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95-98% Syrah, 2-5% Grenache (1960s) from Pallière et Pied-Gu, Les Blâches at 250 metres, lime, limestone soils, pre-fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 5 week vinification, manual cap punching only, aged 1-year 228-litre oak casks 24 months (up from 15 months until early 2010s), unfined, filtered, first wine 2008, 600-2,400 b

2015 ()

(casks) dark red colour. The nose is pretty free, bears a mix of varnish from oak and red berry such as raspberry fruit. It’s a solid start, even if it isn’t very typical of Gigondas. The palate resounds with a savoury flavour of red fruits with the varnish of oak closely attached. There is a little dabble of garrigue herbs such as rosemary within. It’s a wine for specific palates, not those used to the usual Gigondas. Leave until 2020 so the oak fuses more, and allows its tasty moments to move further forward. 2029-31 Feb 2017

2013

(casks) has a very full robe. The nose carries oak and melted chocolate from the oak, a backdrop of some rich black berry fruit, a light note of violet, a sub text of raspberry. The palate is charged, oaked of course; there is vigour in its dark fruit, and the content is sleek. It stands in the cellar now. From 2020, no point in trying it before then. It doesn’t follow a local path. 14°. 95% Syr, 5% Gren. 600 b. €22. 2028-29  Dec 2015 

2010

(casks) full and dark robe. The nose is scaled up, almost offering blood droplets, expresses a feral intensity and swirls of oak, black truffle and damp soil feature. The palate is broad and filled; it is weighty, but keeps moving, boosted by a successful menthol clarity on the aftertaste, where smoke-oak and tar also figure. It has a curved bucket load of dark fruit flavour. There is life in its tannins. A wine for the full-on school, needing big flavour dishes as well – game, stews, daube etc. It is high octane but not OTT on power, over the top, so at €12.50 export is correctly priced. From 2015 2032-34 Dec 2011

2008

(casks) quite full red; tangy oak first air – behind there is a meat gravy, beef stock, animal influence. There is a prickly bout of acidity right on the lead of the palate, and this note continues. It ends on a soft, rather evolved note. I suspect a low SO2 use wine here. It has matter, shows cocoa on the last taste. Not really stable yet. Better to judge after bottling. From late 2018. 2018-19 Dec 2009