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50-60% Grenache, 40-50% Syrah from clay-limestone soils on Fontbonne & La Bérarde, destemmed, 3 week vinification, at least 4 part vat emptying/refillings, steel vat raised 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, wide, heavy bottle, 12-13,660 b

2018

(steel vat) matt-hued quite dark red colour; the nose is very brewed, has a charcoal, sweet tone which fails to convince, isn’t as one. The palate is droopy, lacks freshness, and its spiced content is on the baked side. Old school Vacqueyras here: drink it soon, with stews. 14°. 13,300 b. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €14.20. From 2021. 2027-28 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(steel vat) dark red, matt aspect; the nose has a grilled nature, walks on the wild side, with a cooked plum centre, Christmas box of spices. The palate has a rather seared nature, with stretching in its delivery, meaning it tones down radically on the finish as the cellar elements prevail, drying it. It’s an exerted, very stylised Vacqueyras, which you either like or dislike, no in-between. Drink with stews, thickly flavoured dishes. 14°. 13,330 b. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €14.20. From 2022. 2032-34 Feb 2020

2016

(steel vat) dark red. The nose is brewed, bears a thick black berry fruit aroma with notions of chocolate. There’s lurking black pepper, black olives in the background. The palate is on muscled inner strength, even if the outer is coated, and slides along well. This has a broad, sustained finish, with lip-smack on the aftertaste. Grounded, de la terre wine here. Decant it. 14°. 13,250 b. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. From mid-2020. 2032-34 Feb 2018

2014

the robe is a dark red, has a deep centre. There is grilling on the nose, a subdued issue of black berry fruit from within, and a lurking reduction that necessitates decanting. The palate sets off on shapely dark fruit with a little smoky tannin inset. The finish is clear, has a note of charcoal and menthol. Safe Vacqueyras, a little restricted but honest. Good with beef, for example. From mid-2016 to allow more ease on the finish. 14°. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. 2021-22  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

(steel vat) dark crimson-purple hue. The nose is spicy, with Syrah to the fore. The palate offers red fruits and spice, and is juicy and fruit-filled. It has a tiny but fine tannic frame. Good balance here. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €8.20 export. Drink from end 2015. To 2020  JL Dec 2014

2011 ()

healthy dark robe. Has a brewed, broad nose which suggests red meat droplets, toffee notes, comes with a good, confident depth. The palate is attractive, with near rose scenting; the spicing is consistent through it, and it extends well. Fluid, rather dense black fruit comes along. Promising wine of good style and depth and tasty fruit. Unpretentious. 14.5°. €12. 2022-23  May 2013

2007 ()

sturdy, full robe; big-fill bouquet – chocolate, black jam with a dense sweetness. Honest, rather gutsy wine that comes with a sustained run of prune, black fruits flavouring, ending roundly. It is a little plain and obvious, but does OK. To 2015. July 2010