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80% Grenache (1950s), 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre from gravelly limestone-marl soils at 340 metres on Notre Dame des Pallières, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, micro oxygenation, raised 80% concrete vat, 20% 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 12-14 months, filtered, rising from 5,500-8,000 b

2018

(concrete vat/casks) dark red; the bouquet lies low, but will come forward, has intimations of herbs, damson plum, sweet strawberry. The palate leads on pure red fruit, with mild, fine powder tannins, an overall roundness. It has an aromatic thread, and the style is for easy, rather early drinking – a rather New Wave Gigondas. Carbonic gas is in evidence for now. 14.5°. 8,000 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €13 at cellars. From 2021. It’s “pretty”, low register, slightly simple Gigondas. 2031-33 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(concrete vat/large barrel) bright dark red colour; the nose has a sweet, toffee-noted aroma with a mulberry, raspberry coulis backdrop. It’s a plump start. The palate holds gracious, rolling gras richness with pepperiness through it, ending a little dry and spiced, rocky. There’s dark black berry, cassis fruit eking its way out on the finish. 14.9°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2021. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks, bottling March 2018) dark, sober robe. The nose shows a throb of sun-derived baking, with a raspberry and mixed dried herbs undertone. It has local colour, is true. The palate moves well, offering red cherry fruits with a stream of ripe, smooth tannins bringing a good curve to the finish. It has an enjoyable style, is on finesse more than obvious strength, although the inside is compact thanks to the ripe crop. The Grenache is finely presented, well done, and it has STGT attributes. It’s very persistent. 14.5°. 5,500 b. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2020. 2032-35 Oct 2017