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50-70% Grenache, 15-30% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Cinsault from sandy, galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Cansaud, Petite Bastide, Grenade, Solitude, Terres Blanches, Four à Chaux, Pignan, destemmed, 4-5 week small concrete vat vinification, cap punching, aged 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, unfiltered, 9-20,000 b

2015 ()

(casks) red robe, with shine in it. The nose is well charged, marked by pine-oak influences. There is a sturdy sense of red fruit within. The palate holds springy content, is not yet an ensemble, the red berry, raspberry fruit carrying impetus. The aftertaste glows with an innate southern heat. This needs leaving until 2019 at the earliest – it is unbridled, a little wild for now. Decanting a useful move. 14°. 2031-32 Sept 2016

2013

(casks) dark colour. The nose is slightly austere, with very little expression. Likewise, the palate is tight and unexpressive, gives a licorice and dark fruit nuance, with juicy fruit on the mid-palate. Its tannins are firm and fresh behind the fruit. Good length on the finish. This needs time. 14.5°. From 2017.  70% Gren, 15% Syt, 15% Mourv, 9,000 b this year. 2026-27 JL Oct 2014

2010 ()

(vat/cask, bottling April 2012) fairly deep red; grilled, smoked pork style first air with a good lacing of herbs, has a plastic and steely side as well – a firmness about it. The palate runs on that rather straight fruit as well – the plastic, clinical touch. A cellar-dominated wine that ends on a firm, modern clean note, but is low on soul.  It needs management and timing to get the best out of it – drink between 2016 and 2019. 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. 50% concrete vat raised. 20,000 b this year. Dec 2011