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The Wines

some own rented vineyard, and purchased wine from 80% northern zone (Gervans, Tain, Mercurol), 20% southern zone inc Pont de l’Isère, Chanos Curson, raised 2-8 year 225-litre & 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, fined, filtered, “aimed at restaurant trade”, 13,200 b

2015 ()

dark red robe. The nose gives a blackberry aroma and has a thick depth, is lightly floral, quietly round, shows tar. This drinks softly, openly, holds easy gras, fat. A supple approach has been taken here, and it is slightly under its bottling on the second half – it was bottled two months ago, Aug 2016. The length is correct. This is straightforward, a bit basic. 13°. To 2023 Oct 2016

2014 ()

dark red robe. This has a lively nose led by blackberry fruit, a light floral drift behind. The palate is neatly packaged, holds engaging black fruits with a low-key sweetness on the finish. It is pretty genuine. 13°. 2020-21 Apr 2016

2012

(bottling Jan 2014) quite a full red; the nose has a steady depth, spiced notes, black berry, a wee note of stewed fruits, very light reduction. The palate bears lucid fruit, has tar and grip, closes firmly. Sound content here, a decent, workmanlike wine. From late 2014. 2018-19  Nov 2013

2010

dark robe, traces of spritz; an oaked firmness serves as a backdrop to a tight-knit black fruit nose, that comes with grain, dust also. The palate is stiff from its oak, with a smoky tenor; the fruit needs to soften and absorb its oak. Fair quality. Leave a little to fuse the oak. From 2013. 2017-18  May 2012

2009 ()

quite full red; red berry air, smoke and licorice accompany that. The palate has correct upright features from the northern zone, with a good black berry heart, extending to a grainy conclusion. Quite typical, it rolls along steadily. Nice length. To 2017. June 2011

2007

red with purple traces, not that full a robe; has a rather supple red fruits aroma with a quiet grain of tannin alongside, a granite precision. The palate has the inherent snap of its place, with a gunflint in the red fruit, almost the cut that the schist gives. A take your time wine – from late 2010. Red fruit will gradually emerge from its rocky surround. This will be an austere wine for the sweet tooth group of drinkers. 2015-16 Nov 2009