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80% Grenache (1930s-1940s), 20% Mourvèdre from from Souteyrades (S-W, white, grey-yellow clay), mostly destemmed, concrete vat co-fermented 5-8 weeks, part vat emptying/refillings, cap punching, then some pumping overs, aged 50 hl barrel 12-15 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, 12-14,000 b

2016 ()

(large barrel) shiny robe, black with purple. The nose mixes blackberry, black cherry and elderflower, has a neat togetherness, the fruit young and clear. The palate runs with free black berry fruits, has a smoky moment before a finish on softness and black olives. It’s all very orderly, a bit Goody Two Shoes, takes no risks, is sleek. The finish has a little extra depth. It could have more character. 15.5°. From 2019. 2029-31 Oct 2017

2015

(barrel) dark robe. There is an inky quality to the nose with a sweet coulis of fruit  bearing, blackberries being simmered. It holds up well. The palate holds bright black fruits with an eager set of tannins adding to its pep and clarity. This has a good structure, is thorough, persistent, and will evolve well on its balance. From 2019. 2030-33 Feb 2017

2014 ()

(barrel, bottling March 2016) quite a dark red, shiny robe. The nose gives an upfront aroma of blackberry liqueur, jelly style fruit, a notion of rosemary, sweet herbs. The palate is a little fervent, is plump and coated, works on a smooth texture, but seems as if it wants to re-ferment almost. The finish is lip smacking. This is fat, obvious, not deep Gigondas, not a really free drinking wine in style. 15°. From mid-2017. €14. 2025-26  Dec 2015 

2012

(barrel, bottling March 2014) dark red robe, good centre. Oily, oriental spice, floral touches, buttercup flower airs on the nose, with tarragon, dill, black pepper and licorice. There is a smatter of oak, fruit that has dash on the palate, which holds well and is broad towards the finish. It is a bit seared across the palate, however, with tough moments that need to be resolved. The fruit dips, creates a hollow, just before the end, where there is suppressed heat. From late 2015. 15°. 2024-25  Dec 2013

2011

(barrel, bottling April 2013) solid red robe; the bouquet is stylish, right away. It gives well-knit airs of meat, flowers such as violet, plum fruit, a light local earthiness. The palate debut is nice and plump, with its gras richness in step with its oaking. It ends on a spot of charcoal, oak, with laurel and mocha on the aftertaste. Cleanly made, respectful, not wild Gigondas, it is attractive and approachable, a real pleaser, its sweetness well judged. It will be more serious and snappy around 2018, which is when it will be more interesting. From mid-2014. 2024-25  Dec 2012

2010

(barrel) dark, black tinted robe. Modernist, cleanly scooped out black fruit aroma, with polished, fine grain oak overlay, black olive paste – the south travels across its bountiful width. The palate is textured with an oily gras richness, a probing depth, spice. Has finesse and an aroma of faint violet in the blackberry and prune fruit which is pure. It develops real momentum as it goes, is classy in its fruit and its excellent clarity and precision of tannins. A great future lies ahead. It is not very local – will be more local from 2017. Has quality, now has to emerge like this from its bottling. From 2014-15. 2028-30 Dec 2011

2009 ()

(bottling next week) quite full robe. Quiet fruit pastille, mulled red fruits, jam air on nose. Supple, straightforward sweetness on the palate – it picks up tannin at the end, provides a more dense, firm note there than what has gone before. The mid-palate is engaging. A bit of a 1-trick pony that will please the sweet-toothers. Has a herbal, chicken stock, pebbly aftertaste. More from 2013. 2020-21 March 2011

2007 ()

(barrel) dark robe. Blackberry fruits that are suave in the nose, has a slight violet, floral air alongside, a nutty tint. Approachable, gentle black fruit lead on the palate, ready to go. The fruit runs agreeably, the length is sound. Elegant drinking, not a Gigondas that needs game dishes – the food flavours can be more refined than that, so lamb, even pork. 2018-20 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 **** (barrel) full robe; violet, resident nose with caution about it – it is compact and currently shows the influence of lees. The palate gets off to a good start; there is a block of black fruit, the second half is solid and there is a safe clamp of tannin. Good heart to this, also good work with the tannins. This can become a good mix of depth and power. Is a high 15°. From 2011. 2021-22 Nov 2008

2006

full, bright dark red, black tints. Enclosed, but promising aroma. Brambly black berry fruit that has been simmered, is primary now, so there isn't variety in it, hints at licorice. Red fruit, redcurrant debut to the palate, quince maybe. Has a sure middle step, then ends on a fresh, rather zest of orange note. Still forming itself – it is more interesting and complex than the Louisiane, more hidden corners. Esp late 2010 onwards. 2018-20 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 **** (barrel) dark plum, black-purple robe. The bouquet is a little raw – crème of black berry fruit with menthe attached to it, but not settled yet. Gutsy, full-on wine on the palate – has plenty of heart and vigour, and its length is OK. Crunchy late tannins. A wild child now – wait until after bottling to be sure about it, but its structure is good if it carries on from here. To maybe 2017-19 Jan 2008

2005

sober black plum robe; the nose is reserved, has a good inset of stone fruit that can be lucid in time: it is primary, young and mono now. The palate has a peppered, more lithe start than expected from the nose. It runs with some energy, the pepper never far away. There is some life and bounce late on. There is good late insistence – this is a wine of some local character. Its tannic thread needs up to two years to meld, to go beyond its live, peppery nature now. Has the acidity and freshness to live. 2021-22 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***** dark robe; has a toasted, rather chocolate aroma that is harmonious and notably ripe. The palate shows cleanly drawn fruit, with plenty of tannins from half way, plus an oak influence. Drink from 2009-10 – this is rich and has ways to go; for now the finish is puckering. A good example of the vintage, its balance is good, and there is plenty of wine in the glass. After some coffee and mocha on the palate, the finish is clean and fresh. 2017-19 Nov 2006

2004 ()

full, black plum robe. Sealed, potentially intense bouquet – it is wide, has a steady couch of black fruit, has a little leather and bacon lardon attached. Rumbustious, charged, dense wine with a hearty, meaty, rather powerful core. Tannins show their face on the final stages. Has a crunchy, rather sudden end. I am not sure this will age gracefully, is a wine not quite in sync. Best around 2010-12. 15°. To 2016. “We picked late this year, similar to 2008 that also took time to ripen – around the 8 to 10 October,” Annie Saurel. Nov 2008 Previously Dec 2006 *** quite dark, full robe. Bouquet is densely founded but not clearly defined – is brewed, earthy, tarry. Chocolate, prune start to palate, has been in a full-on way, cellar influence is prominent. Cocoa-chocolate raisin elements, with some late on richness. Will become mineral quite soon. Eat with lamb, for instance. The lamb’s sweetness will go well, or try with game and stews. 2011-12 15° plus Dec 2006

2003 ()

nutty, red fruit aroma, appealing and elegant. Clear-cut red berry fruit flavour, tannins woven in on the finish, need 2-3 years. Pretty fruit here, good definition in the wine. Esp 2007-08 on. 2013-15

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2001

soft, agreeable bouquet. Soft fruit on palate, rather ordinary, lacks nuance. 2007-08.