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70-85% Grenache, 15-20% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, purchased wine from 5 suppliers inc Cave de Gigondas, destemmed, crushed, 3 day pre-fermentation crop cooling of Syrah at 12°C, 3 week vinification at up to 28-30°C, part vat emptying/refillings, pumping overs, aged 85-90% large 60-80 hl barrels & tronconic oak vats, 10-15% 300-litre & 600-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, 30,000 b


(large barrel/casks) dark red. The bouquet is sweet, has a hint of flowers, violets, simmered red berries en route to being jam. There’s a note of eau de vie. The palate bears a centre of black fruit concentration, with some style, notes of herbs, and good, sparky drive towards the rocky finish. The tannins play an important role in breaking down the fat matter and rendering the wine more varied and interesting. 85% Gren, 15% Syr. From spring 2021. 2040-42 Oct 2018

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(cask/barrel) dark red colour. The nose shows some local clarity, a menthol take, with coffee and blueberry fruit. The palate has a black cherry flavour, mild tannins attached, ends roundly. It’s a bit arm’s length in style, functional, efficient, could have more soul. Its shininess will please, however. The finish brings out the Grenache more, with a compressed red fruit-tannin presence, the tannin giving a minor crunch. I’d like more drive, more local oomph. It’s New Wave, fleeting and floating in manner. 85% Gren, 15% Syr. From late 2019. 2030-32 Oct 2017


(cask/barrel) bright purple colour. Cassis-blackcurrant airs on the nose but this sample is a little tired and oxidative. There’s a fleshiness to the fruit but the tannins are drying on the finish. Either over-worked wine or a poor sample. This needs retasting in bottle. 14.5°. From 2016. 2023-24 JL Dec 2014


(cask/barrel, bottling March 2014) dark robe, attractive promise. The nose is wide – its aroma is prominent but not expressive or defined as yet. The main airs for now are black raisin, date, smoke and lardon pork bacon chunks. The palate is a concentrated mass, with the sheen of fresh youth, a large content, the tannins easy but present, provide an uplifting tang. It hasn’t got its own character yet, has scenting in its fruit, gives stimulus here and there. It ends on peppery, firm red fruit, will be a good, fine Gigondas. The aromatic aftertaste is seductive, very drinkable. From late 2015. 14.5°. 2025-26  Oct 2013


big, dense robe. One big block of aroma on the nose: prune, an undernote of raspberry. Its density means it’s dark, not nuanced, shows wee notes of grilling. The palate is chunky, robust, means business. The weight is pronounced. It needs time. It is very solid. I would leave it until 2017-18, isn’t a wine to drink young. When older, it will be looser, more interesting, varied. For now it is a bit of a concoction, persists on strength more than anything. Time a great help. Decant it. 15°. 2024-25  Oct 2013