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80-85% Grenache, 10-15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (all 1966), crushed & destemmed, 10-15 day vinification at up to 27-30°C, pumping overs, part vat empting/refilling, then 2-3 month concrete vat maceration, aged 50% 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks, 50% vat 9-10 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2007, 5,000 b

2013 ()

paler garnet-purple hue than most. Red and dark fruited nose with a hint of oak. There is a touch of oak on the palate, but the wine as a whole lacks a bit of definition. It finishes rather pinched and drying. The oak impinges on the fruit. 14.5°. From 2016. 2022-23 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

dark red; kirsch, soaked cherries and roast pork air – this is a sweet-centred nose that has sage and herbs present, plus caramel and oak. The palate revolves around ripe fruit, the texture suave. It shows basil notes towards the finish, licorice fillings. There is a small dark spot of savoury tannin on the end, with a touch of oak. Sound wine, its content a wee bit Spartan after half way. 14.5°. €14 at the cellars. From late 2014. 2020-21  Dec 2013

2011 ()

red, dark tints. Blackberry, meat gravy air with tea seasoning, smoky |Indian tea. The palate starts on grippy black fruit, date and raisin flavours, then a smoke-char exit from its oak. It is chunky form its oak rather than the vineyard. The oak is too charry, and interferes, which is a pity. From mid-2014 – time can only help. 14.5°. €14 at the cellars. 2021-22  Dec 2012

2010

three-quarter depth red; wide and reductive air, with raspberry fruit buried within – is so reductive that the main impression is brewed meat broth, and earthiness. Decant this, maybe three times. The palate gives live early fruit, spritz in it. The flavour is redcurrant with a pine, woodsy infusion. The finish is active, upright with a smoky garrigue presence. This lacks truly secure depth. From spring 2013, and hope that it gets its act together. 14.5°. 80% G, 15% Syr, 5% M this year. 2020-21 Dec 2011

2007 ()

dark tints in the red robe; clean-limbed, mulled red fruits aroma – it is a bit reserved, so there is a gap in transmission in its late stages. The palate starts on a red berry roundness – this offers cleanly struck fruit with some growing, rather dry tannins, though there is a ball of red fruit within. This needs time – from 2010 – it is upright now. There is a clean grain of fruit in it, has a very true Dentelles style, even down to the herbal pockets on the aftertaste. It will be more varied and interesting around late 2010-2011. 2016-17 Nov 2008