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0-90% Grenache (1950-51), 5-70% Syrah, 0-60% Counoise, Carignan, various from sandy, galet stone soils on Caillou & Les Garrigues, whole bunch 21 day macération carbonique vinification, pumping overs, wild yeasts only, no added SO2, steel vat-raised 3 months (concrete vat until 2016), unfined, filtered, first wine 2011 (when destemmed, but not crushed), last called Nature in 2018, 4,500-7,000 b

2018

dark red; the bouquet gives a sweet-toned curve of mulberry, soaked red berry fruits, some spicing, plum fruit attached. It has a summery feel. The palate gives nicely styled, crystal clear red fruits with a savoury note, and liberal late juice. It performs on impetus, is a w.o.w. easy to drink wine with enough body to rise above “fun only” status. It will go well with lamb and rosemary, veal chop, spaghetti Bolognese. The finish is layered, lip-smacking. It’s a jolly do. 13.5°. 70% Gren, 30% Syrah. Bottled Jan 2019. €15. If well cellared, to 2022-23 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 ***(*)(vat, sugars, malo completed, 78% Gren, 17% Syr, 5% Cari, assembled) red robe; primal, grapey, red berry fruited, fat bouquet. The palate presents a fluid roll of red fruit, is perfumed, holds springy tannins, has nice length, a bit of late spice-darkness. This is bright wine. 7,000 b. 2025-26 Oct 2018

2017 ()

dark red, inviting robe; the bouquet is nicely warm, well rounded, expresses sweet red berry fruits, elder berries. The palate rests on cooked plums, has a savoury nature, and nice squeezy moments into the finish. It’s an agreeably unadorned Côtes which is drinking right on the button now. It carries nice, clear pockets of strawberry fruit, has already advanced past the first flush of youth. 75% Gren, 20% Cari, 5% Mourv. 14.5°. To 2021-22 Oct 2019

2016

handsome dark red colour, promising for what will follow. The nose is deeply set via beef stock, a thick black cherry, blueberry fruit aroma, some dried herbes de Provence. It’s bright. The palate runs with charming black cherry fruit, glides along, is a pleasure thanks to its smooth texture and the precise fruit. The finish is well rounded. This feels like a hands-off, low intervention wine, as it should, and is always one of my favourites from the Caillou. This is w.o.w. wine in the glass, a real pleasure, the balance good. 13.5°. Counoise, Syrah this year. To 2021 Sept 2017

2015

attractive red robe; there’s good intensity in the nose, cassis fruit, is nicely airborne as well. The palate offers tender black fruit that grows in depth, is good and solid late on, has a dark, black jam thrust. Decanting will help. There’s plenty of chewy depth on the finish. 14.5°. If well stocked, to 2025-27 Oct 2018

2014

dark red colour. Has a bright, stylish bouquet based on black berry fruit and herbes de Provence such as rosemary. I like its oiliness. The palate attacks with a fresh, supple fruit, and goes long, an accomplished length it has. It ends full of beans, loganberry fruit and a supple generosity there. Very good for its category, no questions asked. Rockabilly, delicious STGT Côtes. 13°. 50% Gren, 30% Cari, 20% Syr this year, more Carignan than usual. 5,700 b. Bottled Jan 2015. €13. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2011 ()

subdued, mid-depth red, shows a lot of Grenache. There is a supple air of red cherry in a restrained delivery on the nose – notes of red jam above all, also black raisin. The palate works on spiced, baked red fruits. There is a grainy, pebbly, again baked area on the finish. This lacks a “fun” element, and will have a short period of harmony, especially in 2013. 15°. Bottled 31 Jan 2012. 16.5° - wow! To 2015 Feb 2012