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65-70% Grenache, 10-15% Mourvèdre, 15-20% Syrah, from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Les Combes (S-E) & La Crau (E), mostly destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 25-50% concrete vat, 40-60% large barrel, 10-25% 600-litre oak casks 18 months, 7-15,000 b

2018

(concrete vat/large barrel/casks, bottling Apr 2020) deep, dark red colour; the bouquet has an aroma of crushed black berry fruits that are dense, with chicken stock notes above. The palate bears plum fruits with some “steel” in the tannins, has a good continuity and comes across expressively. The length is good, with a little cluster of herbs on the finish. It keeps going well. 15°. 10,000 b. 70% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv. €27. From 2022. 2040-42 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(vat/large barrel/casks, bottling Apr 2019) plum red robe, quite dark. The bouquet has depth, notes of entrails, beef stock, crushed mulberry fruits, a peek out of strawberry. The palate gives in the here and now red berry jam flavouring with squeezy tannins in the wheel, ends on a note of sweetness. This very Grenache-centric Châteauneuf that will drink without complication, has a curvy shape to it that will please. 15°. 15,000 b. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Mourv. From late-2019. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2016

(barrel/vat/casks, bottling April 2018) dark red colour. Has a medium depth red-fruited bouquet, with a sweet nature, the fruit primary, the variety to come. The palate bears rolling content, smooth tannins, red fruits that pick up some spice and light tannic crunch towards the close. The aftertaste has smoky elements. This works on a quiet crescendo, gaining in depth and interest as it goes. It’s worth leaving until 2020. 14.5°. 10,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. €23. 2031-32 Oct 2017

2010

(vat/cask, bottling April 2012) quite a dark red; the bouquet shows a notably oily air, with mulberry-raspberry fruit present, and a sweet ripeness – this is an offer of bounty and some depth, and has genuine local virtues. The palate starts on a tight-knit note, comes with a thorough casing of markedly smooth tannin along it. The fruit is suave and there are outbreaks of herb and garrigue rocky influences on the aftertaste. Sound balance, too. From mid-2013. €22 at the cellars. 2026-28 Dec 2011