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60-65% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 10% old Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre from shallow stony clay soils on Les Garrigues at Sarrians, destemmed, 18-20 day steel vat vinification, daily pumping overs, cap punching, raised 65-90% (all the Grenache) concrete vat, 10-35% (other varieties) 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, 15-30,000 b

2018

(vat/casks) dark robe, black tints; the bouquet is firmly lined with black fruits, blackberry jam prominent, a hint of menthol, licorice, garrigue notes. It’s a measured, settled start. The palate is broad on attack, carries a welter of sunny matter, is nicely sturdy, its black jam filling going to the close. The tannins are tasty, layered, give a lip smack aftertaste. The potential here is for a genuine, well-filled Vacqueyras that has good shape, shows a little oak on the extended finish. 13.5°. From 2022. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2017 ()

attractive dark robe; the bouquet presents a stylish aroma of black fruits, engages well, the fruit upbeat, clear, comes with a crushed-smashed stones, flinty air as well. The palate links well, glides along with style and substance, the juiciness of the late stages appealing. There are fine, powdered tannins in good, close attendance. This has authority, a good structure and balance, is very beau, is an en finesse, complete Vacqueyras. I am pleased to make its acquaintance. 14.5°. €13.50. From spring 2021, decant. 2035-37 Feb 2020

2016

full robe, dark. There’s a lucid air of soaked black cherry on the nose, a little black pepper, spicing alongside, black olives. The palate starts on a generous offer of suave black-fruits with a sing-song in their pleasing delivery. This is tasty, replete wine that will accompany lamb very well, for instance, also a thick veal chop with herbs. It engages well, will be popular. The aftertaste is also tasty, the tannins a good fit, with a note of grilling on the aftertaste. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 40% Syr, Cins, Mourv. From late 2019. 2030-32 Feb 2018

2015

mild red robe. The nose has a baked bread aspect, with a gentle air of red berry fruit, a strawberry ease, and some hints of herbs. The palate is neatly lined with red berry fruits that increase in darkness towards the finish. It’s a pretty open wine, with a little refinement to come as it evolves. There is a brief concentration in the juice towards the finish. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% old Cinsault, 5% Mourv. €13.40 at the cellars. From late 2017. 2022-23 May 2017

2012

(vat) dark red, purple top; the nose is wide, offers healthy potential, has a deep inset of prune, dark berry jam, a low-key sweetness, nice oiliness. The palate bears attractive, spiced fruit with good tannic padding – a round and full shape is the result. It ends on its smooth, rather dense black fruit. Young wine, not yet nuanced, a good example of Vacqueyras that has sun in its veins and no excess power. It runs very consistently through the palate, ends well, has more garrigue notes to come. The finish combines black olives, concentrated juice and pepper and graininess. From mid-2015. 14.5°. €13.60 at cellars. 2025-26  Nov 2013