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70-80% Grenache (1950s-early 1970s), 15-25% Syrah (mid 1970s-early 1980s), 5% Mourvèdre (mid 1970s-early 1980s) from east-west facing clay-limestone soils, pre-fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 3-5 week vinification, cap punching, pumping overs, 50% concrete vat, 50% large barrel & used 600-litre oak cask raised 12-15 months, fined, unfiltered, 6-8,000 b

2017

(vat/casks) sombre, dark robe. Lamb stock, savoury airs lead the nose, has a musky sweetness, a note of black pepper. The palate comes with loose content, moves here and there on red stone fruits with slightly dry tannins in tow – they need work. The aftertaste is rocky, out on its own. The balance could be better. Decant it. From 2022. 2033-35 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat) dark red, some black tints. Has a Bovril, beef stock style, savoury opening aroma, with a sweet, firm foundation of smoky blackberry, bilberry fruit. The palate offers a tight run of black fruits with kind juice within, smokiness entering after the mid-point. The aftertaste shows charcoal, tarriness. This has a sound foundation of content, and just needs to assimilate its finish, where there is a little glow of heat. It’s a pretty genuine Gigondas, has a hand made feel. From 2020. 14°. 6,000 b. €17. 2034-36 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(steel vat) full, dark red robe. The bouquet is sumptuous, packed with a ripe and rich fruit aroma, a soaked, almost “high” black fruits style, with some damp connotations. It’s a broad start. The palate bears fleshy, savoury content with squeezy gras at its centre. The finish gives a little floral interlude that aids its elegance, the length sound. It’s an open, cards on the table Gigondas. From mid-2018. 2030-32 Feb 2017

2014 ()

(vat) dark colour; the bouquet has an air of beef stock, close-knit black berry fruit, definite grunt factor. It is broad and pretty well sustained. The palate is well juiced, holds vibrant fruit, has good depth and supple gras at its heart, travels securely to the finish. Appealing, natural Gigondas, STGT thanks to a genuine freshness, a blast of coolness, on the finish. 14°. 6,000 b. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. €15. From 2018. 2028-30  Dec 2015

2013 ()

(vat) purple-garnet robe, which is lighter at the rim. The nose gives red and dark berry aromas. The palate is juicy, fresh and clean, holds marked acidity. The tannins are firm and long on the finish. This is powerful, long and linear, and will merit some bottle age. 14.5°. Down from 8,000 b to 6,000 b. €15 at the cellars. From 2017. 2027-28  JL Dec 2014

2011

(vat) healthy red robe, very Grenache. Easy facility bouquet – it is grapey, smoky, has a red fruit and herbs air, is inviting, and can vary over time. The palate gives mild red fruit, is easy going, has supple tannins, is close to ready. Enjoyable, early wine. It signs off on pepper, smoke, extra depth, has decent length. Attractive, unforced Grenache at its heart, is local, has charm, the fruit is simple but persists quite well. 14°. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% M, €15 at the cellars this year. 2021-22. Dec 2012

2010

(vat) dark, sustained robe; blackberry and pepper, strongly spiced aroma that has bosky, chalky snap in it. There is the lurking ripeness of dates and black raisin within. A good mix on the nose. The palate reflects the cut of the nose via its crisp and breezy nature; its fruit travels freely, reaches out well. A purposeful gang of late tannins contribute life and energy. Very long, lots of potential. From 2014. 14°. 2031-34 Dec 2011

2009 ()

rather full red. Charming nose, has a honeyed softness, pliant raisin airs. There is good elegance in the palate fruit, which ticks over well. The tannins are demanding on the finish, but the wine is on the right track. It closes on tarry licorice, with roundness in the texture. The balance is pretty good. From spring 2013. 14.5°. 2021-23 March 2011

2008

some dark traces in the robe suggest amounts of Syrah. Black cherry, tight fabric nose, hints of liqueur – it is not yet varied, has elements of nut, dust. The palate gives the impression of a firm approach used in the cellar, with ambitions for scale in the wine. Possible inclusion of 2009? It is not quite cohesive. From 2013. 2019-20 July 2011

2007 ()

full red robe. Reductive, brewed aroma – mix of black fruit and game, a touch hang-dog. The palate is also on the gamey side of town; the taste involves toffee, black fruit, sweet raisin, continues with purpose. Has a discreet set of tannins. The palate is clear, but the nose needs air, so decant. Locally authentic wine, with good, quiet late punch and tang. From late 2010. 2019-20 Dec 2009