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The Wines

60-65% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 10-15% Mourvèdre from 10 hectares owned vineyards, stony clay soils, destemmed, 18-20 day steel vat vinification, cap punching, raised 60-90% (all the Grenache) concrete vat, 10-40% (other varieties) 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, 30,000 b

2017 ()

(casks) shiny, quite full red robe. The bouquet is just emerging, gives a cosy black berry fruit, black cherry, is rounded, not yet varied. The palate bears expressive, rolling content, is a bit flashy, holds gourmand tannins that bring lip smack. It’s more varietal than terroir wine. There are smoky, slightly vegetal notes on the finish, tar there. From spring 2020. 2034-36 GB £150 (est) per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655 Nov 2018

2016

dark robe. There’s a blackberry lead aroma on the nose, a hint of violets from its Syrah. It’s a curvy, appealing start. The palate is stylish, infused with wavy, appetising black fruits with a tingle of precision. It ends on a more soaked cherries flavour, ripe tannins giving a little extra layering. This is up there with the leaders this year, holds beautiful, striking fruit. The length is impressive, well focused, has real carry. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv. From spring 2020. 2035-37 Feb 2018

2015 ()

red robe with a pale rim. The bouquet is soft and enjoyable, based on black fruits with a smoky intensity, quiet inner depth. The palate bears suave content with cosy tannins wrapped around it, the flavour resembling blackberry jam, a touch of blueberry.  This is charming and nicely filled, a good orb of a wine. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 60% Gren, 25% Syr, 15% Mourv. €15.90 at the cellars. From 2018. 2028-30 May 2017

2014

(casks) shiny red robe. Has a toffee, mulled fruits air, a bouquet that is gently sweet, the fruit rather pure. The palate has a gourmand, red berry flavour, along with mild but present tannins. The length is decent, with late kick and then slight dryness on the tannins. It is a touch commercial, but is above average for Vacqueyras, I am sad to say! 2022-24 £120 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Nov 2015