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80% Grenache, 10-15% Mourvèdre, 5-10% Syrah/Cinsault from south, south-west facing clay with limestone, gravel sub-soils, 80% destemmed, 28-32 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, 80% concrete vat, 20% 4-6 year 228-litre oak casks raised 18-22 months, unfined, filtered, has been called La Font de Notre Dame & Vieilles Vignes since early 2010s, 10-15,000 b

2014 ()

(vat, bottling June 2016) quite a dark red robe. There is an overtly sweet debut to the nose, an air of toffee and plump red berry fruit, a hint of flowers. The palate is flattering, all in softness, the texture coated. It manages a little very helpful coolness on the finish – otherwise it would risk being over-round, low on structure. As it stands, it is polished and elegant, a wine around the 15° mark, that I would prefer to sip than drink much of. 14.5°. 10,000 b. €11.50. From 2018. 2028-30  Dec 2015 

2013

bright purple-garnet colour. Has a fragrant cherry-fruited nose. The palate is juicy and redolent of red fruits, a fresh and finely honed do. Elegant weight and style with fine but firm tannins on the finish. Hint of old vines? This should make fine drinking. 14.5°. From 2017. 2027-28  JL Dec 2014

2012

(vat, bottling spring 2014) full red; the nose is swish, complete, oak-tinted, pounces on the drinker with its sleek red fruit, shows laurel and sage herbs, the style well-mannered. This isn’t especially Gigondas in style via its oaked make-up. The Grenache plum fruit inside is held back - the conflict or battle between Grenache and oak lies here. It is a tight rope if they can fuse together, and then the wine can show some years of harmony. Brewed up style. From mid-2016. 14.5°. 10,000 b. €11 ex cellars. 2024-26  Dec 2013

2011 ()

(vat, bottling summer 2013) shiny, dark red robe. The nose gives red berry fruit with a meat stock depth – this is a good and complete start. There are notes of baked bread and sweetness. This holds gourmand, stylish first fruit, a good, drinkable, lifted Grenache attack, has pedigree and length. Has a clear, very Gigondas finish of herbs and breeze, cut. The aftertaste is handsome, charged. The Grenache ripeness tips its hat towards North Africa, is quite extreme. Shows Rum Baba on the exit. 14.5°. 80% Gren, 15% Mourv, 5% Cins, €11 ex-cellars this year. 2024-26  Dec 2012

2010

(vat) mottled red robe. Has a sweet red jam fruit air – this gives a notably soft, rather sensual version of the Grenache in its curvaceous bouquet. The palate likewise is soft, malleable, and has spice in its red fruit. It can be bottled now – I sense a static nature. It can extend its length over time. There is no single moment of real flair, but the fruit is round, persistent and generous. The tannins are very ripe so well infused. From late 2012 or early 2013. 2026-28 Dec 2011

2009

bright, purple-red colour. The bouquet has a clear, modern style, gives a rounded air of black berry fruits with dust, garrigue dust and licorice. The palate centres on juicy black fruit, stone fruit that is similar to prune. This is easy drinking Gigondas with mild tannins, and no aspirations to be a keeping wine. Its ripeness is sufficient to absorb the alcohol, so it is round. It holds juicy, plump, fine Grenache, and could be decent value. 15°. 2016-17  July 2011

2008 ()

(vat) three-quarter depth red. Black cherry, blackberry jelly fruit aroma that is round and inviting. There is a careful display of black fruit on the palate, with an increase in tannin and grip as it goes. More soild and gracious than most 2008s . . suggests a decent portion of Syrah in this (tasted blind). Good, fine fruit and length. Tar and ripe tannin feature on the finish. Can provide quite immediate drinking, but the 2007 isn`t yet in bottle. From spring 2011. 2019-20 Nov 2009

2007

(vat) dark robe. Plum, prune fruit aroma, has light grilled notes, hay and floral airs. The palate is still on tight tannins, bears a cool central fruit that is in a blackberry vein. Has licorice at the end, a maybe Mourvèdre influence. The fruit is expressive all through, and this fills the palate towards the finish, expands there. From mid-2011. 2021-23 Nov 2009

2006

(vat) quite dark black robe. Black fruit aroma overlaid with leather, bosky elements, vegetal hints, has an oiliness. Carefully weighted black fruit on the palate, has sound heart. Ends on a restrained roundness. Is closed up today, and a racking will help it. There are cool late notes, with live, lithe tannins. When seeing its ID, the cool notes tally with the venue. The aftertaste carries some sweetness, raisin, prune. From 2010. 2018-20 Jan 2008