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80% 1930s and older Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre (late 1970s), 5% Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette (1960s) from red clay, broken stone soils, mostly destemmed, vat co-fermented 5-8 weeks, part vat emptying/refillings, then some pumping overs, lees stirred, aged 50 hl barrel 10-15 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, 6,600 b until early 2010s, now 12,000-15,000 b

2018

(large 50 hl barrel) quite a full red colour; the nose carries a spiced, firm aroma of red cherry fruit, with sweet herbs hovering. The palate is a little high octane, its strength apparent, holds firm red cherry, plum fruit with compact tannins. There is sound freshness, which is vital given its intensity. It finishes on a forceful, thrusting note, the cherry fruit still apparent there. 15°. 14,660 b. 80% Gren, 15% Mourv, 3% Cins, 2% Syr. From 2023, decant it. 2041-43 Feb 2020

2016

(barrel) dark robe. Blackberry and cassis come forward hand in hand on the nose, have a coulis nature, are serenely presented. The palate is mildly, easily fruited, centres around black fruits with a little grain from some fine tannins. This is plump, facile, smooth Gigondas, all very en primeur. It’s a neat ball, but doesn’t sing an especially forte song. The finish has more interest, as it gains some dimension there. 15°. From late-2019. 2030-32 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(barrel) pretty full red robe. The bouquet shows reduction via some “high” fruit, a thick aroma of black stone fruit almost in a jam state. The palate gives free running content, a flavour of blackcurrant, with inner depth and a sweet flourish as it finishes. It avoids being coated, but is an intense version of Gigondas with fleshy texture and smooth tannins in the make-up. The finish is sturdy. 15°. From 2019. 2029-30  Feb 2017

2014 ()

(barrel) dark red colour. The bouquet is trim, pretty sweet, led by a supple air of prune fruit, a note of concentration in its juice. The palate also offers neatly concentrated drops of black, scented fruit, has a cool second half, with mild tannins in close attendance. This works as a harmonious wine. The fruit travels long. 14.5°. €14. From mid-2017. 2026-27  Dec 2015 

2012

(large barrel, bottling March 2014) dark-tinted robe. The bouquet has a bit of a cooked-up first air, and mixes coated and parched notes, shows peppery, rocky, hot outcrop notes. This raw wine as it stands, disorderly. The fruit is stretched due to the close presence of tannins and a slight spirit hum. It pushes on as it ends, has heat inside it. Licorice tang and blueberry feature on the finale. From 2016. 15°. 2026-27  Dec 2013

2011 ()

(large barrel) sound red; has a pepper, Indian tea, prune fruit aroma, an air of black fruit paste in it – a pretty ripe start. The palate mixes rather ripe black fruit and prune with oak in support to fill in some vintage 2011 gaps. A low-key aromatic tone appears towards the finish, which is oaked, still firm. Respectable, in the grip of the cellar right now, but there is an encouraging gras richness across the late palate. Decant. From 2015. 2026-27  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(barrel) dark, shiny robe; black berry-raisin, blackberry syrup air with abundance and ripeness in the broad nose. It has a truffly, earthen, black soil underlay, a southern imprint of depth, and for now there is a hint of its lees. The palate sequences well with the nose, delivers ample, wavy fruit and black prune style flavour. There is pine scenting within the palate, and beefy content on the finish. It persists truly, with the 2010 Gigondas snap-clarity also on the finish. Its tannins are woven in well. The style is imposing. From spring 2014. 2031-32 Dec 2011

2009

(bottling next week) plum darkness in the robe. There is a herbal-mulled fruit note here, like the others wines from this domaine advised by Philippe Cambie: this is a cellar style over a vineyard one – this offers blackberry jelly, and the bouquet is “lustrous” as it were. The palate has similar blackberry jam notes – this is about fruit rather than terroir, is a bit pristine. There is a slight tannic moment at the end. I get the feel of yesterday1`s mode on these – minerality and freshness are more and more the name of the game. This closes roundly with sprightly tannins that encircle it. From 2013. 2021-22 March 2011

2007

full, bright robe. Sleek, modern style black cherry fruit aroma with a light inset of white pepper and spice, and fruit such as black jelly or jam. The palate is aromatic, with violet infused black fruits that have a sweet undercurrent: it runs cleanly to a slightly peppered, fragrant ending. Neatly done wine that is very orderly, provides smooth drinking. It is ready now due to its easy fruit. A few more thrills and spills would be desirable - it plays a safe, rather pristine card. 2018-20 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 ***(*) (barrel) dark, violet-mauve colour; full aroma, with a tight crunch in it, a meaty instinct. The palate is well wrapped, comes with a dense core, but not a surfeit: it shows muscle late on, gains grounding. It ends on round, inset tannin. There is some movement in this, along the sides, which stops it being too weighty. The aftertaste is tangy. Mid 15°. 2019-21 Nov 2008

2006 ()

black, dark red robe. Violet-herbal nose with some open instincts, baked and garrigue notes, plus a raspberry-mulberry fruit burst. The palate has a wire of tannin through it, but ends on a gentle, light jam note, with flesh. It is a little reserved now, could lengthen in 18 months, ie by mid-2010. Sound structure – needs to develop its second half. 2019-20 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 ***(*) (barrel) dark plum colour; has a honey/butter aroma with oak in front of its fruit that suggest crème de blackberry: this nose is in a markedly primary state. Black fruits on the palate roll with an easy, quite sustained flow and are clear in tone. Tannins are present, and push it along towards the finish. There is decent promise here for balance and integration if all well after bottling. From 2010. 2019-21 Jan 2008

2005 ()

full, black plum robe; raspberry and violet in a compact aroma – the fruit is nicely ripe, there is notably black tea also. The palate has good grain in it, with a lithe, direct spine and a growing intensity of good, crisp black fruit. I like its end – live black fruit that comes with some dash and purpose. I wonder if it comes from higher zones, given its snappy late clarity. 2019-21 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***** bold black cherry colour; has a well-filled bouquet – it is nutty, oaked, shows black fruit and has a meaty core, with some tar and alcohol. The palate is savoury and ripe, led by black fruits that plunge in well. Its tannins are ripe and absorbed, the oak is mostly incorporated. A full wine with a future. Has an olive, herbal aftertaste. From mid-2009. Comes from the “clean new” Gigondas school – thanks to Philippe Cambie - and is a success. Grand wine. 2019-21 Nov 2006

2004 ()

maturing red plum robe, nice depth; mineral lead air, slight oaking, the bouquet has a solid interior, some coffee notes. Good palate: rich and rounded, then straightens into a clear, crisp finish. Has pebbly tannins, which are not heated. Very consecutive, no false notes along its path. Can age well. Some oak adds a sticky texture at the end. 15°. Has made progress. 2019-21 Oct 2010 Previously Nov 2008 **(*) still dark, plum robe. Blackberry fruit with a jam air about it – a nice evolution is starting, an oily, slightly liqueur backdrop. The black fruit on the palate runs alongside a leather-mint, definite frame around it. The nose is more open than the hesitant palate, but there are promising indications from that. Clear-cut wine, with the reserved, somewhat upright vintage nature. Sound length, but not a rocker like that. From mid-2009. 2015-17 Nov 2008 Previously Dec 2006 **(*) quite dark robe, with a matt tone. Pepper, black fruits, rather meaty aroma, is rather raw and high tone. Mix of black berry fruits, coffee, tea, then the oak hits in. Dry finish, the oak is still outside it. Wild wine now. It combines mature grapes with extraction and oaking – so buyer beware of this. It is never going to be a clear cut wine. From 2009. 15° plus. 2015-17 Dec 2006

2003 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED