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65-80% Grenache, 15-20% Mourvèdre (1966), 0-20% Syrah from clay-limestone soils, crushed & destemmed, 21-25 day sous marc vinification at up to 27-30°C, pumping overs, part vat empting/refilling, aged oak vat/1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with refined red meats, cheese, chocolate dessert” first wine 2007, 1,200-3,000 b

2018

(casks) quite a full red robe; the nose is copious, carries an intensity of sunshine in its dark berry fruit, with smoky, leafy sideline. The palate attacks on soaked black fruits, has a core of steady richness, is plump, rolling wine. Its coating is smooth, but it’s close to fruit bomb territory. The length is fair, with a pocket of late, creamy menthol, then a glow of power on the aftertaste. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. From 2022-23. 2039-41 Feb 2020

2015 ()

dark red colour. The bouquet is from the deep south, with black raisin, the concentration of hot sun, prune and date on the agenda. It has an inky depth. The palate is robust, well-filled, the content tightly packed but retaining a Gigondas cool. The finish spreads widely with a brothy, brewed, compressed black fruit assertion in what is a solid close. This is a stylised wine through the design of the vigneron, but it is thorough, and up to red meats, game. The oak is mostly subdued, just apparent on the aftertaste. 14.5°. From spring 2018. 2024-26 June 2017

2014

(casks) shiny dark red robe. The bouquet is gourmand, presents a fat, rounded air of black cherry fruit, notes of cold tea leaves and laurel. The palate bears sweet-toned cassis fruit, which intensifies towards the finish. The tannins are soft, and the shape is therefore rounded, like a weighted bubble. It has a certain stately quality, but I wouldn’t want to drink a lot of it: more cut is needed. 14.5°. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. 3,000 b. €13.50 export. From mid-2017. 2023-24  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) purple-garnet hue, lighter at the rim. Herbs and red fruit aromas show on the nose, with an overlay of oak. Oak rather overwhelms the fruit on the palate. There is just not enough content to carry the wine. It is chewy and drying on the finish. 14.5°. 2,000 b. €20. From 2016. 2022-23  JL  Dec 2014

2012

(casks, bottling in one week) dark robe; spiced, chocolate, rather vegetal aspect on the nose with black raisin, oak-pine – the bouquet is rather stern. There are crisp, clipped sides to the palate, the fruit steely, the tannins tight and taut. The finish is charry and on the stretch. This is cutting, heated, very cellar-influenced, and its fruit lacks definition. From mid-2015. 14.5°. €14 at cellars. 2,000 b. 2020-22 Dec 2013

2010 ()

(casks) dark, shiny, bold robe; has a wide, streamlined air – a full bouquet with a bundle of smoky oak on top that makes it charry, intense, has a beef stock depth. The palate is modern, sculpted with oak and press button equipment. Blackberry fruit lies within, but the oak is prevalent. It extends with gras, so all is not lost for the oak to absorb. Exits on cherry, black olives. Overtly modern, not overtly Gigondas. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% M this year. 2027-28 Dec 2011

2007

full, quite dark red robe; the outer bouquet is oaked, charcoal delivered, while inside there is medium-depth, shapely fruit. The palate gives cassis fruit, but at present the oak is on top, and the wine is not local. Quite robust width at the end – leave it until 2011 so the oak can be better absorbed. I find the oak restricts the pleasure of this, and also shortens the drinking window. The length is correct. 2016-17. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv this year. Nov 2008