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50-90% Grenache (1956-59) from Cayron high in the Dentelles, 0-25% Syrah, 10-25% Mourvèdre (1930) from garrigue soils on Les Pigères, 10-45% destemmed, light crush, 40-42 day fermentation, daily pumping overs, cap punching, aged 0-33% new, 67-100% 1-2-3-4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12-13 months, then steel vat 5 months, fine lees worked on, no racking, unfined, unfiltered, 4,500-6,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark red colour; the bouquet is trim, well together, carries a gentle floral note with refined raspberry-blackberry fruit at its centre. The palate continues in homely fashion, has an elegant composition, that belies its inner depth. It holds prune fruit with a note of blackberry jam. The tannins are velvet-like, really tune in well. This has a calm, assured make-up, is serene, profound and enjoyable, the balance on the mark. 15.6°. 5,600 b. 76% Gren, 24% Mourv. €25 at cellars. From 2023. 2046-48 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(casks) dark robe, black tints. The bouquet is a big cocktail, could have come from North Africa, involves sweet oak and its toffee with crushed red fruits, mulled red berries. It has a black raisin ripeness, a sense of the heat of the vintage in it. The palate is copious, spiced, packed with dense, sweet concentration, has a thorough heart. It ends on the sweetness of its raising. Leave until 2023 for there to be a gap between its raising and its drinking. It’s going to take time to shake off the vintage effect, too. The longer the wait, the better. 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre. 2039-42 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks) quite a dark red, legs visible. The nose presents a true southern aspect via its baked fruits, black raisins, crushed nutshells, with dried soils and parched lands in the picture it evokes. The palate is spicy and darkly flavoured, bears thick juice, and really moves with confident intent all through, never a break in its step. The aftertaste climbs up, offers spice and red berry fruits in a rather triumphant close. There are salted flashes her and there. This is an interesting, potentially complex wine, not that evident, and requiring being left until 2021. 2035-38 Oct 2017

2015

full red. The bouquet is vigorous, comes with neat raspberry fruit within, some smoky power, good fresh cut, pot pourri dried flowers, violet. This is broad on the attack, rumbles along with a caramel and red berry succulence, thick tannins in play late on, a gummy close. It just keeps the lid on its strength. There’s texture in play here, with a full accumulation of gras richness. It’s sturdy down to its fingertips. The aftertaste is spiced, shows some of the baking of the vintage. “Its fruit is coming through,” Thiérry Faravel. Bottled May 2017. 4,500 b. 83% Gren, 17% Mourv. Raised 37% 5 year, 21% each 1-3-4 year casks. Take your time – from mid-2021. 2037-39 Feb 2018

2014

(casks) largely dark red robe. Smoke and salt feature on the first aroma, an inlay of crushed nutshells and dates, charcoal and toffee from its oak. It is an up-tempo kick-off. The palate bears enjoyable waves of black berry fruit, liberally offered. The oak sits alongside the late moments, and seems pretty well in step for the future. This may need as much as five years before it starts to show real fusion. Lots of good content lies at its heart. It is an international take on Gigondas for the moment: hence the longer the wait, the more local it will become. 15.1°. 5,000 b. €25 at the cellars. From 2020. 2031-34 Dec 2015  

2013 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: NOT ENOUGH CROP

2012 ()

(casks, bottling May 2014) dark red, some purple. The nose is cautious, shows an inner elegance, airs of small red fruits, sweet herbs. This is a good local, mixed bag of bouquet, and is heading for a stylish opening up around 2017-18. The palate also possesses a near floral complicity with its red fruit, the fruit a restrained plum fruit from its Grenache. It has a suave coating from its degree, with oak and chewiness as it ends, a pocket of crisp tang, rocky mineral there. Interesting wine, a touch of complexity – it has rock solid quality and finesse. From 2016. 15.5°. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv, 33% new oak, 6,000 b, €27 at cellars this year. 2027-29  Dec 2013

