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70-80% Grenache, 10-15% Syrah, 0-10% Cinsault, 5-10% Mourvèdre (av age 40 years) from middle to high zones, N-W facing clay-limestone & red alluvial clay soils, hand harvested, part destemmed, 3 day pre-fermentation crop cooling at under 18°C, 21-30 day vinification at up to 30°C, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, then daily manual cap punchings, aged large 25-80 hl barrels 10-12 months, fined, unfiltered, 1,100 magnums, 50-55,000 b

2018

(large barrel) quite a dark red colour; the nose has a Southern take, baking and spice, almonds, some oak toffee. The palate gives red fruited content with firm sides, holds itself in place into a close-knit finale. There’s a sense of the sun strength in it, the matter compressed from that influence. It’s a modern, rather sleek, oaked Gigondas, can open and flourish in a manly way. The oak adds sweetness, which isn’t really desirable in this vintage. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €15.9 at the cellars. From 2023. 2039-41 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(large barrel) dark red; the nose has a savoury ripeness, coursing red fruits with sweet herbs, hints of musky flowers. The palate bears the coated content of the year, the flavour leaning towards kirsch, has a cherry stone tangy burst on the aftertaste. Its elements aren’t all as one, and require another two years to lock in further. There is a welcome nudge of coolness on the aftertaste. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2021. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2013

dark robe, shiny aspect. The nose combines grilling with a salted raspberry fruit, accentuates Grenache, and has the vintage menthol coolness, along with a note of roast meat. The palate is traditional, with some weight of tannin and compact red fruit. There are local attributes here. It ends with tannins that have a gummy nature, and will be more ensemble from mid-2017. 14°. 55,000 b & 1,100 mags. €14.45. 2028-30  Dec 2015

2009 ()

red plum colour. Good, steady evolution on the maturing nose, black fruit with mixed herbs, leather, spice, a good variety of the garrigue outcrops. Tender but thorough palate, starts on a fleshy note, its texture sauve and oily, then shows a fine density and fresh length. The pieces are in place here. Has local appeal, espeiclaly the nose. There are dark moments, mystery on the finish, and the balance is good. From late 2013. 2026-28 July 2011

2008

(vat) mid-depth only red colour. Red plum aroma, a little liqueur in it – has pistachio nut, baked lands. It is cautious for now, the top air is dry. The palate starts on well established black fruit, provides juicy moments, then tapers towards the finish and draws in. Its length is aided by Mourvèdre, and the final stages are spiced and free. Sound potential here. From mid-2011. Clear, local wine. 2019-20 Dec 2009

2007

full red. Prune aroma, underlying sweetness, a welcoming raspberry jam. Fine grain tannins help the palate to stay quite fresh – this has a red jam, jelly fruit that is sweet at its core, ends roundly. Not a long-lived wine, but one that is easy to drink and like – doesn`t cry out for game dishes, could go with Moroccan lamb, can handle spices. Good fruit, grip, and late glow. 2017-18 Dec 2009

2006

red, with black tints. Traces of honey in the aroma, a sort of liquid blackberry air, with caramel and raisin snap. Has a soft blackberry flavour and texture. There is more on the attack than the finish, since oak comes in after half way, and sits firmly on the case. Raisin, and a little roundness, date taste on aftertaste. Potentially tasty around 2010-13. 2017-18 Nov 2008

2004

mostly dark cherry robe. Toffee first aroma, with lurking cooked red fruits, a young bouquet of some potential. Nice strike of fruit at the start of the palate, is cleanly cut. It runs on well, has local feel, finishes with life. Cleanly threaded fruit here. From 2007. 2015-16  Dec 2006

2003 ()

dark fruit, good content on bouquet with decisive side to the aroma. Solid attack, grows in weight through the palate. Evident tannins, potent feel on finish. Laurel in the aftertaste, it ends with a chunky texture. Esp 2008 on. Determined wine. 2051-17 July 2005

2001 ()

NR corked, flat wine, Brett here, too. Just 1 bottle, sadly. In those days 80% was large barrel raised, and Brett became a recognized problem. Cellarman Philippe Faure worked on this issue a lot from 2006 – driving to obtain fresher fruit. Dec 2009, Gigondas Previously July 2005 **(*) some oil, herbal garrigue, thyme aroma. Shows early generosity of fruit and flavour on palate, has a piercing side that demands food be taken with it to help it along. Tarry aftertaste. Some local feel, and good for its quantity of bottles. 2012-14 July 2005

1996

colour a bit light; easy nose, centres on soft garden fruits, a little depth to it. The palate is restrained, goes from mid weight to lean as it runs. I am not sure the Grenache crop was fully ripe here – it gives a glimpse of what it can do. Ends on pepper. 2005-07  April 1999

1995

sound red robe; the bouquet is nicely intense, quite full and varied, has a discreet warmth and shows a little evolution. The attack is full, but the wine is taut, and dries towards the finish, faces the 1995 challenge of thick skins, high tannins. There is a touch of cherry on the aftertaste. Not as full as most. 2004-06  April 1999

1983 ()

just one wine in these days, labelled La Cave des Vignerons de Gigondas: ripe plum ,orange tints, rather shiny robe. The nose is stll tightly composed, exudes a damp woods, animal air, has a drift of seaweed. 40 minutes’ air bring more pepper, floral sweetness, and less of the animal. There is a cosy roundness about the bouquet. The palate is scented, inviting, offers a violet-rose hip flavour that includes cooked plums and a sound, sweet-natured finale. It shows some of the dusty tannin of the year down the sides – an element that has preserved it and its freshness. It ends on scented coffee, also a little heat, and a nice length. Not very wide, a wine that travels directly. Very vintage respectful. 2015-17 March 2009