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70% Grenache (1940s-late 1990s), 20% Syrah (early 1980s-late 1990s), 10% Mourvèdre (early 1980s-late 1990s) from south-west facing clay-limestone, some sandy soils, destemmed, each variety vinified separately, 3 week vinification at 25°C, daily part vat emptying/refilling, daily pumping overs, aged 4-5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 6 months (before early 2010s was vat raised 12 months, 24 months before 2009), filtered, wide bottle, 10-20,000 b

2017

fair red colour; the nose gives a “high”, rather muddled air of red berry fruit, the fruit stewed and low-key, not bright. There’s a sweet overhang. The palate also holds sweet-noted content, a flavour of strawberry, with tannins that are gummy on the outside, dry within. Issues over whether the crop was ripe on all levels here. The aftertaste is dry, dogged. 13.5°. From mid-2019. 2027-28 Oct 2018

2016 ()

dark red. There is a weighty aroma of raspberry on the nose, a low-key sweetness and facility about it. It’s a touch simple. The palate comes with mild content, just a little gain in tannin, has a coated texture derived from some power of degree. It finishes on “high” red fruits, slightly brittle tannins. Its balance isn’t primo. 14°. Has risen to 20,000 b, double 2014. Bottled 15 June 2017. €14. From spring 2018. 2026-27 Oct 2017

2014

dark enough red robe. Pine essence and basil mix with cooked black stone fruits on the nose, smoke-charcoal also present. The palate links with the nose in producing a pine tinged flavour with mulberry, raspberry in it, Oak comes through, out on its own, on the finish. This holds gras and its texture, but the oak seems unnecessary. 14°. 10,000 b. Bottled 29 Oct 2015. €12. From 2017. 2023-25  Dec 2015 

2013

(casks) bright purple-garnet robe. Oak is present on the nose and the palate. The nose gives lifted red fruit aromas, the red fruit also present on the palate. The tannins are a little edgy and dry. It will need a bit of time for the oak to settle. 10,000 b this year. Bottled 19 Nov 2014. €12 at the cellars. 13.5°. From 2017. 2024-25  JL Dec 2014

2010 ()

shiny, fairly full red that announces Grenache most of all. Has a blackberry-mulberry, enjoyable aroma with herbs across it and a nutty, reserved side behind - shows potential for the future, in 18 months, for instance. The palate has a pronounced Grenache debut – plump red fruit evolves into a varnish-like, rather suave and textured finale, with an aftertaste of gritty, grainy tannin and a smoky, menthol clarity. From mid-2013. Correct wine, OK at the price of €6 export. 2023-25 Dec 2011

2009

rather pretty, quite full red colour. Sunny, red fruit aroma with an elegant curve in it – it is thorough enough, mixers herbs and has bite, lift. Good fruit start-off on the palate, the fruit comprehensive, tasty. It takes on close-knit, slightly parched tannin at the end, has enough matter to allow softening and integration of the tannin. It bounds along well, is a finely fruited, good example of Gigondas. Drinks OK now. STGT leaning on this. €7.25 export price. 2020-22 July 2011

2008

(vat) red with a deeper raspberry tone in it. Soft red cherry fruits, red jelly aroma, with a lightweight garrigue plateau influence, a little depth. The palate presents compact, mid-weight red cherry fruit, has the taste of a fruit tart, and is both clean and quite well-balanced, the latter an achievement this year. Runs OK to the end, just takes on a more bitter, drawn-in note at the end. Well-mannered wine capable of agreeable drinking. From late 2010. 2017-18 Dec 2009

2007 ()

rather dark red robe. Crunchy, chocolate style aroma in the modern manner – has a black fruit, black truffle interior. The palate gives black fruit with a tannic-leather influence along it. This fruit is well sustained, and there is comfortable gras in the final stages. A modern, streamlined wine that needs to fuse, has the fashionable long maceration on the palate. The oak needs two years to infuse. The aftertaste is good and varied. From 2011. 2021-23 Dec 2009

2006 ()

pretty, full red robe. Elegant red fruits such as raspberry nose – in a primary, “silken” state, but has quiet depth and reserves. The palate also offers stylish fruit that is very cleanly rendered. Is tasty, and keeps moving until a nutty, tannic grouping towards the finish. Clear-cut fruit is a good card here, has a lithe feel to it, and I note is only 13.5¨on the label after tasting blind. Harmonious, likeable wine that has developed over this year, post bottling. 2017-18 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 **(*) black cherry colour. Reductive, but shapely black berry fruit aroma, menthol with licorice airs, also garrigue, and caramel-toffee. The palate fruit is lying low, has an easy accessibility. It runs along OK, but may lack the acidity to really sparkle in main middle age. Is ready already, even though not yet bottled. Comfortable, but not inspiring. 2014-15 Jan 2008

2005 ()

mainly full red. Varnish, waxen red fruit aroma, strawberry here in an acrid surround. The palate is still on the runway – no take-off here. It offers red fruit with an overt, pebbly tannic frame. Its shape is direct and probing now. Its acidity is rather evident. The fruit is actually pretty well cut, but is a shade volatile, and I am not sure about the balance. From 2008. 2014-15 Nov 2006

2004

attractive red robe. There is a pile-up of jam on the nose that comes with a smoky, free top note, a little saddle smell, soaked cherry and spice. There are sweet-toned red fruits on the palate, with charm in their savoury texture. It flows nicely, fruit appearing on the end, too. A few tannins pucker the mouth. Gracious drinking with a little horizon for the future. Elegant now. To 2010-11 Dec 2006