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50% Grenache (early 1970s), 50% Syrah (early 1980s) from stony clay with limestone soils, destemmed, cultured yeasts, 20 day vinification at under 30°C, only pumping overs 1-2 a day, steel vat raised 12 months, unfined, filtered, 6-12,000 b

2016 ()

(vat) dark, full robe, a good aspect. The nose is brightly fruited, comes with serene, appealing black fruits, a note of tea leaves, iodine present. The palate sequels very well, on a kind wave of black fruit that carries tasty and immediate appeal, with good bursts of life as it goes. The tannins fit in very well. There is a glove-like texture here, and notions of rosemary, the garrigue - making it a genuine, classy STGT wine, with sparkling purity. The finish is refined. 14.5°. 6,650 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. From late 2019. 2032-34 Feb 2018

2015 ()

red robe with a little intensity. The nose is stylish, authentic, gives a quietly warm, well-rounded aroma of raspberry and mulberry red berry fruit, with a likeable salted freshness. The palate delivers spiced red fruits with a handsome line of ripe tannin adding depth and a black-fruited darkness on the second half. This is STGT Vacqueyras, that has captured garrigue influences, but also the free freshness of the vintage. It’s absolutely authentic, and presents elegance, as well. Great with lamb cooked in rosemary, likewise veal. The aftertaste brings in a little white pepper. 14.5°. 7,000 b. From autumn 2017. 2025-27 March 2017

2014 ()

there is a subdued hue in the fairly dark red robe. The bouquet gives a red meat depth, and a hover of light floral perfume with its red stone fruits, as well as a strike of spice. The palate attacks on a broad front of dark berry fruit, with a deep black raisin presence, gets into sturdy zones. A full, unrestrained Vacqueyras. Its tannins require another 18 months to move inside the wine. This is close to STGT wine, a child of the garrigue. 14°. 6,000 b. From mid-2017. 2024-26  Dec 2015 

2011

shiny, sleek dark red. The nose is similar to the nose – it offers also sleek black cherry with an iodine note, light prune, thyme herbs. This can open the window and give variety over time. The palate bears polished black fruit with a peppery intake after half way. It ends on good grain, a fresh spot of powder tannins, with herbs present, flint. It has well-judged depth, no excess, so its balance is pretty good. It will be more openly fruited from mid to late 2014. It persists steadily. Fine, accomplished, modern wine. 15°. 7,000 b this year. €10 at cellars is VALUE. 2024-25  May 2013

2006

bright black robe; has a mild, pretty black fruit nose with a supple gourmandise in its air. The start is soft and gentle, marked by black berries, followed by a growing tannic presence as it goes. It is quite well woven, but needs time to complete that job. From late 2009, for instance. 2013-15 June 2008

2005 ()

a little advance on the top of the dark red robe; the bouquet carries varied aromas – olives, black fruits. The wine is big scale on the palate - it starts in a supple way, but the fruit that follows is still tightly gripped. Has a purposeful thrust, signalled by a trio of tannin, leather and black stone fruits. A touch of late dryness needs to be sorted out, and the aftertaste is “dark” at present. From 2010. 2016-18 June 2008