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50-70% Grenache (1930s-early 1990s), 20-25% Syrah (late 1970s-early 1990s), 10-25% Mourvèdre (late 1970s-early 1990s) from S/S-W facing sandy marl soils, av age 38 years, destemmed, each variety vinified separately at 25°C, 3-4 week vinification, daily part vat emptying/refilling, daily pumping overs, aged 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, filtered, 10-20,000 b

2017

(casks) shiny, deep red; the bouquet is a big, oily bundle of ripeness and richness, shows blood, raspberry, is slightly high octane. The palate ripples with coursing red berry fruit, driving content, holds pushy, rocky tannins that have a chance of fusion; for now, the sign-off is on ash. This holds good potential to be a sizeable, vigorous Gigondas. 50% Gren, 25% Syr, 25% Mourv. From mid-2021. 2040-43 Oct 2018

2016

(casks) shiny, healthy looking full red robe. The nose presents an attractive and full, abundant mix of blackberry and mulberry fruits. It has an inky depth, comes with some grilling, and shows ripe Grenache in the front line with a firm push from the Mourvèdre. The palate is sturdy, thickly juiced, carries an implicit power, reaching out firmly on the finish, again a Grenache plum-fruit presence with a Mourvèdre animal leaning there. It’s good and hearty. 14°. 20,000 b. 50% Gren, 25% Syr, 25% Mourv. €17. From mid-2020, needing to round the finish. 2031-33 Oct 2017

2013

(casks) dark red colour. Pine, oak and sleek black berry fruit combine on the nose, which is full of life. The fruit quality within is good. The palate surges well, carries typical Gigondas freshness, and delivers its fruit and content with gusto. The finish is tarred, oaked, but the overall impression is one of energy and potential enjoyment. A wine of some dash, flair. 13.5°. 10,000 b. 50% Gren, 25% Syr, 25% Mourv. €15. From spring 2018. 2027-29  Dec 2015  Previously Dec 2014 ***(*) (casks) purple colour with a lighter rim. There are chocolate-mocha notes on the nose, with a cherry nuance. Oak is again evident on the palate, but sound fruit is present as well. This is supple and fleshy, then firm and structured on the finish. 13.5°. Down from 13,000 to 10,000 b this year, and Gren down from 70% to 50%, with 25% each Syr and Mourv. €15 at the cellars. From 2017. 2027-28  JL Dec 2014

2010 ()

(casks) dark red; ripe raspberry-mulberry air that involves stewed, compote jam style red fruits which travel with pine and bosky attachments. There is also an air of snappy licorice, a touch of acidity, some dustiness. There is a pine, grainy infusion though the prune, spiced flavour. Ripe and noted tannins of density are embedded. It ends crisply, on menthol. This is a Gigondas of traditional, considerable body and emphasis. It delivers beefy late notes, is genuine and nicely unbridled. From 2014. 14.5°. €8 export. 2031-33 Dec 2011

2009 ()

(casks) shiny, quite dark robe. Thorough, meaty-red fruited nose, one with wide shoulders and depth. It will be more clearly defined from 2013; there is a slightly spirity side to it, though. The palate gives off a charged, rather taken to the max nature. We are into raisin, prune, date zones here – it is an emphasized wine, with a big lining of tannin and base matter. The finish is chunky. From mid-2014 overall. 2026-28. €8.73 export price. July 2011

2008 ()

(casks) mid-plus red robe, Grenache reflected here, but wow! What a pongy nose, molto disagreeable, rotted animal. Sample bottle 2 is also very pongy, reductive. The fruit has some clarity and poise, and while there is oak on the palate, there is finesse in its feel. In a raw state now, needs badly to have its bouquet sorted out. Assuming all proceeds well in its remaining raising, this is a **(*) wine. From 2012. To around 2017-18. Dec 2009

2007

bright, full robe. Reductive, slightly stewed black fruits aroma – blackberry, licorice here. It is a very good ensemble, and is developing gracious airs. Very compact, beau wine on the palate: holds good quality fruit, well judged ripeness in it, is softly textured. It extends to a cool, measured finish, shows oak there. From mid-late 2011. 2021-23 Dec 2009

2006

dark red; pretty full, fruit-led aroma – a mix of raspberry and mulberry, a juicy sort of air with a trail of some depth, and a top note of power. The palate has a fruit-tannin weave with some liqueur in its make-up. Sound length, but the driver is high octane – alcohol on the limit, with the texture layered by that. The red cherry fruit persists for now. From late 2009. Best young, since the alcohol may stand out over time. 2015-17 Nov 2008 Previously Jan 2008 *(*) (casks) dark robe, some black tints. Reserved bouquet – fresh tone to the black cassis fruit, but is sealed up today, some acidity in the air. There is a dart of black fruit on the attack, aggressive acidity, acetate. Black fruit emerges at the end. Reflects lees, possible malo in cask, and excess oak raising. I would prefer to judge this when it has been bottled. To ? 2014-15 Jan 2008

2005 ()

quite a dense black plum colour; the aroma reflects mulled red fruits, coming in the long hang time style, has the curve of a fruit liqueur. The palate slips along easily, floats to a degree and has a scented tone, largely Grenache red fruit in form, with a supple nature, maybe some vanilla in the flavour, too. The length is OK. This is a bit plain, a wine with no real heights. 2016-17. June 2008

2004 ()

quite a dark robe. Soaked, slightly high tone, varnish and mineral nose. Red fruit on the palate, with some modern vinification push in it – has clean lines, without a lot of nuance at this stage. The fruit persists OK – needs some time, give it a chance. There is some richness – gras - present. From 2008. 2014-15 Dec 2006