Login | Subscribe
twitter

The Wines

80-85% Grenache (1920s-1960s, av age 70 years), 5-7.5% Syrah & 5-7.5% Cinsault (co-planted, 1950s-1960s), 5% Clairette blanche (1950s), from vineyards near the cellars at 250 metres, 80% destemmed, gentle crush, 30-35 day concrete, oak vat vinification, 2-3 daily pumping overs, cap punching, large oak vat raised 10 months, then large 60 hl barrel 7-9 months, unfined, unfiltered, 55,000 b

2018

(large barrel, bottling June/July 2020) shiny dark red; this has a stylish bouquet, neatly together, gives a serene offer of red fruits, slinky appeal, with a note of iron. The palate is silken from the old vines, a natural flow with precision, detail. It finishes on lovely tannins that are like a glove. This is one of the best Racines ever. A thread of mineral, blood, runs through it. The finish brings in light grain crunch, with a note of rose – a rare combination that works very well. There’s great style in its juice. From 2022. 2044-46 Oct 2019

2017

full, shiny red colour; the nose is reserved, firm, has an inlay of soaked cherry fruit, hasn’t developed much second tier influence, has some chalky cut. The palate shows the strength of the vintage right away, is closely packed, vigorous, drives into a sustained, crisp finish. It has more authority than 2017 Terrasse du Diable. This is one to tuck away, and revert to in 2025-27. Its grounded nature may take some by surprise, so match with beef, game. 2039-42 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 **** (large barrel, bottling June 2019) steady red robe; the nose is aromatic, nicely wide and quietly persistent, floral, gracious, comes with snippets of licorice, sparks of menthol, smokiness. The palate has a broad debut, good heart, fills the palate with some silk in the texture, develops pebbly tannins, with a chewy aspect on them. It is more complete, profound than the Terrasses 2017, the length assured. It can make progress quietly, gradually. The tannins remind me a bit of 2013, though it's more elegant than 2013. Good local ID here; take your time with it. 14.8°. From 2022. 2040-43 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(large barrel, bottling June 2018) full, dark red. The nose is striking – raspberry liqueur, vibrant fruit, geranium, spicing. There is a good garrigue presence on the palate, with a hum of intensity; it builds as it goes, straightens just before the close. There is a lot of wine here; it’s complex. The flavour centres on warm red berry fruits, thickly delivered but fluid. It shows especially well on the second half, and the close is nice and rocky. From 2022. 2038-41 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(large barrel) dark red robe. Elder, licorice, blueberry, cassis fruit appear in a clearly struck bouquet that has potential variety, complexity; there are touches of pepper and clove. The palate has a rocky fissure wine style, issues bursts of tingling black fruit along its path. This has good lift, energy, holds very good potential. The length is fresh, purposeful, and I like its coolness. One for the well informed enthusiasts, not passing trade. Lots of unfinished business here. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, Cins, Clairette blanche. From 2020. 2035-38 Sept 2016

2014

there is some dark red, with plum, in the robe. The nose has a smouldering quality, blackberry, a pleasing ripe sweetness, a note of violets. It evokes the Pallières of my youth, nad has hidden pockets to ensure more variety. This drinks purely, with enough gras to be pretty silken. It gives a virtuous display of Grenache from fresh lands here: the tannins have grip, a couch of darkness from them. It is a wine of subtle detail, so serve it in a large glass. It can expand and amplify on the finish. “It’s fresh,” Daniel Brunier. 14.5°. 22,5000 b. Bottled May 2016. From 2019, say. 2032-35 Sept 2016

2013

(barrel) fair red robe; the nose is reserved – there are rocky notes with fine red fruit within – this will vary well, and show garrigue influences as it evolves. This is a wine of frame, finesse, not especially fat. It is strict, but the aftertaste gives a little supple moment of encouragement. It is fresh, and the fruit is clear, with a tiny bit of sweetness in it. From 2018. 2029-31 Feb 2015 Previously ***(*) (large barrel) garnet hue to the robe – pale at the rim. This has a gentle red fruited nose. The palate is sweet on the attack, the fruit following through. There is a slight chewiness to the tannins on the finish. This definitely needs more time in barrel, is a slow developer. From spring 2017. 2028-30  JL GB £102/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com  GB £90/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com    Dec 2014

