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80-85% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre from sandy, clay-limestone soils, crushed, destemmed, 18-20 day steel vat vinification, cap punching, raised 80% concrete vat, 20% 1-4 year 228-litre oak cask 12-14 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2005, 21,300 b

2016

(vat/casks) dark red colour. The nose presents a raspberry coulis aroma with a note of menthol freshness hovering above. The palate centres around Grenache, strawberry jam flavours with a good take up of rather thick tannin towards the finish, where there is concentrated matter. It has a lip-smacking quality, is a genuine Gigondas with some local colour and variety. 14.5°. €16.20. From 2020. 2030-33 Oct 2017

2015 ()

mild red robe. Raspberry fruit leads the nose with a salty clarity. There is some licorice, cooked plum. The palate continues in similar vein, bears red berry fruit with bracing tannins, and a stoked-up conclusion, ends on the rise. The red fruit moves around freely on the second half. Allow until mid-2019 – absolutely no hurry. 14.5°. 2030-32 Feb 2017

2012 ()

(vat) dark red; broad, chunky, spiced bouquet, droplets of red meat in it, intense red fruit juicing, and baked-brioche bread notes. The palate delivers cleanly presented black fruit with an engaging, savoury centre, a plump ripeness that is tasty. Elegant tannins accompany it - they have some sparky grain, a pleasing crispness. It proceeds smoothly throughout, shows some late glow, infusions of pepper and spice. This is wide, smart Gigondas with a solid finish, one that holds up well. It is going well in the right direction. Very good. From 2016. 14.5°. 2027-29  Nov 2013

2010

rather dark red; red berry, cherry, dense and compact air, but can emerge well from 2014; there is a sweet, herbal cross air. Has a red cherry liqueur flavour with well built-in, ripe tannins, ending on their support, the fruit less evident there. It needs leaving until spring 2013 to extend the fruit through the palate. Has a tasty, little gras bundle. 15°. 2025-27 Dec 2011