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50-75% Grenache, 20-50% Syrah, 0-3% Mourvèdre, 0-2% Cinsault (1970s-1980s) from Longue Toque (N-E), Les Platrières (S), Le Pourra (N-E, 350 metres), hand harvested, 75% destemmed, 15-20 day vinification up to 28°C, 3 daily pumping overs on Syrah, cap punching, Grenache receives part vat emptying/refilling, Grenache vat raised 18 months (has been 30% vat, 20% 1-2 year 600-litre oak cask raised 18 months), Syrah aged new-1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months (before 2012 aged 33% new, 67% 1-2-3 year oak 228-litre casks 18 months), unfined, filtered, 8,400-10,000 b

2018 ()

(casks/vat) dark red; the bouquet holds together well, with a definite display of raspberry, coulis style fruit, and sweet herbs. It engages easily. The palate is suave, flows well on a wave of red berry fruits with some tingle, some mineral precision, ending roundly. It’s an agreeable Gigondas, suited to a shoulder of lamb with rosemary, couscous, for example. 15°. 65% Gren, 35% Syr. €30.5 at cellars. From 2022. 2036-38 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(casks/vat) healthy dark red-black robe. The bouquet has a sweet, curvy presence, shows oily black fruits, mulled fruits with a note of beef stock. The palate is stylish, bears shiny black-fruited content, is always on its wave of gourmandise, the liqueur smoothness appealing. The tannins are well installed, ripe and polished. It lasts well, is quietly classy. 15°. 65% Gren, 35% Syrah. From 2021. 2039-40 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(concrete vat/casks) dark colour, black with some purple. The nose reveals an air of beef stock, black olives, intensity in its black fruits. There is a light note of oak. The palate is filled with dark, smoky, potentially tasty content, blueberry fruit and a cool tenor towards the finish, where there is black olives and black pepper moment. It has raw potential, carries detail, will be handsome. There is some oaking that brings vanilla into the flavour. This is a wine with a polished upbringing, but local notes on the border waiting to be released. The balance is sound. From 2021-22. 2036-38 Oct 2017

2015

(vat/casks) shiny dark red colour. The nose is clear, fruited with raspberry, red berries, offers typical Gigondas freshness and a hint of southern sweetness, all neatly on display. The palate continues the theme of freshness, bears crisp red fruits with a subtle sweet-salted tone towards the finish, and a tarred note on the aftertaste. The length is good. It runs with commendable directness, and is a lithe wine, best left until 2019-20 so it can fuse and amplify further. 2032-34 Feb 2017

2014 ()

(vat/oak casks, bottling May/June 2016) dark red robe. Loganberry, blackberry aroma on the first nose, a quiet interior sweetness, is neatly presented, has a hint of damp forest. The palate expresses soaked black berry fruits, with plenty of juice running around it; it develops oak, charcoal notes on the finish. Modern, rather swish; the length is sound, offers juice. 15°. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €21.50. From mid-2017. 2026-28  Dec 2015

2013 ()

full, dark robe. The bouquet has a deep, inky nature, presents airs of chocolate, sweet black raisin, blueberry fruit. The palate has a savoury style, carries simmered black berry fruit with oak right in the mix. The Syrah influence – fruit, colour and oaking – is prominent here. It drinks OK now, but there will be more spark of inspiration if it is kept. 15.5°. 8,800 b. Bottled 19 May 2015. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €21.50. From 2018. 2026-28  Dec 2015

2012 ()

(vat/oak casks, bottling May/June 2014) dark colour; raspberries aroma, with a little floral touch on the nose, herbs also. The bouquet is interesting and has the potential to vary. The palate holds liqueur plum fruit with a potent centre, gives a gasp of peppery concentration as it finishes. Still very much a cellar-provoked wine, is a clean and modern do, with that weight-heat on the finish, mixes two styles. Oak emerges on the finish. Decant this. From 2016. 13.5°. Very low Grenache, just 50% this year, with 50% Syrah. 10,000 b. €20. 2026-28  Dec 2013

2011 ()

(vat/oak casks) sound red robe. Has a biscuity, spiced raspberry liqueur fruit aroma – the nose is open, also offers licorice and black raisin. The palate has local character; there is a note of laurel in its red plum fruit, with Grenache foremost here. It runs along clear lines at the end, the length sound. It ends on a tea, snappy moment, but the content fades on the aftertaste. The fruit here is pure, good. From late 2014. 2024-25  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(vat/oak) dark robe; crunchy, nutty airs with the air of dark soil under Indian tea, dark chocolate influences. The palate gives a very inky, juiced blackberry flavour; the fruit runs like a dingbat, whoosh, leaving an impression all over the palate – the corners are covered. This has fire in its belly. There is a nutty, tannin aftertaste with prune, black fruit, crunch and glow. The fruit on the end is liquid. Stimulating, will leave an impression. From 2015. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2009

