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75-95% Grenache (1950-51/1974), 2-10% Mourvèdre,0-10% Syrah, 2-5% Vaccarèse, 0-3% Cinsault mainly from sandy, compacted safre soils on Les Bédines (N-E), plus Guigasse (N-E), destemmed, 30-day vinification, daily pumping overs, daily cap punchings, 1-5 year large barrel & 600-litre casks raised 15-18 months, filtered, organic wine, named Les Safres 2005 (was Tradition before), 11,000 b

2018

(barrel) red robe; the nose has a brewed heart, red stone fruits, red cherries, sweet herbs, with a hint of reduction. The palate bears lightly spiced red fruit content, has sinew, fibre, and will gradually move into an ensemble. It has the fine bone of a sandy soil Châteaunuef, a note of cherry stone in the late flavour, with a little glow. It’s precise, cool, typical 2018 in that respect. 88% Gren, 10% Mourv, 1% each Vaccarèse, Cinsault. 14.15°. From 2023. 2041-43 Oct 2019

2017

quite a bright red robe; the bouquet is slinky, shows mulberry fruits, raspberry, with a savoury sideline, has freedom, appeal. The palate bears the imprint of its sandy soils, so the definition is good, with a clear trail of red fruits, is of its place, is an STGT wine. This has greater precision than most in this tricky vintage. The tannins are nice and fresh, hooray. 14.5°. From 2021-22. 2039-42 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 ***(*) (large barrel/casks, bottling March 2019) dark red robe. The bouquet has a lamb stock, savoury nature, vintage sweetness, liqueur red berry fruits present. There’s a hint of clarity, lead pencil, through it. The palate is tight-knit with chewy matter and a free charge in the slightly rugged tannins: they will be OK over time. There’s a sense of re-fermentation along the palate, which is loose as it stands, but I back this to come together and show character. 14.5°. 9,600 b. 75% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 3% Cins, 2% Vaccarèse. €30. From 2022. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(barrel) dark robe. The bouquet is large, based around prune fruit, ripeness, soaked fruits airs; it’s rich and sweet. The palate is a rolling, rich affair with extended length that culminates in a note of liqueur and some power. It carries tasty fruit, and the texture is wavy; it’s a gourmand wine. The aftertaste rests on blackberry, black cherry, blueberry coulis. 15.5°. 10,000 b. €28. From 2020-21. 2038-40  Oct 2017

2015

(large barrel) dark red robe. The nose gives a sultry, sweet and ripe aroma led by blackberry and prune. The palate is concentrated into a neat, rich ball of dark red berry fruit, extends steadily, has charge in its late, ripe tannins. It’s ready to roll out a carpet of fat content over time, just keeps its power from excess. It’s mighty dense for now. 95% Gren, 5% Mourvèdre, Vaccarèse, Cinsault. From late 2019. 2035-38 Sept 2016  GB £276 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203  478 7376 

2014 ()

fine, rather pale red robe. The nose is a low-key affair, has airs of redcurrants, berries, a small note of sweetness at its centre, a flash of promise. This is light, and aromatic along the second half. It is tame for a Châteaeuneuf, lacks true stuffing, is very airborne. I find it puzzling. 2024-26 £269 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Nov 2015 Previously Oct 2015 ** (barrel) quite a transparent red robe. The nose is on the back foot, a little reduced, has a clipped red fruit centre, but some “high” zones as well. The palate holds direct red fruit with some puckering acidity on the outside. This is very raw. The acidity is a question mark. There is a looseness in it for now. From mid-2017. 2023-25  Oct 2015    

2013 ()

there’s a tiny spot of evolution in the red of the robe; The nose is in between stages – it is spiced, dry-noted from the vintage, holds a wind blown concentration, aits of prune, date. The palate has a flavour of thick black jam. Black raisin, dates. With salted moments late on. It has a spiced heart, a flavour of entrails, red meat, with butty, chewy tannins right on the go as it closes. This is quite a cussed wine, of its vintage more than its place. A small amount of thick juice is released on the close. It demands game dishes. “The grapes were very small, and it’s not a balanced vintage. With all our Grenache, the coulure this year and in 2017 made life complicated,” Bruno Gaspard. 14.5°. 2035-38 Oct 2018

