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The Wines

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, 1% Counoise, 1% Vaccarèse from La Crau (E), Le Pied Long (N), Le Bois de la Ville (S-W), Four à Chaux (N-W), Palestor (N), 50% destemmed, 3 week steel vat vinification at 20°-30°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, turbo cap punching, aged large barrel 18 months, 6,500-20,000 b

2017

(large barrel, bottling March 2020) deep red colour; the bouquet has a pleasing sweep of full raspberry, griottes or soaked red cherry fruits, a note of tar darkness, and suggestions of garrigue, mixed herbs with that. The palate is noticeably less charged than many on the attack, and so flows with relative freedom, on springy raspberry fruit, cooked plums, late spicing. The finish is darkened by some tannin, a firm statement of depth there. This can come together well, a wine that shows local IDD. The aftertaste brings in some menthol, helping the desire for another glass. 14°. 8,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 8% Mourv, 1% each Vaccarèse, Counoise. €34. From 2021. 2041-43 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(large barrel, bottling March 2019, release March 2020) dark, full red colour. This has a broad, copious, enjoyable bouquet, comes with a sunny wink in its eye, a fest of crushed red fruits, a pastille invitation in them, raspberry prominent. The palate offers waves of delicious berry fruits and flexible tannins that encase it well, a good fit all round. This is a very good sunshine wine full of nourishment and pleasure. The ripeness is just right for a tasty outcome. The length is secure, rather thick but fluid. 15°. 20,000 b. €34. From 2020-21. 2038-40 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(large barrel, bottling March 2017) sober dark plum red colour. The nose lurks with mild reduction, shows some sweet, slightly floral red fruit, has the gentle curve of ripe Grenache. The palate stakes out a juicy, fluid position, does more early than late. Time will coax out more width and depth from the second half of the palate, and it will become a neat glass. It’s pretty authentic. 14.5°. From mid-2018. 2036-38 Sept 2016

2014

(large barrel, bottling March 2016) steady red robe. This has an alert aroma led  by raspberry, the mild ripeness bringing a low key sweetness. There is a suggestion of cinnamon bringing some spice in the background. The palate has the glint and rocky features of 2014 in its veins, bears red berry fruit with a gumminess, a minor concentration, present. It extends well, is still running on the finish. Not a big and filled Châteauneuf, but I like its sprightly and authoritative nature, a good combo. 14°. 6,500 b. €30. From mid-2018. 2029-31  Oct 2015