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40-50% Grenache, 40-50% Mourvèdre (co-fermented), 10-20% Syrah mainly from clay soils on Boilauzon, plus some Cabrières, destemmed, aged 55% 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks, 45% concrete vat 16 months (until early 2010s aged 50% new, 50% 1-year oak casks 12 months), assembled after ageing, unfined, filtered, first wine 2006, 3-5,000 b

2018

(concrete vat/new casks) full, dark robe; the nose is thorough, wide, filled with black stone fruit, has a southern oiliness, a buffed leather tang. The palate kicks off on strength, a concerted thrust of cassis, black berry fruit, the tannins swiftly on the scene. It’s close-knit, stout on the finish, has southern intensity and a gleam of power on the firm aftertaste. This has a firm constitution. 15°. 5,000 b. 45% Gren, 45% Mourv, 10% Syr. €63. From 2023, the longer the better, to allow more joy. 2044-46 Oct 2019

2017

(new casks/concrete vat) deep robe; the nose has a savoury nature, some grainy airs in with its black berry fruits. The palate attacks on another bout of grainy content, powdered tannins along it. Slight question over the real ripeness of this: it could be richer, more founded. There is a touch of cool, vegetal, on the close. It’s a little angular, needs time – from 2021. 15°. 5,000 b. 45% Gren, 45% Mourv, 10% Syr. Dark colour; 2037-38 Oct 2018

2016

(casks/vat) dark red, good hue. The nose has a black cherry and blueberry aroma, is classy, the fruit serene and pure. There are outcrops of dried lands, some herbs. The palate is swell, bears silken textured black fruits with smooth tannins right in the wheel. There is a stealthy gain in intensity towards the finish, which is well in tune with the rest of the palate. This gives a luxury ride. The high percentage of Mourvèdre with the Syrah means that it isn’t especially typical as yet, but it’s a high quality wine with a very broad finish. 15°. 5,000 b. 45% Gren, 45% Mourv, 10% Syr. From 2021-22. 2040-43 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(concrete vat/new casks) full robe. The nose is chunky, sealed tight via a dense black fruit jam presence, along with black olives: pretty much a southern vista. The palate is also closely packed, holds an intense content led by blackberry with prune associations. It manages to stay cool as it goes. This is wine issued directly from warm, stone strewn vineyards, carries that southern summer into the glass. The tannins are demanding, pucker the gums for now. This runs with plenty, is a full charge, very long and assured Châteauneuf. For now there is a toffee presence on the close, derived from its oaking. 15°. 5,000 b. 50% Gren, 40% Mourv, 10% Syr. From 2020. 2038-40  GB £499 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203  478 7376

2014

(casks/vat) full robe. The nose has a simmering intensity, with dark fruits at its heart, a note of red meat depth. The palate is well weighted, goes broad and long, gives a good flow of black berries, ripe tannins present. There are notes of damp soil, black olives on the finish. Good quality 2014, plenty to appreciate. 15°. 5,000 b. From 2018. 2027-29 £460 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) medium to dark colour. There are dark fruit notes on the nose, but it lacks focus. This is austere, shows plenty of extract from its cellar work. The palate is sweet but a little dry on the finish. There’s an intensity here but it’s brash and awkward at present. Should improve. From 2017. 2026-28 JL Oct 2014

2012

(casks) rather dark red. The nose is very promising, has proper depth of stylish fruit, is really close-knit. The palate is seamlessly sustained, builds peppery notes, is full without excess, its horizon promising. The smooth texture wraps around its compact assembly of berry fruit in great fashion. The nose and palate are in unison here; it covers the ground with fluid, serene depth, has lots in it. From 2017, say. £465 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2033-36 Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark colour; blackberry aroma with an air of dates pressed in alongside – this is sweet-noted, gives a pastille effect, has iris flowers in it, too. It is easy to appreciate, a sleek, modern, stylish start. The palate holds excellent fruit that runs well, has kick. Its tannins move round freely, and a minted finale comes forward. Its dark fruit is tasty, darkens on the finish, where tar and char from its oak enter. It is all very much together, a bundle of harmony, and will gain local attributes as it ages. From 2015. 15°. 2029-32  Dec 2012

2006

oily strength in a wide bouquet, which is plenty sprinkled with airs of herbs and a dark, prune also red berry, plum fruit depth. The palate attacks still on its oak, which I find annoying, has a big heart, sound depth of content. It is opening slowly. Tar features in an intense aftertaste. It is still fresh. From 2016. Can be decanted. 15°. Mourvèdre the major variety this year – 50%, with 40% Grenache, 10% Syrah. 2027-30  Nov 2013  Previously Jan 2008 ***(*) full, dark tone to the robe, which has legs. Has a solid, raisin-chocolate nose, a thorough couch of aroma led by the cooked black fruit, black raisins: there is marked oak, which gives it an upright air. There is a brief supple moment at the start, but there is some alcohol on the outside of the wine, with oak showing early on. The fruit at its heart is quite gracious and well-founded. This is punchy, with local feel possible provided the oak assimilates. Leave until 2010 to get round the oak. 2024-27 Jan 2008 Previously Nov 2007 **** has quite a dark cherry/blackberry robe. There is rich black fruit at the heart of the bouquet – a lot of depth to handle its oak, and it also suggest deliberately late picking of the crop – the “magic” formula. The palate is well woven, bearing dense black fruits, with a late heap of oak tannin, toasting and tar. The core is rich, and I am not quite sure why it needs all the oak, since the base matter is so naturally rich. From 2011. 2024-26 Nov 2007