2012

(barrel, bottling March 2014) mild red; quietly aromatic red berry fruit, a floral and authentic Châteauneuf-du-Pape sweetness of touch. The raspberry fruit air is fine. The palate is also fragrant, and just settles its degree from the warm sands, is just under control. The attack is also fine, the fruit has grain, pebble touches, a flavour of red cherry liqueur. Elegant wine overall, with understated power. STGT. 15°. £250 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2029-32  Nov 2013

2011

(barrel) quite a full red; this has herb, chocolate, stewed plum airs – this is a round setting for quite a full nose. It involves licorice, baked raspberry liqueur airs, bread crust and touch of oak. The palate shows off the Grenache well – plum fruit, kirsch, with nutty late notes, a small tannic couch. It attacks well – delivers immediate red stone fruit. It will do well, has nuance and the garrigue notes on the finale are interesting. Fat, a bit sappy, but much aided by its local dabs here and there. From late 2014. 2026-28  Dec 2012

2009 ()

mid-plus red robe, dark tones. Very Grenache-inspired nose, a real black fruit soaker that is mulled and primary, a good mix in of herbs – it is on its biscuity-noted raising now. Sweet, gushing and fleshy start to the palate – a wine of uncomplicated appeal that is open and sunny all through. It ends on classic 2009 roundness with latent tar, a bit of bite from its tannins that works well. Good length wine, also very prolonged across the palate. From mid-2012. A good example of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very Grenache, and STGT implications here. 2027-29 Oct 2010

2007 ()

attractive, full red. Measured, red jelly, smoky top air to the bouquet that is harmonious and has potential, comes with a note of savoury meat stock. Delicate, refined fruit and texture flow on the palate – the fruit is rather pristine, but the wine gains weight as it goes. A modern style, led by its clear, precise fruit. From late 2010. 2023-25 Oct 2008 Previously Nov 2008 *** red, purple robe; the bouquet is lying low – it has red fruit/herb possibilities, is en finesse and can become graceful, with hay, licorice, also alcohol discernible. The palate has a gentle, careful start, bears plump fruit with a tang of alcohol in it that stays just under the lid. Red berries are delivered in the fashionable modern, suave style, lots of juice. It is a little worked on, since the fruit slides away a bit at the end, leaving a grilled aftertaste, with power and a pebbly dry note. From mid-2010. 2022-25 Nov 2008

2006

dark red. Meaty, hang dog air, coffee with damp woods (sous bois) under that; it is building into its richness as it evolves, gaining all the while, has a good raspberry foundation, still fresh fruit. This is good: a grounded, full wine that has spiced, soaked cherries fruit, date also present in the flavour. Still good acidity helps its width and length, and keeps it moving. Good and unpretentious, it has presence, a garrigue influence as it ends. A full wine from warm lands. 14.5°. 2024-26  Dec 2012 Previously Nov 2007 (casks) ***(*) dark tones to the red colour; ripe nose, with a sense of liqueur in it, cassis and black berry here. Although ripe, the aroma is directed, and has a fair amount of depth. Savoury, interesting black fruit on the palate, with Châteauneuf garrigue, herbal plateau present. The length is good, it ends evenly and roundly. Has a lightly meaty side, a bit of late kick from a suede shoe, nothing more punchy than that. Very correct, has good round flow and heart. From late 2009. 2023-25 Nov 2007

2005 ()

(pre-bottle) red berry, mulberry aroma, some garrigue herbs and smoke from the oak. Rather sensuous fruit with some jam and sucrosity built in – a tasty wine in the modern vein. Length extended by its oak, with a dash of mineral late on. From 2009-10 2024-26 Nov 2006