(vat/oak) bright, full robe. Liqueur, soaked cherries, stylish black fruit air, a tangy licorice. In style it is spotless, not local. Holds spruced up, clean black fruit with immediate drive that leads into a creamy-toned, oaked zone. Modern, international wine that has good juice in it. From 2014. 2025-27 July 2011

2008 ()

good, full, dark-centred robe. Has a smoky-topped, lucid air that reflects cedar and cigar box, dark black berry, licorice. The palate gives roast, savoury notes: this is healthy, tastes well, offers blueberry fruit, has light fungal moments. A very good 2008 – it has its line of freshness that works well. Excellent bistrot/restaurant drinking. 14°. 50-55% Gren this year. 2018-20  Nov 2013  Previously Dec 2009 ** (vat/cask) bright red, bit of black in the robe. Toasted, oaked debut to the nose, black fruit within, an incipient game, reductive tendency – plenty here. The palate is rather austere for now, but has possibilities. The black fruit is loosely juicy, could be fresher, but the length is fair, Toffee aftertaste for now. From spring 2011. 2017-18 Dec 2009

2007

steady red colour; red berry, loganberry fruit aroma that is nice and live, is inviting, coming with liqueur hints. Day 2: still well assured. The palate has a tangle of dark fruit and tannins that are mostly ripe, though another 18 months will help their integration. It is making its way well, has very good late clarity, a crisp finale, good length. 2022-23 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 *** (vat/cask) full, dark red with black traces. Has a black cherry liqueur aroma, an oily graciousness, the sweetness measured – it is modern in style, with licorice and some violet. The palate fruit has an alert nature, shifts along freely, and ends on a gently restrained curve. There is hint of scented tea in the aftertaste, plus oak toasting. From spring 2010. 2018-20 Nov 2008

2006 ()

steady, quite bright red. Simmered red fruits aroma, the fruit ripe and mature, gives a hint of liqueur and herbs, is well founded. Supple, three-quarter depth start to palate, with agreeable, fleshy bounty within, a secure sweet richness. Easy to drink, nice and round, tannins well implanted. Delivers a juicy message, accessible now. The fruit runs along quite persistently. 2015-16 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 *** (vat/cask) black colour at centre of dark robe. The nose shows peppered, quite crisp black fruits with some oiliness and bacon here. The palate starts with a taste of crème de cassis, and some tannic infusion to straighten it and provide extra length. Has quite round, well-established tannins late on, and closes on a herbal, Asian spice note. The length is OK. From mid-2009. 2017-19 Jan 2008

2005

Bottle 1 corked; Bottle 2: quite a full red plum colour; there is a lacing of rose and flowers within the red fruit aroma, herbs as well – it presents raspberry jam of a refined nature. The stone red fruit on the palate has a consecutive flow, is easily styled. This is not very full Gigondas, but it is gracious, its length is OK and it is fine-boned. One for the mainstream drinkers. 2017-18 June 2008

2003 ()

floral touches on the top of a solid bouquet – it is oaked, and shows promise. The early palate gras continues nicely, with a sound harmony at this early stage. Pretty, rounded fruit here. Good length. 2016-18 July 2005

2001

earthy, soaked and fundamental bouquet - it is airily aromatic also, with some red fruit and herbs also. The palate holds nice content, and comes with the vintage style and feel – a sinewed wine with a sound interior. From 2007. 2014-15 July 2005

1997 ()

dark, sound robe. The bouquet is harmonious, fairly warm, gives a hint of deep red berry fruit for now. This is open and straightforward on the palate, the length and content in order. It is typical and hasn’t been over extracted like some 1997s. Tannins emerge at the end. Has a little hidden depth. From 2002. Glénat & Fils the owners. 2010-13  April 1999

1994 ()

Domaine de Longue-Toque “Excellence”: this was probably vinified by Serge Chapelain, the old owner, for J Glénat, the new owner. Evident brown, tile colour. Farmyard, stewed plum aroma, soaked red cherries – griottes. The palate is rounded, low profile, but still drinks OK. Touch of late coffee and mint. June 2010

1993 ()

Domaine de Longue-Toque “Privilège”: brick tile, tuilé, brown plum colour; There is a hint of mushroom in the plum fruit aroma, but there is an underlying glow in the bouquet. The palate is slightly dusty on the outside, but the core contains a low-key red stone fruit flavour that is typical of mature Grenache. It holds up pretty well until a slightly heated finish – the heat reflects the hot soils of Longue Toque. 13.5°. 2015-16. "Raised and bottled by J.Glénat" on label. June 2010

1987

ruby, bright, pleasing appearance. Has a simmering red fruit aroma backdrop to the bouquet, a pretty ensemble. It is a wee bit dusty and there is the hint of something not quite right in the red jam airs. Tight red fruits on the palate – they come with a drying texture, and there is the suggestion of Brett here. Later – after one hour – it shows a bit more body, goes further along the palate. Drink now, but not a great example. Made in part by macération carbonique. March 2009