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65% Grenache, 20-25% Syrah, 10-15% Mourvèdre (mid-1970s), destemmed, crushed, 4 day pre-fementation cool maceration at 12°C for Grenache, Syrah, 20-25 day vinification, 2 daily part vat emptying/refillings, then pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 1-3 year 600-litre oak casks (20% new oak until early 2010s) 12-15 months, filtered, 15-20,000 b

2013 ()

(casks, bottling March 2015) purple hue. This is a rather tired, oxidative sample. The palate shows a decent level of (tired) fruit and freshness, but drying tannins on the finish. It will merit tasting again in bottle. 14.5°. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Mourv. 20,000 b. €19. From 2016. 2024-25 JL Dec 2014  

2011 ()

(casks) rather dark red. Oily, quite sweet black berry fruit aroma with grain and dust present, licorice and just a salty tang. There is a light thyme herbs outcrop. After 2 hours, it develops a strong black cherry, Morello air. The palate presents sleek black fruit, while mild tannins enter quietly; it finishes well and completely. Very clean, modern, more the product of cellar technique than vineyard contours. The tannins on the finish are lightly grainy. A wine that lies down and wags its tail, could have more attitude. Facile wine that has a few Gigondas touches. From mid-2013, since the tannins are very soft. 14.5°. 2020-21  April 2013

2010 ()

(casks) dark robe. Has a creamy air, full of layers and the density of black berry and prune; there is a strong note of grapy raisin within. It shows potential to vary and become more wild. The palate is also broad and suave, and leads into a solid gathering of firm, oaked tannins on the finish, a crisp signature. It is moving into shape to become a structured, serious table wine. There is a lot late tannic charge, it is long, and will do well. From late 2014. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2009 ()

there are purple traces in the red robe, mauve tints, too. Has a mulled blackberry air, garrigue herbs and licorice featuring in it. It is young, quite international, gives a hint of beef stock depth. The palate presents a brief ball of black fruit, not yet extending that fruit; it keeps going, though, and ends on a grainy texture. This is tasty, has free run juice in it, and I like its touches of herbs. The finish is more on the juice than the richness. It will be more truly local from 2014. The darkness of the taste suggests the helpful presence of Mourvèdre. 15°. 2019-20  June 2011, East Sussex

2007

dark robe; fresh, clear, good filled bouquet – prune, spice, good start to this, has a savoury sweetness, raisin airs. Fine, black fruit that is really juicy and tasty on the palate, and a nicely judged sweetness runs through it, allied to fresh flanks. Good balance, an accomplished wine that is ready now. Holds ripe, comfortable tannins, and has enough reserve up its sleeve to not cross the line into “crowd pleaser”, very obvious territory. w.o.w. wine. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2006

full robe, quite bright. Cautious, dipping to in water bouquet – clear-toned black cherry, just a little sweetness and roundness in behind, also licorice that implies presence of Mourvèdre – a sleek Gigondas here. Fleshy, agreeable debut to the palate – a soft squeeze of black fruit with a light touch tannic thread. Open and willing, drinkable now. Nice little spot of freshness on the finish. Sympa wine, without great flair. Correct length. Lacks a little lasting depth. 2013-14 Nov 2008