2011 No Rating

ONLY A LITTLE MADE

2010

(casks) dark robe. Has a licorice-blackberry front air which suggests an implicit sweet ripeness, and definite gras at its centre. This has direct, streamlined, sleekly modern fruit and texturing. It is young, not yet nuanced, and I find it made more by design than through the vineyard for now. There is an assertion that draws close to it being pushed along. It shows a chocolate-raisin-date density on the finish. Its encompassing tannins are gummy, toffee-like in style. A rich style of Gigondas with modern fatness; it needs plenty of time to shake off its preparation and move into more interesting, local waters, so leave until 2017. Otherwise for the obvious texture and fatness, drink from mid-2014. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2009 ()

full, dark red; there is a top note of flowers and herbs to the bouquet that offers sunny blackberry fruit and jam, and is accompanied by the smoke of its oaking. The palate is big, very thorough, sealed up in its richness, a wine to wait for. It needs leaving for 3 to 4 years. The oak influences the finish for now. The texture is oily within the oak. This will flourish if left. From 2015. 14.5°. 2027-29. No new oak this year, a change of approach (had been 28+% before) July 2011 Previously March 2011 ****(*) (bottling due Sept 2011) plum red- bright, dark traces. Solid nose – warm, oak-black jam traces. Expansive palate, the attack sets off on that front, picks up ripe tannin, shows late heat. More scale by definition than the classic Gigondas. Best to drink around 2016, say: it is a bit international now. There is lucid black fruit within that precedes a licorice end. Has a clear-cut exit. Needs time. 2027-29 March 2011

2007

85% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre this year; full red; redcurrant jelly aroma that is refined, has interesting depth, is a true reflection of local Grenache and plenty to come, aussi. Good, pure Grenache with fine tannins and a clear, fresh run to the finale – this is well-balanced and exudes a quiet Gigondas power and intensity. The tannins are biscuity for now. From mid-2011 – then it will be less on the oak. Inside the oak, its Grenache is STGT. 2022-24. 18% new Allier, 37% 1-year Vosges, 9% 2-year Vosges, 36% 3 year Vosges casks this year. Dec 2009

2006

steady red robe. Tannic, leather lining to the aroma – it is fruit-free at present, not got its cohesion. There is a little black fruit or prune ripeness. By Day 2 the oak is very assertive. Virile, pushy black fruit on the palate: has a steady core, but is not yet a formed whole. Ends rather suddenly, is all a bit taut, stretched. Try in 2010. Its acidity has to settle. There is decent gras at its core, so it can become more shapely. Discreet length. 14.5°. 2016-18 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 **(*) (casks) bit matt, quite full red; oaked, high tone aroma at first; comes in the modern style with red cherry of a sleek, not local, air about it. Red fruit – baked Grenache taste - at the start of the palate, but today the oak imposes with real insistence, and puckers the mouth. Has fair core richness, but is inaccessible now. Too much oak for true balance, I fear. There may be a restricted window of harmony as one waits for the oak to absorb – say 2011-14 to drink this, since it s fruit is under threat from the trees. Can only get better, as they say. 2015-17 Jan 2008

2003 ()

pretty red; very refined bouquet - red fruits, garrigue, herb, some chocolate. Great, instant appeal on palate, then it grows and extends well. Delightful fruit, supplemented tannic/oak combo on final zone. Good length, good balance. Esp 2007/08 on, but fruit quality allows drinking before. Thorough, classy wine with a very smooth texture. Combines Gigondas depth with revised, clean winemaking. 2016-18 Copenhagen, October 2005 Previously July 2005 **** big, ripe, rounded bouquet, oak in background. Good, rich departure on palate, presents a black fruit, olive style flavour, the oak has been taken in its stride, the wine is rich enough to handle it. Pretty wine, combines good weight with flair. 2014-16 "The oak has throttled back in the last three months." T.Faravel Previously March 2005 **** (pre-bottle) meaty, solid bouquet, black fruit with sprinkle of pepper. Tight-knit fruit on attack, mature berries and agreeable richness come along later on. Chocolate, prune, tannic finale. Good wine, sturdy drop. Esp 2007 on. 2014-16 March 2005 52% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 23% Syrah

1999

70% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre this year: there are animal, Mourvèdre influences on the nose, but the fruit is clear, clear cherry. The palate is attractive, true and long. It offers good red cherry fruit, and this reflects a new, cleaner style than previously, not one that is overdone. The finish is dry from its oak, but it has enough guts for the oak. Esp good around 2007. 2015-17 Nov 2002