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65-80% Grenache, 20-35% Syrah (late 1970s-early 1980s), destemmed, 21-28 day vinification at cool temperatures, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 10-15 months, unfined, filtered, 30,000 b

2017

(vat) deep, dark robe; the nose has a black fruit, buffed black leather combination, with some of the baking of the vintage. There’s an oily, husky side to it. The palate is firm, releases rather grudging amounts of thick Grenache juice as it goes. It has sound heart, and will be a solid glass of Gigondas for winter drinking. The tannins are firmly attached, also dense. This is traditional, robust Gigondas. Decant it. 14.5°. From mid-2021. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(vat) full, dark robe. Black olives, black fruits combine on an oaked nose, the fruit pretty pure. The palate gives wavy black fruits that roll along well, have sleek tannins in tow, with vanilla-toffee towards the finish. It’s an obvious, copious Gigondas, modern and polished, is cellar-led, a bit low on soul. The aftertaste shows some spice, tar, black pepper. From 2021: the longer the wait, the more it will edge towards less mainstream, more local aspects. 2029-30 Oct 2017

2011

(vat) shiny, quite dark robe. Smoky, dark fruit with a dry, black raisin air that reflects parched lands. The palate has the potential to integrate; it is upright, almost stretched and will need 2 years. The fruit could be more cosy, fleshy, hold more matter. Workmanlike wine, with fair length. 2021-22  Dec 2012

2010

(vat) dark, shiny. Its broad nose pushes forward, holds fine tune black cherry fruit with an elegant licorice, mint and tea supplement. There is clear articulation of its black fruit and really good grain in its tannins. Offers slinky appeal – there is a great touch of purity in the fruit, an infusion of rose hip and iris. Immediate quality and appeal. Elegant, but also good-bodied wine with the brightness of the fruit a big draw as well. Long, juicy. From late 2013. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2008

quite a bright red. Sprinkle of pepper across the nose – the Grenache fruit is ripe enough to be capable of evolution. Red, nutty fruit that is quite clear on the palate. Provides friendly, rather effortless drinking with the emphasis on juicy, clear Grenache fruit. Agreeable wine. To 2016 Dec 2009

2007

solid red. Friendly, rounded red fruit aroma – Grenache sprinkled with herbs, pepper and licorice. The palate has an easy, calm debut – the red fruit is typically Grenache, is tinged with crisp notes, has direction. Not yet in total harmony, so drink from mid-2011, since it is a bit powdery late on. Upright now – a shapely wine in the making. Toasted aftertaste. 14.5°. 2020-21 Dec 2009

2006

black-red robe. Modern, snappy black fruit aroma – all delivered in a newly laundered bouquet that has nut, oak edging. There is raisin ripeness in it. Much more on the start of the palate than the end, where the oak and vinification after effects still rule. Holds supple black stone fruit, then there is a void, then the licorice-oak ending. More interesting from mid-2010. There is refined gras in mid-palate, has decent length. Can improve. 2017-18 Nov 2008 Previously April 2008 **(*) dark, black cherry robe; the bouquet has a bright , veering towards high tone aroma – the fruit is sweet and simmered. The palate kicks off with a full heart – this is a vibrant sort of wine, traditional in style. Its tannins are a bit edgy, but may settle in around 12 months. There are some herbs in the final taste. 2016. April 2008, London

2003 ()

well-knit bouquet of potential – shows garrigue herbs, some pepper and is full. Has a good, compact flavour, with a gutsy core: this is beau. Its length is good, and the tannins are well entered, the fruit well-cut. From 2007. 2013-15 July 2005