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70-80% Grenache (1920s), 20-30% Mourvèdre (late 1930s) from Boislauzon (N), Gardiole (N-E), Cabrières (N-W), La Villeneuve (N), destemmed, 30-35 day concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, hand cap punchings, aged 50-80% concrete vat, 20-50% 2-3-4 year old 228-litre oak casks (until 2006 was 50% large barrels, then until mid-2010s 50% oak cask raising) 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2000, not made in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 4,500-5,000 b

2018 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2017 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2016 ()

(vat/casks) pretty dark red colour. The nose gives a lead aroma of ripe raspberry, liqueur in style. There’s also a note of thick plum jam, black raisin. It has a cool tenor. The palate delivers a spiced stream of black stone fruits with build in intensity and glow towards the finish, which is firm and thickly juiced. This will unfurl only gradually, so leave until 2021. It’s a tight-knit, dark Châteauneuf, with elemental ground force in it, which shows in its dark, savoury finish. 15°. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. 80% vat raising. €75. 2038-40 Oct 2017

2014 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2013 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2012

(vat/casks) full red robe; smoke, licorice, oak air, a nose with good cut in its black fruit, has dash. The palate continues with a fresh theme, carries toothsome black fruit that will provide potentially clear drinking. It has a tannic sideline from its oak raising, but the essence of the wine is good and free. Its fruit verve and vigour last well. Oak and spice feature on the finish. from mid-2016. 2027-29  Nov 2013

2011 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2010 ()

(casks) 70% G, 30% M this year, reflecting the coulure on the Grenache: dark, full robe with sheen in it and legs down the glass. Latent pepper drifts across the nose, which is deep, and holds sustained black fruit such a sprune in its aroma. There is smoky licorice, and this is a confident start. The palate has a gummy, savoury flavour, with a rich ball of gras and dark fruit present. It bears juicy blackberry fruit late on which is well inset. Good quality tannins add weight and support to the finish. Lots of potential. This is not mainstream wine – it has character, moves well, is satisfying. It could show a little more flair on the finish, but is genuine nature makes it very good. From mid-2014. 2030-31 Dec 2011

2009

(vat/cask) dark robe, matt hue. Wide, compact nose – coffee on the front end, ripe prune behind, and liqueur drinks at the bar associations, the Dijon blackberry crème de mûrs. The palate is richly endowed, its heart abundant. It runs on with some mobility, is not soupy, and ends on still crunchy, promising tannins. Good length that is oak-aided for now. Good wine – non-nonsense quality and richness. From 2013 late. 2026-29 Oct 2010

2007

good dark robe; black cherry aroma that darts out, has a spirity suggestion that is just under control – black jelly, licorice with oak across it. There is quiet muscle in this – it has an enclosed, oak-lined palate. Its black fruit is decisive, it runs well. A wine of vigour, dark intensity, the power not excessive. From mid-2011. 2020-21 Nov 2009 Previously March 2009 *** dark robe. Has a full, rather impenetrable nose – it evokes raisin and chocolate in a broody manner. The palate is full, has wide shoulders, with a latent, almost out and about power. It ends on some heat. A muscular wine that conforms to the notion of the Prestige Wine Family – all Big Children. Raisn, date cake taste on the finish. From 2011. 2021-23. A shame that this domaine has a great STGT leaning, but also falls into the trap of these pumped up wines that cost a lot more, too. 2006 was much preferable stylistically. March 2009

2006

(vat/barrel) pretty dark red, a complete robe; the bouquet has a nutty, primary top note, with a thorough foundation of red fruits with some potential charm – shows really good cohesion. The palate is nicely and openly rich, with no false graces. Delivers what it says on the packet – juicy red fruit that is fleshy and tasty. The fruit ripeness is right on the spot, the balance is good, and this is an STGT wine. Hope all goes well after bottling. 2025-27 Jan 2008

2005 ()

wow – Lazarus at work here, judging from the previous two tastings. Full, black, thorough robe; has a measured, “more to come” nose, with the potential for handsome fruit. The palate is close-knit – this is a wine of punch and consecutive length. It is nicely modelled – there is power, plus some restraint, and it is supple through most of the palate. There is a wee bit of end heat, and a crunchy, nutty end. Has become a rich wine that has also drawn itself together. 2022-25 June 2008 Previously Jan 2008 ** brimming, full red colour; rounded red fruit aroma, with some herbs, a little late pepper and some stalkiness, is on the savoury trail. Mature, but nicely judged red fruits attack – clean spring in it, and it proceeds well. There is good carry at first, then the palate becomes drier, and air reveals undue extraction. Not certain balance here. 2022-23 Jan 2008 Previously Nov 2006 * (pre-bottle) brewed bouquet, mulled berries, but rather burnt, is open and broad now. First impression was good, but with some air, it doesn’t seem very clean, its tannins rather hard. Lot of substance. There is a disquieting bitterness on the palate – maybe this is an off cask. On this showing, needs more richness, which is an unlikely requirement in this big vintage. Check it out again. Nov 2006

2004 ()

the robe is still a dark plum colour, with black tints. The bouquet is well filled, has a thorough depth, gives an aroma of cooked plums, prune, spice, ripe strawberry. This has a good spring in its step – it bundles up prune and notably date, holds lots of willing gras, continues on fine acidity, ends freshly, with a good amount of content there. It has an appealing, spiced sweetness, and covers the palate very well. Its tannins are still on the go with a lusty ripeness. It is more complete than the Mas de Boislauzon Tradition this year. 2022-24  Oct 2013 Previously Nov 2006 **(*) pretty full, black-tinted robe. The bouquet is full, peppered, meaty, gives outcrops of pepper and spice. The style is traditional, a bit oxidative. There is a dry tone to the palate, especially at the end. It never quite gets going, declares only temporary fruit. It is spiced and peppery, a big, quite heavy wine that will be brewed, mulled in time. Try in 2009. 2017-19  Nov 2006