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98% Grenache, 2% Syrah from red clay, galet stone soils on Pied Redon (S-E), pre-fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 5 week vinification, cap punching, steel vat raised 15 months, unfined, unfiltered, 2,000 b

2010

(vat) full robe; wide nose that shows brewed black fruits with a chocolate, date-like centre – the brewed air is foremost. The palate is also broad, chunky, square. There is a lot of tar-chocolate darkness in it. In the later stages it declares a southern sweet fullness, and is broad there. Quite traditional in concept, a big Châteauneuf that keeps going with no hidden or coy parts, all the cards are on the table. There is a hint of power at the end; a genuine wine here. From 2014. €25 at the cellars. 2027-30 Dec 2011