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60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone, sandy galet stone covered soils, destemmed, pre-fermentation cool maceration at 18°C, 3 week vinification at 23-30°C, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, manual cap punching, vat raised 12-15 months

2018 ()

(vat) dark red; the bouquet sits quietly, has a raspberry, salted air, a note of cassis jam. The palate gives a steady attack, nicely filled, generates good heart, and extends with a sure hand. It’s a country style, genuine Vacqueyras with a good sit in the content, the tannins a touch chewy, unrefined, which fits in with its style. 15°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cins. From 2022. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2017 ()

dark red; the bouquet is intense, with a brewed black fruits’ centre, prolongs on its strength. There are mineral implications beside the fruit. The palate is also weighted, doughty, a solid mass in the glass. It moves into a chewy, no-nonsense finale, with the force of this dry vintage firmly planted there. The flavour revolves around black stone fruits, and for now the tannins are demanding. It’s a genuine Vacqueyras. 15°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 5% Cins, 5% Mourv. From 2022. Decant it. 2036-38 Feb 2020

2016

(vat) dark plum red robe. Prune, raspberry liqueur airs, noted ripeness, feature on the nose. There are infills of spicing, damp tea leaves. The palate is sweet, all in a sealed ball, offers its content on the attack without a great stretch of flavour to follow that. It’s a sweet, straightforward southern wine that will accompany stews. There is a light chalkiness in its tannins that comes through late on. OK, but not inspiring, is tame. Best drunk on its early fruit and sweetness. 14.5°. From 2019. 2026-28 Feb 2018