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79% Grenache, 13-17% Syrah, 6-8% Mourvèdre (all av age 45 years) from clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 4 week vinification, pumping overs, daily cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 20% new large oak barrel, 80% used oak casks 8-9 months, filtered, composite cork, "drink with game inc game birds, red meats", 8-22,000 b

2018 ()

red robe; the bouquet gives a stream of blackberry, with a nutty sideline, notes of pumice stone, raw rocks. The palate is threaded with a cool theme of crispness, very Gigondas, has a naked quality, stands well. The red juice has a little floral note, and manages to criss-cross it on the second half, allowing a rather tender, rounded close. There is a nice sense of purpose about it. 14.5°. 14,660 b. 79% Gren, 15% Syr, 6% Mourv. €16.9 at cellars. From mid-2021. 2035-37 Feb 2020


dark red robe; the bouquet presents a clear aroma of mulberry fruit, large red berries, with a hint of lead pencil, mineral. It has good lift. The palate is breezy at first, bears crisp red fruit with nerve in the tannins. It builds strength, ends with a near gasp of assertion, straight off the warm lands, carrying well, showing oxtail depth. The finish is out on its own, so leave until spring 2021. It’s a touch wild for now. 15°. 79% Gren, 15% Syr, 6% Mourv. 2038-40  Oct 2018


very dark robe. The bouquet gives an immediate flash of black cherry fruit with a couch of firm fruit, some licorice. The fruit is closely packed. The palate also comes with density, has a savoury flavour that involves black olives, expressive blackberry and prune fruit. It has been a trifle worked on, but builds well after the mid-point, finishing broadly and with some free gusto. It has very solid length. 14.5°. 20,000 b. 79% Gren, 15% Syr, 6% Mourv. Bottled Sept 2017. From mid-2018 for a full glass. 2029-30 Oct 2017

2015 ()

red robe that indicates plenty of Grenache. The bouquet is reserved, has an oily, bright plum aroma with a strawberry sweetness attached. It’s broad enough to stand up well if served in a large glass. The palate bears a mild flavour of red fruits, cooked Damson plums, with already supple tannins that add a couch of content on the close. The length is sound, with a little criss-cross of dark tannin as it finishes. Drink from 2018 to allow more openness and fusion. 14.5°. 22,000 b. 79% Gren, 15% Syr, 6% Mourv. €13.50. Bottled Sept 2016. 2024-26 May 2017


fair red robe, some shine. There is an air of baked red fruits on the nose – it needs prising open. The palate holds direct red fruit, feels stretched, the fruit backs off before the finish, where there is a bitter note. This lacks charm. 14.5°. 22,000 b. €13.50. From spring 2016. 2018-19  Dec 2015 


purple-garnet colour. There is a hint of oak on the nose, and the oak is also accentuated on the palate. This is their way of trying to fill the hole, but it doesn’t seem to have succeeded. An oaky sweetness is then followed by a painfully dry finish. 14°. 8,000 b. 79% Gren, 15% Syr, 6% Mourv. Bottled Sept 2014. €12.60. From 2017. 2021-22  JL Dec 2014


sound, quite dark red. Smoky bacon, red cherry, sweet herbs aroma, oregano here, and a nicely discreet air of rocky stone smoke. The palate mixes gunflint and red cherry coulis on the debut; the central palate lightens up, and the matter drifts at the finish. Holds low-key tannins, with some scented garrigue on the aftertaste. Bottled Sep 2013. €12.80 at the cellars, 16,000 b, 79% Gren, 15% Syr, 6% Mourv this year. 2019-20  Dec 2013


fair red robe. The nose is reticent, suggests a smoky Grenache plum fruit, with a date ripeness in it, a sprinkle of pepper – this is a facile start. The palate is just starting out, is based around sweet, spiced red fruit that shows a slight singeing late on. The finish is steady – this runs to the line, sustains itself there. A bit plain, but OK. Best from late 2013. 14.8°. €11.50 at the cellars. 2020-21 Dec 2012


inviting, full red; smoky-oak, charcoal top air, dark fruit, with notes of earthy, black soil underneath. Juiced black fruit resides on the palate, which extends with some purpose, leading to a quiet, oily late notes. Very primary now – it has hardly added to its first fruit. Tannins assert at the end, are crunchy and grainy, and render the aftertaste a shade dry, but time will sort that. From 2014. 14.5°. 2026-27 Dec 2011

2004 ()

mild red; red fruited bouquet that is live and springy, has a little fungal side to it. The palate gives direct, rather sharp red fruits, some end bitterness as well. There is a fleeting moment of gras as it ends. It isn’t a comfortable wine, is a bit raw. To 2010  Dec 2006