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80-100% Mourvèdre (1950s), 0-20% Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache from N facing limestone, marl soils on Le Plateau, pre-fermentation crop cooling, whole bunch fermentation, crushed, 13 day concrete vat vinification at 28°C, wild yeasts, gentle part vat emptying/refilling, aged 1-7 year 500-litre & 600-litre oak casks 24 months, malo in oak, unfiltered, first wine 2016, heavy bottle, 2,100-2,400 b

2018

(casks) dark red; the bouquet shows soaked fruits, has a peppery presence, brambly fruit, with a red berry jam, dried herbs accompaniment. The palate runs suavely, has a little charge that leans it towards eau de vie, the fruit clear-cut, stylish. The finish is chewy, concerted, well encircled with fine, crisp tannins. It’s a well tuned, calm Gigondas, correctly fresh. 14.5°. 2,133 b. 100% Mourv. €42. From 2023. 2042-44 Feb 2020

2017

(casks) dark robe; the nose is sizeable, wide, on a grilled, black olive mixture, a crunch of dark chocolate. The palate strikes firmly and well, delivers its black cherry fruit with flair and abundance. The texture is silken, and the degree is under control. This is a full, long wine for a large glass, and roast game dishes. It carries a southern imprint on the closing moments. Its oak needs time to fuse: from 2022.14.5°. 100% Mourvèdre. Decant it. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(casks) good dark red robe. The bouquet is clearly fruited, rustles up blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a spot of licorice, some dark coffee, toffee. There is a cool note, almost citrus, as well. The palate gives enjoyable fruit that glides along well, shows the finesse of the vintage, builds an increase in power towards the finish. Under the surface lurks some reality of strength, insistence, in its dark cherry-fruited content: velvet outside, iron inside. There is thickness from its oaking, and for now it’s a cellar-led wine. 14.9°. 2,400 b. 80% Mourv, 20% Syr. From 2022 so it can move towards more local expression. 2038-40 Oct 2017