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from 2004 65-70% Grenache (av age 80 years), 20% Mourvèdre (1997), 10-15% Syrah (1980), until 2003 was 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, destemmed, 25-30 day vinification at 25-30°C, cap punching at first, pumping overs, Grenache, Syrah aged new large barrels 12, then vat 6 months, Mourvèdre aged 3-4-year old 228-litre oak casks 12 months, then vat 6 months, egg white fined, unfiltered, 12-25,000 b

2018 ()

full red robe; the bouquet is reserved, has a discreet air of cooked plum, notes of garrigue herbs. It’s a stout, close-knit start. The palate is muscular, bears Grenache inspired red fruits with nerve in the tannins, a fibrous display from them. It’s raw for now, but can fuse, the knuckled finish needing most attention. 15°5. 15,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Mourv, 10% Syr. €39. From 2023. 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017 ()

(large barrel) quite a full red colour. Elder berry-blackberry notes lead the nose which has a vegetal hint, black cherry fruit also, some hidden pockets. The palate has a rather high octane start, raspberry-mulberry fruit, with immediate tannins that push forward, and are on the wild side. There are kirsch notes on a challenging finish, some dryness in the tannins. The aftertaste is assertive, red fruit thickness there. From spring 2021. 2041-43 GB £330 per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655 Nov 2018

2016 No Rating

(large barrel) shiny quite dark red. The bouquet is husky, a little flat, has a cherry angle, but also shows some power. The palate is full, but dries prematurely. I am not sure how clean it is. 15°. 15,000 b. Oct 2017

2015 ()

(barrel/vat) full red robe. Toffee and treacle airs show on the nose, which is rich and weighty by design, carries a mulled black stone fruit aspect. The palate is also richly furnished, has a bountiful centre, and its early strength takes it along most of the palate. It travels broadly along the second half, then has a stoked up finish. It will meld OK, but is a little on the exaggerated side, a lot of weight. We are in sipping territory here, just a bit at a time – or else. 15°. 70% Gren, 20% Mourv, 10% Syr. From 2020. 2030-32 Sept 2016 GB £222 12 b in bond H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk

2012

(cask/vat) steady red robe. Agreeably deep mulled, liqueur red fruit shows on the nose, has a sweet note, expands across the glass well, shows mixed herbs as well. There is an attractive density on the attack, with a full mid-palate in support. A degree of date and prune come along near the finish, and the finale is gummy as some Châteauneuf strength moves forward. The nose has a seemingly lighter touch than the palate, which has a quiet inner force. There is a compact ripeness of sweet jam on the end. From spring 2016. GB £225 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2027-29  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) dark plum red. Stewed raspberry-plum aroma, good filling in it, promising depth. This is a varied nose with sweet herbs present, thyme and mocha. This is a Grenache-centric wine with a fluid fruit, a touch of vegetal, a dash of tannin and late herbs, garrigue dust. It is all orderly, while a menthol, aniseed note on the end serves its clarity well. Good terroir in this. A little drawn in on itself. Grenache juice revives on the finish. From mid-2014. 2023-26  Dec 2012

2009 ()

level red robe; red cherry fruit with a trace of oak, ash smoke, raspberry darts into the picture. The palate has “dark” notes, a ripe grain and a chewy but smooth outered finish. It extends on tobacco notes, leather and tea. It can soften its finish over the next two years – drink from 2014. 14.5°. 2023-25 Feb 2012 Previously Sept 2011 No Rating 2 bottles tasted blind, neither right: bottle 1: rather dark; lactic, high air, green acidity, green apples. Palate shows jelly, ripe fruit, soaked style, is supple. Bottle 2 : same green nose. The palate has edgy fruit, is limp, off notes. 14.5°. Sept 2011, London Previously Oct 2010 **(*) (casks) dark, complete robe. Acetate front air to nose, a bit of cherry behind. The bouquet has not yet taken shape, shows violet, prune, blackberry liqueur. The palate is gamey, delivers ripe fruit that droops a little. A sweet, perfumato wine – the front of the palate gives more than the finish. It will show evolved notes early if this sample is accurate, notes of damp woods and so on. From spring 2012. 2019-21 Oct 2010

2008 ()

(casks) red robe. Red cherry liqueur nose, very Grenache, shows ripe red fruit, a touch of alcohol and sweet cloy in the air, but is overall local in style. Supple start to the palate, comes with slight tannic trim. Has the new fashion of pastille sweetness all through, above finesse as an ambition – there is a hang-dog mid-palate moment. It ends on the red Grenache fruit, the length is OK, and just needs polishing from its final raising. From spring 2011. 2018-19 Nov 2009

2007 ()

matt top, quite full red. Floral, gummy fruit air – brewed up fruit, floral influences. The palate has a clear run of red fruit in a typical Grenache style, a nice sweet tone to it. It isn`t that complex, but gives a correct packet of late mineral. Runs a steady race, no frills. Best moment will be 2013-16. 14°. Bottled 5 months ago. 2018-19 Nov 2009 12,000 b this year. Previously March 2009 ***(*) (vat) full red robe; has a mulled, liqueur style aroma – oily berry, a little smoke. There is a red cherry start to the palate, that comes with depth: this is more marked by its cask ageing than the other wines, and the finale is busy. A more interventionist wine than its colleagues, and I find alcohol simmers within it. It is intense towards the finish – how good an aspect that is, I am not sure. From 2011. To be bottled June 2009. 12,000 b this year. 2021-23 March 2009