2012

(large 60 hl barrel, bottling June 2014) steady red robe; subtle floral intonations lie within the nose that has a graceful, confident plum fruit centre, and also bundles herbs into its basket. The palate is careful, precise, has a great assembly of detail to render it whole – fine fruit, scent, licorice, fine tannins are all working quietly. The constant here on nose and palate is the Grenache – it is the sun around which its satellite ambassadors declare their wares. A fine tread wine for people ready to study it, consider it - les branchés, the informed drinkers. It makes very good, steady progress along the palate, and its tannins are smoky and interesting. Hits the button for me. From 14.5°. 2017-18. 2033-35 Nov 2013

2011 ()

comfortable red, Grenache-inspired robe. The attractive nose is more complete, full and sweet than Terrasse du Diable in this year, offers a thorough red fruit paste aroma, is pretty young. There are floral, sweet spice airs that provide charm and interest. The palate presents stylish, willing fruit and a roundness of good depth; flexible but still complete tannins tuck in well. The balance is good, the tannins are elegant and really work well. A beau, STGT wine – I am in the Garden of Eden, surrounded by irises. Tar and mocha come through on the finale. From spring 2015. “It was very ripe. Profoundness and velvet are its ace cards,” Daniel Brunier. 2027-29  Nov 2013  Previously Dec 2012 *** (large barrel, bottling June 2013) shiny red. Creamy, supple nose which offers a fat and round red cherry, berry air, along with toffee, wee nut implications: it is in a very primary state. The palate links to the nose, and is also full of fat red fruit. The attack could have more breeze. It starts on the quite high degree of the year – there is a sense of that. Very unmade for now, and needing time to vary. It ends on tight tannins. So: it needs to move together, loosen, so drink from 2017. It needs to do a lot in that time. 14.9°. 80% G, 15% Cinsault/Syrah, 5% Cl this year. 2028-30  Dec 2012

2010 ()

attractive red. Has a rather profound, cautious nose which is deep, just not very open now. It goes into smoky, prune notes, with kirsch that indicates strength, also a tang of licorice and pepper. The palate fabric is closed, tight, the fruit led by its grainy tannins. It shows fig, mocha flavours, but has hardly moved past first base, and is very closed. Likely to open, ease from 2017. There is fine fruit at its heart. 15°. 2035-38  Dec 2012  Previously Nov 2011 ****(*) (to be bottled in May 2012) red robe, with a slightly lighter top. Quite a close, compact red berry aroma with a light touch oiliness in it, smoke, garrigue and dry forest traces. The palate starts on a broad, rather supple note, is given restraint by its tannins, but its depth is good and stylish. It shows a chalky snap, late silex snap, with licorice and aniseed. The flavour of red fruits is never static, has agreeable freedom. A wine of potential that will sing in time – it will develop well. From 2013, but will be on good form around 2017. 2030-33 Nov 2011

2009

red, also with a touch of ruby. Has a broad aroma – red fruit with the vintage style of brioche and baking. A note of licorice adds tingle, and there are airs of cocoa. Herbal, southern, rosemary-laurel seasoning on the palate; it builds up a nice dark flavour, travels further than the Terrasse 2009, the length is good. Good balance and potential, its elements move up a gear on the finish, which is thorough, leaning towards roundness. Tannins mark it for now, drink from 2014-15 - worth the wait. STGT wine, note. “It is quite complex,” Frédéric Brunier. 14.5°. 2028-30 Nov 2011 Previously June 2010 ***** (vat) bright, colourful red. Red fruit, cherry, clear fruit aroma, has clean lines, is a real “sparkling” example of Grenache, excellent like that, comes with pockets of licorice which can occur from these later zones. The palate is similar to the nose – there is great continuity between the two. Delivers impressive purity of fruit with body and ripe surrounds, lengthens without effort – nature rolls out its carpet. “It has a natural concentration. In a year like 2009 you must oblige yourself not to do too much,” D.Brunier. From 2013, say. 2028-31 June 2010

2008 ()

pretty, pure red robe. Herbal, garrigue aroma on the front end, with baked fruits, raspberry, wild strawberries behind. The palate red berry fruits have a jam nature, with weight within. The finish is rounded, shapely, reflects chocolate. A fine, nicely done wine with no forcing. From 2012-13. 14.5°. 2023-25 June 2010

2007

pretty full red; nutty, grainy, damp leaf, mineral airs outside the black fruit aroma – this bouquet has not yet found its footing. Good fruit debut on the palate – the fruit is very 2007 in style – juicy, fresh towards the finish, breezes along. A little late, local heat, as if from dry zones. Promising wine. Has a rather creamy aftertaste that needs to settle. From spring 2011. 2026-29 Dec 2009