good, typical and broad first aroma that mingles wavy, coulis style raspberry with herbes de Provence, thyme discernible. The palate starts with peppery red fruit, has a free drive, plenty of youthful energy. The tannins are still rocky, bring a crisp dustiness. The juice persists well.14.5°. €15. From mid-2016. 2020-21 £150 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(barrel/casks) pale red; floral, rose hip air that floats above an aroma of mulled red fruits. The nose has the potential to vary and blossom. There is a snug depth of raspberry fruit in it. The palate rolls along well, is full at its core, and expressive and running as it ends. There is an intrinsic hum of power here. A wholesome wine, you can “munch” into it. It is tasty, with a wee note of succulence. From 2016. £135 12b i/b H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk orders@h2vin.co.uk 2022-24 Nov 2014

2012

(barrel/casks) quite dark red, steady depth. This is a broad, layered nose, a Côtes du Rhône of above average depth, prune and dark fruits featuring. The palate starts on ripe fruit, a juicy blackberry that has light rose scenting, a deft touch from that. Mild, quiet tannin resides in it, and lends support to the finish. Drink with beef – spare ribs, chorizo. Its heart is well-filled, and it persists very well. From late 2014. 15°. 2019-20 Oct 2013

2010 ()

(barrel/casks, bottling next month) nice full, dark robe; there is an attractive sweep to the nose that is led by black cherry fruit with some mint or menthol cut and notes of dried lands, parched ground. The palate delivers sleek black cherry fruit, notably modern comforts, with fine tannin entering in the late stages. Good harmony here. A sit-down wine of some depth and finesse in its fruit. Comes with dark touches and is long as well spreading out well across the palate. In the higher price bracket, €13.50 at the cellars. 14.9°. From late 2012. 2018-19 Feb 2012

2009

quite a full red robe; there is a rumble of red fruit, nuttiness, red cherry and redcurrant jam along with dusty stones on the bouquet, that offers true and clear Grenache. The palate is at a good stage, is expressive, tasty, drinks well. This is a lovely drop of wine, with garrigue, mint-herb, lavender influences, and tannins that have integrated to add support. STGT wine (tasted blind), so I am interested to see the first tasting pre-bottling, also blind, also reflected STGT qualities. It is long, and suited to roast lamb with rosemary, even kid, young goat. 15°. 2015-16. Bottled 10 Feb 2011. €13.50 at the cellars. Feb 2012 Previously Oct 2010 ***(*) (barrel) red with dark glints – a busty colour. High octane, “up there” nose – Grenache red fruit jelly, a menthol air. Welcoming, suave cherry style fruit – this runs along with simmering strength. The fruit is enjoyable, and moves sideways as well. There is a fine bout of late tannin, and it flourishes well on the finish. Herbal aftertaste, real good fruit length. Very good, has STGT qualities. 2015-16 Oct 2010

2005 ()

(pre-bottle) dark; modern, packed black berry fruit with plenty of stuffing in the bouquet. Good core to this, before the oak climbs on top. Wide, sustained wine with lots of matter. Structured wine, with a tannic frame. To be bottled May 2007. From 2009. 2015-16 “Drink from 2010,” Sylvie Pouizin-Vacheron Nov 2006

2004 ()

some soft tones on bouquet – jam fruit with a little earthiness, a fundamental tone. Good, open, peppy wine that moves along easily with some gusto. Bright, round red stone fruits, length is good. Live and harmonious, pretty drinking now. 2012-13 Nov 2006