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The Wines

75% Grenache, 15-25% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Syrah from 40% galet stone soils, 30% limestone soils, 30% brown soils on La Bertaude, Terres Blanches, Piedlong, Gallimardes, Les Marines, Boislauzon, Les Bosquets, Bois Dauphin, mainly destemmed, 35 day concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, aged large barrel, 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks, concrete vat 14 months, filtered, 6,900-28,500 b

2018

(concrete vat, bottling March 2020) dark red colour; the nose is brewed, inky, shows prune fruit, a tight sweetness. There are ripe, soaked fruits present. The palate is also on a soaked, coated trail, has a little floral aspect that helps it to soften. It’s a weighty wine for sipping over free drinking, even with its in-built generosity – you have to be in the mood. The aftertaste is abundant, rounded, its texture smooth. Decant it. €100 – that’s a lot. 15°. 6,914 b. 75% Gren, 25% Mourv. From 2023. 2043-45 Oct 2019

2017

(large barrel/casks/concrete vat) very dark robe; the nose is wide, brimming, has deep layers of black berry fruits, is rather majestic. The palate bears flowing, rolling black cherry content, the length great, on freshness and brio. The tannins are ripe, suave, and this leaves a vivid impression, is a complete, fluid, balanced 2017, not far from being ready. From 2020. 2036-39 Oct 2018

2016

(barrel/vat/casks, bottling March 2018) deep red robe. An attractive blackberry coulis aroma is the greeting on the nose, its sweetness resembling fruit pastilles, all rather winning. There isn’t a lot of variety as yet in this infant stage. The palate is enjoyable, easy to like, issues red fruits from its Grenache heart with deft tannins adding a layer of depth, a few oak notes apparent in the toffee touches on the finish. It’s a well made, authentic Châteauneuf. 14.5°. 75% Gren, 15% Mourv, 10% Syr. 28,500 b. From spring 2019. 2033-35 Oct 2017