2006

plum colour that is advancing warmly, shows legs. The nose is aromatic, gentle – this is a classic Châteauneuf bouquet, on the cusp between early red fruits and secondary airs of cedar, tobacco, flowers. The palate debut is joli, shows a good little intensity, brings on licorice, mocha. This has clear, stylish fruit with a winning continuity – it is interesting, provokes both palate and mind, is beau, bony and true, an STGT wine. It is agreeable to drink now. “It is between 2005 and 2007 in style, has always been a wine en finesse,” Françoise Roumieux. 14°. 2021-23  Dec 2012  Previously Jan 2008 ****(*) (barrel) quite a full red; has a floral, plum aroma – is round at the outset, then it tightens and becomes nutty, revealing its current oak raising. Grenache leads the fruit, with a smoky, pebbly air around it. The palate holds full red fruit with punch in it, and tannins that need leaving for 3 years. Is a wine of some heat, a pretty traditional approach has been taken here. It is tightly enclosed now, but there is good promise and harmony – nothing is out of order. From late 2010 or 2011. 2024-26 Jan 2008

2005

mild advance at the top of the red robe; gummy, rather floral Grenache red fruits air – this is nice and secure, is quite sweet, mixes spices as well. The shape is round – there is a nice Grenache simplicity here – it rolls along in a free fashion. The length is sound, and there is more to the wine than meets the eye, Hercule – its depth is hidden. Can become very savoury and seductive - from 2010 for that. 2019-21 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) (pre-bottle) solid heart to a blackberry robe; scented tea, with a touch of pebble, graininess on top of some sappy, ripe fruit – is rather feral. Supple, sappy fruit start to palate, the tannins have a burnt side in the vintage character at this early stage. Core is of fleshy Grenache, the length is decent. Just a rather wild, unsettled nature to it. 2019-22 Nov 2006 This year the mix is 65% Grenache, 20% young Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah Nov 2006

2004

plum, paling robe, still sound. The aroma is spicy, free - a delicate approach. There is a little air of treacle, smoky jam fruit; there is a lovely spice box brew in it. Very authentic – it slots into the smoky, upright 2004 vintage profile. As it breathes, light and precise raspberry fruit emerges, geed up by rosemary, emphasizing elegance. There is noble age on the palate - good tension and grip that are true to 2004. Very cool, toothsome fruit with menthol cut and smoke lies in this: it is very trim, a neat and lucid wine. The fruit is like a mature black jam, blueberry with a lovely, fine, tasty trail. It expands nicely with air – it is a great example of maturing Châteauneuf-du-Pape from a quiet vintage, where time has added nuance and harmony to the game. 14.5°. 2020-21 Dec 2013, East Sussex Previously Nov 2006 ***(*) sappy, full style bouquet that is ripe, weighty and has a little damp woods in it, also. Broad, rich start to the palate, holds the rounded red fruit of the Grenache, gives plenty of pleasure with a little mystery in it. Persists well, is what it is, uncomplicated wine. Beau, is a good yardstick wine for the place and vintage. Has tannins that enable it to evolve and live on. 2019-22 Nov 2006 Previously Oct 2006 **(*) dark traces in the red robe; game, meaty aroma, brambly berries and some high tone: not yet ensemble. The palate’s red fruit lacks some crispness. There is a dry texture late on – it isn`t especially rich given its tannins later on. Some end burn now. Leave until 2009, and this could get it together. 2015-17 Oct 2006

2003

ruby top, plum coloured centre to the robe. Has a comfortable nose that presents earthy, brooding, mocha and floral notes all well mixed, has a good oily depth to it. The palate is well charged, the texture smooth, runs along well. There is some density, but no vintage heat and baking. Kirsch flavours show on a bonny finale. The fruit rocks along here, which wasn’t the case with the vintage when young. The length is really solid, its persistence notable. 15.2°. “I am agreeably surprised – it is quite well balanced, is still fresh, “ Françoise Roumieux. 2024-26 Nov 2013

2001 ()

well set red colour; attractive bouquet - berries, a sweet touch in them, honey and a little almond. Palate also shows honeyed effect, is very round, with plenty of extra variety to come in time. A little closed now. Red berry fruit is a true Grenache show. Good, fresh finish, especially vis-à-vis recent vintages. Lasts well, this is balanced. Esp 2007-08 on. 2022-24 Oslo, December 2005

2000 ()

attractive dark red. Smoky bouquet, mocha in with dark fruits. The palate has a jam fruit, lightly peppered flavour, is quite straight in direction, the length decent. It just stops a bit at the three-quarter stage after some good early gras richness. Good, appealing wine. From 2007.  2018-21 March 2003

1999 No Rating

bottle 1 – “off”; there is a matt hue to the red robe, but it is burnt and uneven on the palate. Bottle 2: raises questions - light burn on the nose, funky and not clean aroma. Floral, bonny Grenache start – red fruit is typical. Flows well on the palate, at a good stage now vis-à-vis the palate. There are spiced red fruits, but the tannins are variable, shifty. Has defects, so hard to recommend it. Dec 2006

1998 ()

sound red, ruby robe. Has a pretty, herbal nose with an earthy backdrop and a bit of alcohol – is still fundamentally fresh. The palate debut is nice and harmonious, but it a bit stretched later on. It holds lissom red fruits, and is at a tender stage now. Has an outcrop of fungal or mushroom on the finish. Is at a crossroads between its first and second stage, and will have more boom, more flair in 2008. The length is OK. 2019-21 Dec 2006