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65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault from Pallières (N-E), hand harvested, whole bunch fermentation, 4 week vinification, 2 daily pumping overs, 3 cap punchings, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 1-5 year 228 & 600-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, 4-8,000 b

2015 ()

(casks) quite a dark red colour. The bouquet mixes pine with dark red berries, mulberry fruit that has an underlying sweetness. It’s pretty deep. The palate is oaked, with a free flow of dark berry fruit, and some late salty tang that is a little cutting. The oak isn’t fully fused as yet. This travels with some gusto, is a bonhomme of a wine, no pretence in the glass. Drink with stews, for instance. 14.5°. From mid-2018 to allow further distance  from the cellar. 2025-26 Apr 2017

2013 ()

(casks, bottling Nov 2016) full, very dark, shiny robe. The bouquet is abundantly oaked, with a well upholstered hammock of gourmand black cherry fruit, plenty of abundance. The palate is also vastly oaked, with waves of black fruit present. Very much two feet in the cellar here. Where’s it going to go? For ultra modernists who adore oak. It has very much the feel of a special cuvée, with distance from the vineyard as it stands, just flashes of its origins here and there within the oaking (tasted blind). 14°. 4,000 b. €17. From 2019-20. 2026-27  Dec 2015 

2012

(casks) dark, some purple in the robe. Drifts of oak and rosemary run across the glass, an air of small black berries. The palate is closed in by tight, oaked tannins, a lot of late grain and dry-toned flint chewiness. This misses the mark, needs more established fruit and gras richness, and less oak. I am not sure it can get out of the Oak Gaol over time. Decant it. From late 2015. 14°. €15.50 at the cellars. 5,000 b. 2021-22  Dec 2013

2011 ()

dark red. A drift of oak smoke hangs above a fat, ripe black fruit aroma with local feel beyond the oak. This is sturdy, complete, grounded Gigondas with oak supplying support on the second half. It is a bit plain just now, and needs three years to ease, vary and open. The finish is stern, via a concentration of oak that squeezes juice out of the wine. 14°. 2023-25  Dec 2012

2006 ()

2 bottles tasted, 1st corked. 2nd bottle: nicely full red robe. Liqueur of red fruits aroma, assertive raisin and smoke in it. Mature fruit on the palate, has a bosky, resinous nature. Ends on tar, charcoal (oak) which come along very fast and dominate it, make it curl up. Tastes overdone for now. Leave until 2010 at least. 2017-19 Nov 2008