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80% Grenache (1950s-1960s), 20% Syrah from 3 hectares on Fontbonne site on Les Garrigues, limestone, plus clay, hand harvested, 90% destemmed, 28-32 day Syrah concrete vat vinification, 3 week Grenache concrete vat vinification, 80% destemmed, some manual cap punching, pumping overs, steel vat raised 12 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2003, 7-13,000 b

2018

dark red, pale rim to the robe. The nose stands up straight, shows a red cherry, close to kummel presence. There are ash-cendré and herbes de Provence airs above it. The palate reflects its place, has a good stone-fruited content with spark from within in the tannins, good length. It’s rugged, local, has muscled strength. The aftertaste is still rocky, perhaps there have been stems included here. Classic winter-autumn drinking here. 14.5°. 10,660 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €10.80. From 2022, decant it. 2036-38 Feb 2020

2017 ()

dark red colour; the bouquet has a gravy air, a savoury aspect, cooked plums, a little grilling and dried herbs. The palate is spiced, muscular, fibrous, releases cautious red fruit juice in the late stages, has a note of iron in it. There is a glow of power on the aftertaste. It’s still working towards fusion, so leave until 2022. 14.5°. 9,330 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €10.80. 2037-39 Feb 2020

2016 ()

robe turning towards matt, quite a dark red is. The nose gives a blackberry aroma that isn’t very fresh, is static and on the sweet side. The palate does most of its work on the attack, with a sweet rather pastille like content; it fades towards the finish, is dull. 15°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. To 2021 Feb 2018

2015

(vat) sober red robe. The nose has a sweet air, with pine and varnish notes in with its mulled red berry fruits. The palate moves along loosely, gives some juicy, even liqueur fruit at first, with spiced, tarry content and a prune flavour on the close, where there is a drop off in its content. This has a traditional style, with the tannins a little on the raw, dry side. 14.5°. 10,000 b. €10 at the cellars. From mid-2018. 2025-26 March 2017

2014 No Rating

(vat) dark red colour. The nose is lightly grilled, backed by mild red berry fruit such as strawberry jam. It isn’t completely lucid. The palate is downbeat, with a little red fruit flavour, but all on a limited scale. This is tame, overtly traditional Vacqueyras, and there is a sense of fermentation in it. 2nd sample: lot of gas on the palate, while the content is pinched, the finish dry. Can’t be rated today. 14.5°. 7,000 b. €7.80.  Dec 2015

2013

medium crimson colour, lighter at the rim. Fresh, red berry, cherry notes on the nose. This is repeated on the palate, with a hint of violet as well. Juicy, but is a touch on the lean side. The tannins are powdery, the finish a bit short. 14.5°. From spring 2015. 2018-19 JL Dec 2014

2012

(vat) full robe. Roasted, fruit tart aroma, cassis and melted chocolate – the bouquet is a Big Do. The palate gives some successive waves of coated mulberry and loganberry fruit, with a ping of mint clarity. This travels widely, has lots of gras richness and fluid richness. It sustains solidly, with a proper inset of tannins in support on the finish. It flirts with sweetness. From late 2015. 14.5°. 9,000 b. 2023-24  Dec 2013

2011 ()

the robe is showing signs of matt in its hue, has plum red in it. The first, immediate aroma is one of strawberry jam – there is a fortissimo air of that, along with laurel and rosemary smudges. The palate is already marching on; this has an obvious, rather worked, commercial fat, a kind of flattering but not convincing content. Tar shows on an abrupt finish. There is a loss of appeal and cohesion on the finale, where it also dries. Stews, pies with this, but I can only hope it may gain with more time in the bottle. 15°. 7,000 b this year, a low crop. €9. 2018-19  May 2013

2010 ()

full-up robe. The aroma is chunky, wide, really filled in, has muscled depth and almost reflects baked fruits. The palate reflects the nose – it is chunky, complete, takes on slightly chalky tannins at the end. A cussed sort of wine – “take me on my terms”, as it were. Decant this grounded, Big Operator. There is some revival of its juice on the aftertaste, plus a note of herbs. 15°. Don`t be afraid of decanting. 2020-22 Feb 2012

2009

red plum robe. Supple, plum fruit air, pretty and sweet – beckons well. The palate is sweet-noted, easy to like, has a circular shape, and picks up ripe tannins as it goes. It is in the current vein for relaxed, tranquil wines – and works well on that front. “Our objective is also a wine for foods, but also one that drinks earlier than our Gigondas,” Anne-Marie Gaudin. 2019-20 March 2011 Previously July 2010 *** (vat) mainly full red; Grenache raspberry fruit lead air, the fruit ripe and bringing baked stones, garrigue with it – it is slightly more advanced than some 2009s already. The palate has a soft debut, presents a ball of fruit early on. It is not especially nuanced I feel, but has potential grace. Ends on briar, herbal notes, is authentic. 2018-20 July 2010

2008

timid, pale robe; lightly scented, airy nose that lacks real gusto and depth. The palate is mild and uninteresting, short on depth and fruit run – the red fruit is pedestrian. There is a little late lip smack. Drink soon wine. To 2013. July 2010

2007

full, black-purple robe; there is a grilled top air to the bouquet, that holds filled-in black fruits, loganberry as well. It is a nutty, shade oaked, robust nose. There is good, gourmand and persistent black fruit on the palate; there is really good juice in it, so that even with its ripe tannins it can be drunk now, with food. Esp mid-2010 onwards. To 2016. July 2009