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85% Grenache (1968), 10% Mourvèdre (1950s-1960s, up from 5% late 2000s), 5% Clairette blanche (1950s) from the higher zones of the domaine, around 300-400 metres, 80% destemmed, gentle crush, 30-35 day concrete, oak vat vinification, 2-3 daily pumping overs, cap punching, large 100 hl oak vat raised 10-11 months, then large 60 hl barrel 10-12 months, unfined, unfiltered, 46,000 b


(large barrel, bottling June/July 2020) dark red; the nose is quietly expressive, refined, with a floral note, rose, cherry fruit. The palate is butty, grouped around knuckly content, has density, tar, work to do. The fruit and content have flair, real Gigondas nature, with menthol, laurel showing on an up close. It is racy wine, entertaining, fresh and live. This had 30% stems in it – “it was a good year for them, but we were dramatically hit by the coulure at flowering, ending up with only 14 hl/ha yields,” Daniel Brunier. From 2022-23 2042-44 Oct 2019

2017 ()

bright red robe; this has a slow burn bouquet on raspberry, chinks of garrigue herbs, vegetal. It’s robust, but not too obviously. The palate is granular in places, threaded with a tight chalky spine, develops power on the close, is 15°. The finish is knuckled, demanding, rocky fissured. It has classic Gigondas cool sides, but the balance with the power is a slight question. From 2022, decant it. 2038-40 Oct 2019 Previously Oct 2018 ***(*) (large 60 hl barrel, bottling summer 2019) clear, shiny red colour. The nose is floral, resembles Pez sweets, is tender, with good crystalline virtues, a peppery backdrop; it holds up safely. The palate links to the nose via its rose fragrance, develops a toffee-caramel aspect from the oak, shows that late on. This is a one-off young foudre/large barrel, which skews it somewhat. This extols purity, doesn’t have many hidden corners. “It has refined, was a bit hard before, the tannins demanding, from a dry vintage,” Daniel Brunier. 14.8°. From 2021. 2038-40 Oct 2018


(large barrel, bottling June 2018) shiny red robe. The nose kips along attractive red fruits, raspberry, with white pepper, rose muskiness. It is more fat than usual, also has spice and soaked cherries or griottes, dried herbs. The palate is also rich, textured, even unctuous, holds the abundance of 2016, the generosity, along with a good line of mineral, freshness, lift on the finish. It will develop well, has both flesh and depth. 15.2°. From 2021. 2039-42 Oct 2017


(large barrel, assembled Aug 2016) bold, dark red robe. Laurel and blackberry appear as a warmly fruited aroma on the nose, with a little lamb stock. The palate gives stylish black fruits, berries, with a bonny peppery them, and declaration of altitude; the pepper gives nerve to the wine. This vintage gives black fruit, cocoa in contrast to the red fruits of 2014. This can do well. It gives compressed, warm vintage juice on its late moments, its insistent finish, with a burst of menthol. Decant it. From mid-2019. 2033-35 Sept 2016

2014 ()

bright red robe. The nose gives instant, red cherry fruit, raspberry jelly airs, with a dusting of herbs; it has a likeable purity. The palate connects well to the nose, offers light red fruits, an easy and clear elegance. It is perfumed with rose-hip. This is very digestible wine, is seductively easy to drink. It can become rounded, has detail. It finishes with rocky notes, mineral tang. This is a Burgundian take on Gigondas. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 85% Gren, 10% Mourv, 5% Clairette blanche. Bottled May 2016. 2030-32 Sept 2016


(large 60 hl barrel) purple-garnet colour – lighter at the rim. This appears light of fruit on the nose, and there is a leafy note in the background. The palate has a little more presence, the fruit round, supple and caressing. The tannins are slightly dry on the finish. Time will benefit. From 2017. 2026-28 JL  Dec 2014

2012 ()

(large 60 hl barrel, bottling June 2014) sound Grenache red, a good looking robe. This has a slightly pitchy air, a scatter of Provençal herbs, some baked red fruit power. I like the bonny rosemary and thyme nudges that are present. The palate has a punchy, direct and smoky debut, packs  a lot in. It centres on smoky, dark berry jam fruit, and tannins surge into it, needing three years to settle. It has a full Grenache heart, is a chiselled sort of wine from the heights. Menthol and spearmint come though late on, some gasp there; the exit shows oiliness, pine. From 2017. 14.8°. 2029-31 Nov 2013

