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The Wines

40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre from early 2010s (before was 85-90% Grenache, 10-15% Syrah (mainly from sandy soils at Vaudieu), purchased wine, destemmed, 3-week vinification in concrete vats, pumping overs, raised 60% steel/concrete vat (until late 2000s was aged 75% large 60 hl barrels, 25% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks), 40% new-1 year 228-litre oak casks for the Syrah 14-16 months, unfined, filtered, 22-30,000 b

2017 ()

(vat/casks) full, dark red robe; the nose is a bustling, busy affair, with meat stock, a savoury nature, sustained dark berry fruit at its centre. The palate is expressive, runs freely with well charged content, has drive. The flavour centres on damson plum jam, comes with a smoky coil around it. The tannins are crisp, the length fresh and on the up. Good potential here, a wine with some special buzz about it. From 2021. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(barrel/casks) shiny dark red. The nose is attractive, based around neat blackberry fruit that has a sweet pedigree, a note of prune in the background, some oak-crushed nutshells. The palate is juicy and well-delivered for enjoyment, holds tasty tannins and works well as a rounded drink, good with lamb. It’s not very ambitious, hasn’t really searched for the heights of the 2016 vintage, but will be easy to appreciate. Its black berry fruit is led by the Syrah, with Mourvèdre in back, the Grenache bringing texture more than obvious flavour. The finish is lightly spiced, with a little graininess from the tannins and its oaking. 14.5°. From mid-2019. 2034-36  Oct 2017

2014 ()

(barrel/casks) dark red robe. Has a blackberry aroma of some intensity, one that will develop well. The palate is very smoky, notes of pine needle and menthol mingling with crushed cassis fruit. The fruit runs with freedom. From 2018 to allow the finish to assemble and to become more knit. 2028-30  Oct 2015   

2013

(barrel/casks) medium depth of red on the robe. This is a pretty wine with red berry fruit on the nose and Grenache in the lead on the palate fruit. This is quite elegant in style, with firm but finely honed tannins. A competent package. From 2016. 2025-26 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

(bottling April 2013) dark red, shiny robe, with black tints. Flamboyant, oly intensity on the nose, also pine, red fruits, a semblance of resin, leather. Blackberry fruit on the attack has a hover of reduction, and a Syrah-led fat influence. The Grenache doesn’t come through strongly. This is plump Châteauneuf, with moulded gras in it, delivers liqueur fruit and a late note of smoky, Indian tea grains. Modern style Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is fat and rather all encompassing. Sweet, a bit of a fruit bomb, has ripe tannins. The blend has been changed, reducing the Grenache, and it hasn’t improved for that. 2023-25  Nov 2012

2010 ()

mottling red robe, fair depth. Oily, waxen, fruit gum aroma with roasted effects. The palate is downbeat, could be brighter. There are flavours of stewed fruits, plums, and sweet spicing. It doesn’t run securely, without abandon, to the finish. This is marching on early, should be fresher. The finish is grilled. Autumn-winter drinking. 14°. 2022-24  Nov 2012

2009

red, Grenache-led plum core to the robe. The nose is persistent, offers floral sweetness, has a stylish leaning and a good harmonious ensemble. The palate also has floral, tender red berries, fruits; it widens gradually, takes on licorice-fennel. The tannins are elegant, then finish on a tight grip grain. Well-textured, also is clear. “It is gourmand, tasty on the palate, even if it is a hot wine,” Jacques Grange. From 2013. 15°. 2024-25. 30,000 b this year. June 2011

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2007

purple tints in a dark robe; sweet black fruits with a calm curve in the bouquet – prune and raisin mix with black fruit liqueur, a little roast beef. The palate has a soft, warm texture, supple appeal – the texture beckons the drinker to come back for more. Its tannins are very suave – a wine that rolls along, pleases, but also possesses quite late reserve as its tannin and oak mix kicks in a little. This can step up a gear. From late 2010. 15°. 2018-19 Nov 2009

2006

very dark robe, with some lighter traces at the top. The nose is becoming secondary, has wee animal airs, a touch of the funky, along with cocoa, date – it is already varied. Interesting evolution on the palate, now just into a second stage, with softening oak and red fruit that comes with grain and a pebbly feel. This is true to its vintage (like the 2007). The texture is suave. It ends on slight tar moments. 15°. 2017-19 Nov 2009

2005 ()

full, quite dark robe; a little reduction shows in a broad and pretty deep nose, with some tea also – aromatic Chinese tea, with some sweetness surrounding the black fruit berry. The palate carries well-filled red fruit as it starts out, and gains some profundity as it goes – this is a well-melded ensemble. Has a nice sense of unfussy winemaking. The palate is broad, and has a good, sweet black fruit flavour after half way. Very solid quality if encountered in a restaurant, for instance. The tannins are under control, and it drinks well now. Gets marks for local honesty, is an STGT wine. 14.5°. 2019-21 Jan 2008