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The Wines

11.5 ha at Travaillon (Vaucluse, garrigue, with some gravel), 12 ha at St Geniès de Comolas (Gard, sandy), 68-75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10-15% Syrah (1965-68), 1-2% Clairette blanche & rose, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, with some oxygen applied during fermentation, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 12-18-21 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2005, 40-60,000 b

2016

healthy red robe; the nose is harmonious, charming, on plum and raspberry fruit which are well presented, with hints of low-key iodine. The palate links well, holds a good canopy of red fruit, pleasing succulence and attractive length. That succulence and its savoury notions are classic examples of the 2016 vintage. You really want to drink this – it will be great with lamb. It’s at a savoury and inviting moment now. 13.5°. €7 at the cellars. 2024-25 May 2019

2010

dark red. Smoke, tobacco are alongside notably ripe raspberry on the aroma that is nice and dense, is reserved but there is plenty more to come. The palate sets off at speed, bearing racy, dark, spiced fruit that carries a long way. It is brisk overall, has lots of depth. It has very good content for a Côtes du Rhône, and isn’t ready at all. It is set to show garrigue on the finish, and is in the same vein of sequence as a Châteauneuf-du-Pape – there are similar attributes and potential here, is an STGT wine. From 2015. 13.5°. Bottled June 2012, 72% Gren, 15% Cins, 13% Syr, 40,000 b this year. 2023-24  Dec 2012

2006

black plum, sober hue to the robe; has a steady, not exuberant, aroma – black jam with a touch of grilling, and nuttiness. The palate's black fruit is entwined with tannin and acidity – it is fresh after half way, and ends on a pebbly note, with traces of black jam, prune or violet there. Gives the impression of late heat. Not quite on the mark yet. Maybe more fluent from mid 2009. Good with roast pork, chicken in tarragon, but not peppered foods. 2012-13 Nov 2008