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70% Grenache (1957, 1993, 2013), 30% Syrah (1993-1996) from 2 hectares on sandy, clay-limestone soils on Les Parties (S-W, next to Vacqueyras), hand harvested, destemmed (was whole bunch fermentation until 2010s), wild yeasts, 3 week vinification of varieties apart (down from 4-5 weeks into early 2010s), pumping overs, cap punchings, part vat emptying/refilling, lees stirring at up to 29°C, concrete vat raised 8-9 months, unfined, filtered, 5,000-6,500 b

2018

dark red; the nose has an aroma of oily, liqueur red fruits, a little beef stock additional depth. The palate is well filled with red fruited content, and ripe tannins, has a cool theme along the second half, captures its place there. There is a lurking power within. It’s promising, calm, clear-cut Gigondas with nice style. From 2021. 2037-39 Feb 2020

2017 ()

sombre, dark red colour; the bouquet carries a little sweetness, a brothy, brewed air of blackberry fruit, not that clearly defined. The palate tunes in on the sweetness, has spicing and chewy red-fruited content, is a genuine, downhome Gigondas, up for autumn dishes, stews, dishes with heart. There are garrigue notes towards the finish. From mid-2019, decanting helpful. 14.5°. Bottled 27 Aug 2018. 2033-34 Oct 2018

2016

dark red robe. The bouquet isn’t yet clear, sits quietly, has a brothy dark berry aroma, a sense of fat. The palate bears coated content, plum fruit, with a fat run along the palate. It’s rather plain, without nuances, but will be easy to appreciate. The finish is rounded, the tannins mild, though there is a little tapering there. It’s agreeable, but rather safe. 14.5°.  7,500 b. Bottled 25 Aug 2017. €14. From spring 2018. 2025-26 Oct 2017

2015 ()

handsome dark red robe, legs visible. The bouquet is aa savoury affair, fuelled with sunny, rounded black fruits aromas, soaked red cherries, all as one. There is a sweet centre. The palate is peppery on the attack, with clear dark red, raspberry style fruits that wave along it. It is a pure and aromatic wine, with an implicit hum of power. This has good heart, and the finish is on the up, with a spearmint thrust. Its balance is just about OK vis-à-vis its degree. 14°. 6,500 b. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. Bottled Aug 2016. From spring 2018. 2027-28 Feb 2017

2014

dark red robe, some brightness. This has a reduced nose, with weight of red fruits present. The palate holds plump, spiced plum fruits with a rush of chalky, sparked tannins closing it. Decant this. From 2017 to fuse and better round the finish: it needs time, is rugged for now. 14°. €13.90 export. 6,500 b. Bottled 28 Aug 2015. 2022-23  Dec 2015

2013

bright purple; has a spicy Syrah nose. The palate is a little one-dimensional but fruity. The tannins are a touch green and chewy but there’s a frame and structure present. Drink this early, on the fruit. 14°. Bottled Sept 2014. 5,000 b. €12.50 at the cellars. From late 2015. To 2020.  JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

shiny, rather dark red; soaked plums airs with a thread of spirit under them, Bovril beef stock, pepper and mint – there is a certain earthiness and depth to the bouquet. This is enjoyable, pretty authentic Gigondas, needs 6 months to settle. The texture is agreeably smooth, while there are touches of garrigue herbs present in its lissom fruit, the tannins fine at the end. This captures typical Gigondas freshness well, notably in its clear finish. Has a quite finesse. 14°. 2018-19. 6,000 b. Bottled Sept 2013. €12.50 at the cellars. 2020-21  Dec 2013

2011

light shiny red colour. Beefstock aroma in a measured  nose that has a layer of red fruit, joli hints of rosemary and sage. The palate leads on a red cherry flavour, is followed by a little tannic and spice sprinkle at the end. Simple, pretty open wine, not set for a long horizon or life. The length is fair, and there is a touch of freshness present. Feels carefully made – precision over power in this rather tricky year. 14°. 2018-19. Bottled Sept 2012. Dec 2012

2010

(vat) sound depth of red. Attractive air of baked fruits, date and raisin, brown sugar and treacle, pastry. The palate is centred on its rich gras, is a wine of discreet concentration, not forced to achieve its depth. It brings in ripe, assertive tannins at the end, which are happily free of oak intrusion. There is a toffee richness on the finish. Nicely modulated, nothing in excess. From spring 2014. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2009

steady red robe. Quietly insistent nose that has a couch of red cherry jam fruit in its aroma, and is brought to life by licorice and menthol notes. The palate is fine, possesses a tight structure and edging from its streamlined tannins. The red plum fruits on the palate have bite in them. Compact, well-tuned wine that has a quiet purpose about it – in the understated style of the domaine. From mid-2012. 2020-22 Nov 2010

2008 ()

thorough red robe, especially for a 2008. Good, complete nose – dark fruits, spice and licorice, smoke. Good start to the palate – broad and persistent – there is good heart to this. It ticks over and drinks well, the fine late tannins have a bit of edge to them. A wine of good integrity. It finishes completely. Very drinkable, has mineral cut in it. “We had to do as lot of sorting and throwing away, a lot of vat work, lees stirring, pumping overs – more than usual this year. You can eat beef in sauce, boeuf bourguignon with this,” Josiane Faraud. Notable for a 2008. I would eat veal – good sweetness to be offset by the mineral in the wine. 2017-19 March 2011 Previously Dec 2009 (*) 2 bottles tasted: Bottle 1: quite shiny, fair red robe. Red cherry fruit, a little liqueur plum with mint in the air. Loose initial acidity on the palate, is bitter and wrinkly, narrows down at the end, the aftertaste is charry, towards dry, finish is curly. Bottle 2: the fruit aroma is fragile – on the surface it is sweet-noted, but flirts with being sweaty. Peppery debut to the palate, a tight zone with a dry feel at the end. This bottle better because it has just been opened. 14°. Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 (vat, 100% Grenache, sugars finished, malo doing) decent purple colour. Floating grace in the aroma, goes sideways not down. Medium to light weight palate, fruit is OK, the body around it is not profound. Length a bit restricted. Nov 2008

2007

spritz top to a plum red robe. Sweet, caramel, ripe fig outer bouquet – this is not clear-cut. The palate holds compact, neutral fruit, some black fruit apparent, but currently the more date and fig elements prevail, as if the wine already has a mature inclination. OK, but it lacks crispness, flair, innuendo. 2014-15 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 **(*) full robe, perhaps more depth than the 2007 Vacqueyras. Lateral aroma that is tucked up now: reflects blackberry, a little chocolate, and smoke - is not yet out and about. Clean strike of black fruit with an insert of licorice, live tannins near the finish. Fair length, but it tapers a little. Decant this. “Ideally I would have liked to raise this for a year – double the time. But cash flow needs dictated,” J-L Faraud. From late 2009, needs to refine its finish. Bottled March 2009. To 2014-15 Nov 2008