2011 ()

red robe, ruby top touches. Smoky top air, with an aroma of prune under that, a date style ripeness, with appealing rosemary herbs in the air as well. The palate is drawing together: it holds spiced, cook red fruit, has life and vim as it goes, Indian tea notes appearing on the finish. It captures its place, has an intricate ending. This will advance strictly by one step at a time, given its slightly demanding tannins as it closes. The dry notes towards the finish are a concern for now. From mid-2015. Could reach ***(*). 14.5°. Bottled June 2013. 2028-29  Nov 2013 Previously Dec 2012 (large barrel, bottling June 2013) ***(*) pale red. The nose has an outer rim of dust and thyme before its red fruit resembling redcurrant jelly comes along – this is an attractive bouquet. The palate has a compact, snug debut; the fruit is hidden, but can emerge. The length is sound, shows potential, the length helped by a little Mourvèdre exerting its influence in the blend. There is a sense of garrigue power here. Tannins gather in a tight clutch at the end, which is very grainy. From 2015. 14.8°. 85% G, 10% M (up from 5% late 2000s), 5% Cl this year. 2027-29  Dec 2012

2010 ()

pretty red robe. Has a mineral, flint-tinted nose that holds a reserved layer of red fruit behind, is all very compact. The palate is also sealed up; it is built around intense red cherry, berry fruit, and its tannins sit close by the fruit. It has a brooding potential. This will develop well and emerge slowly. The balance is good. Its fruit is clear, but is swiftly dominated by its grainy tannins that are snappy. Developing very well. Decant this. From 2016-17. Bottled May 2012. 14.5°. 2030-33  Dec 2012  Previously Nov 2011 ***(*) (to be bottled May 2012) steady red robe, a little depth. Caramel, partly reserved nose that a sweet tendency in it, shows a light rose petal in the clear red jam aroma. Also has an air of smoked, rubbed stones. Nothing really distinguishes it, though. Supple, textured debut to the palate, with a small, gradual gain in graphite, clarity. The attack bears red cherry with bite through it, a line of smoky tannin. Careful wine, not Showbiz. Has a broad finish, but nothing gummy there. The aftertaste is rather intense, focused on tar darkness. Precise, Burgundian. Deserves, even needs, fine foods, flavours, not winter stews, game etc. 14.5°. From 2013, will be performing well around 2016-17. “We only reached 19 hl/ha – the budding was limited, then we had some coulure, with old vines prone to that,” Frédéric Brunier. 2023-25 Nov 2011

2009 ()

red with ruby top touches. Has a founded, earthy style nose that comes with toffee-raisin indicating the sun of the vintage. The fruit resembles red jam, with light acacia flowers dropped around it. The palate is compact, has a baked outer, not excessively so, but it means that the wine isn't free, its fruit is jam-like. Suppressed at present, needs leaving for two to three years. There is sweetness on the finale, dried prune, near fig on the finish, then moments of herb, baked stones on the aftertaste where there is a glow of warmth. Decant this. It needs to refine its finish. 14.5°. From mid-2014. 2025-27 Nov 2011 Previously June 2010 **** (vat) mild red robe, a shade darker than the 2008, legs down the glass. Broad, resident red jam aroma that persists. The palate is sturdy – this is a big wine, with great concentration, and a dense, sealed up finish. It ends on a chocolate, spice, cocoa grain note, a bit stiff there. From 2014 or so for some early access. At least 15°. 2027-29 “It has changed a lot – it was closed, austere, even hard, but since May it has started to become easier to taste,” D Brunier. Wow! March of the Hard Men in that time, thus. June 2010


pale red. Low key aroma with a spiced interior, dark spices that are accompanied by honeyed notes – the nose is in fact open already. The palate presents gentle red fruit, comes in quite a tight weave, gains weight and spice after half way. Agreeable, sinewed wine along the palate, ends freshly. Its tannins are quite brisk and clean. Has a chalky clarity about it. From mid-2011. 14.5°. 2019-22 June 2010


good dark red. Tea, Indian ink, grounded nose – interesting variety that involves prune, also leather, truffle, has baked airs as well. The palate kicks off well –a wine of local virtues here (tasted blind), is hearty without excess. There is a good ball of fruit with spice, Christmas cake associations. STGT wine with typical Gigondas depth and late power. Gutsy wine that ends clearly, set fair to do well. Only drawback is the label. From mid-2011. 2021-23 Dec 2009