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80% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, 5-10% Mourvèdre (av age 45 years) from clay-limestone, some sandy soils on Les Jardinières (N-W), Santa Duc (N-W), Les Grames/Les Teyssonnières (N), hand cropped, 28-32 day Syrah vinification, 3 week Grenache & Mourvèdre co-vinification, some bleeding juice off the skins (saignée) to concentrate it, 80-90% destemmed, manual cap punching, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, enamel-lined concrete vat raised 24-36 months, then can be raised large barrel or vat a further 8-10 months, total 36-48 months, unfined, filtered, 7,000-15,000 b

2018 ()

(vat) dark red; the bouquet gives a sunny little curve of blackberry, a gentle rose note attached. It holds well. The palate runs smoothly, with tasty, soft black fruits, pastille-like flavours, the tannins a good fit. This is pleasing Gigondas, a natural display of supple, aromatic content at its heart. The aftertaste is well juiced. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €16 at cellars. From 2022. 2037-39 Feb 2020

2017

(vat) dark robe; the nose has a soaked red cherries, griottes, lead air, a jelly-style presence in the fruit. It will please sweet toothers. The palate comes with a raspberry liqueur, Kirsch flavour, is a bit on the octane side – you can sense the sun bouncing off the hot lands. The finish is charged, pushy for now. It hangs on to some of its juice there, with a beefy thrust as it signs-off. This is vigorous, for stews. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2021. 2037-39 Oct 2018

2015 ()

(vat) medium depth red robe. The bouquet has a rounded air of black berry fruits, with a sweet, southern heartbeat. Its density is agreeable. The palate strides out well via its rolling black fruits, blackcurrants, with supple tannins well in step. The finish is well-juiced, with some minor crunch from the tannins. It’s an authentic Gigondas. From late 2018. 2034-36 May 2017

2014 ()

(vat, bottling late 2016) pretty dark red robe. An air of raspberry liqueur is prominent on the nose, with a flash of cassis. It is a bright and bouncy start. The palate runs with liberal, expressive red berry fruit, and a smoky hover from its grainy, on the go tannins. It could be a mite longer, but that is the vintage. This is typical Gigondas with likeable abandon, freedom. 14.5°. 15,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €13.20. From 2018. 2028-30  Dec 2015

2013 ()

this is corked, but I tasted through that: shiny, good red robe. Nicely oily aroma, black stone fruits, prune – it is broad, has a pine-bosky breeze. There’s Grenache assertion on the palate, is firm, with multiple spice threads, good drive in a raw state. The tannins push forward from inside the smoky content; this has a warm lands firmness of content. It’s certainly a ***(*) wine if in the correct shape. 14.5°. Bottled 8 Dec 2016. Oct 2017  Previously Dec 2015 *** (vat, bottling late 2016) dark robe. Has a cosy, nicely filled aroma led by genuine airs of Grenache cooked prune fruit, accentuates some sweetness. The palate offers early richness with a little dry bite in its tannins. It travels quite far, has some raw drive, ends with glow. Still at an unformed stage. It could have more class, and I’m not sure how truly clean it is. 15°, which is noticeable on the charged finish. 9,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €13.20 at the cellars. From 2018. 2028-30  Dec 2015  Previously Dec 2014 *** (vat) purple-garnet colour – lighter at the rim. Creamy, red berry nose with notes of herbs. The palate flavour centres on plum and kirsch, the tannins chewy and tough on the finish. This is fleshy but rustic. 14.5°. From mid-2016. 2023-25 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

(vat, bottling Sept 2015) dark red; there is a bonny coulis style richness in its plum fruit air, comes with orange zest, some cooked fig and black raisin extra ripeness. The palate presents unfinished business: its fruit is lithe and Grenache-centred, with an ample, free display of pepper and cinnamon before a drier finish. The tannins stand outside on the aftertaste. From 2016, but especially around 2019-20 it will be on form. 14.5°. 7,000 b. €14 at the cellars for the 2009 in late 2013. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. 2028-30  Dec 2013

2011

(vat) medium red robe, legs. Mulled red fruits, thyme notes, some sweet toffee airs, crust of tart, black raisin: quite a big bouquet. The palate starts sweetly, similar to the nose; it has a chicken broth, red jam flavour. There is a small cluster of tannin  at the end. Has local feel. Can be tasty from 2014. Has an unpretentious style, is honest wine suited to stews. 15°. €7.90 export. 2025-27  Dec 2012

2009 ()

red Grenache heart to the robe. There is an air of sucrosity on a curvy red jam nose, which offers an easy welcome. The palate connects well to the nose. There is a good, gradual build-up of tannins. Has local feel, comes with the cut of herbs and flinty stones, and extends with grace. The fresh ending is a high card to play. Good, complete wine with a tangy aftertaste. I like its understated sense of purpose. From 2014. 2031-33. €7.90 export price. July 2011

2008 ()

(vat) pale red. Red cherry, sweet and not especially convincing nose – it lacks variety, shows a sticky sort of fruit. The palate also has a sweet start, lacks cut and surfs on a minor wave. A wine of limited horizon. It glows at the end, builds up some heat there. From late 2010. 2019-21 Dec 2009

2007

(bottled one week) full red robe. Copious, squeezy fruit in a supple, liqueur-style nose that offers bounty and has sweet-herbal notes. Nicely complete palate, comes with a smooth texture, gains in tannic grip towards the finish. It rounds out well overall. Good quality and poise. From mid-2012. 2028-30 March 2011 Previously Dec 2009 ***(*) quite dark robe. Restrained nose, but a promising one – murmur of blackberry jam, with violet trim attached – it is quite ripe but doesn`t show that obviously. It is hearty on Day 2. Clear, good and typical fruit present on the palate – has the fresh influence of the later zone here, clear-cut tannins lining the sides. A purposeful wine, not one for the sweet-tooth brigade. Correct length – it still needs 20+ months, is tucked up for now. Late tang of black fruit. 2026-28 Dec 2009

2005 ()

(vat) dark black, cherry colour. Very full nose – meaty, red meat, red fruits aroma, has options. The top air is potent, has a chunky Gigondas nature. The palate has a bountiful, persistent berry flavour, heady to an extent. Very young, a bit raw power wine by design. Oak on the finish is not overdone. Modern in style, but not excessive. Good and chunky, I like its persistence. From mid-2009. 2024-26 Nov 2006