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50-80% Grenache (late 1960s), 20-50% Syrah (mid-1980s), destemmed, 3-week vinification, concrete vat fermented, raised 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, 15-20,000 b

2018 ()

(vat) dark red; prune, cooked raspberry airs lead the nose, have a softness, a sweetness. The palate gives spiced red fruits with a knuckle of tannin from the mid-point. It ends securely, with a little cluster of chewiness. It’s a genuine Gigondas, speaks accurately of its place. 14°. 20,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €25 at cellars. From 2022. 2037-39 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(vat) full, dark red. The bouquet is wide, has a vigorous side, roasting, savoury meat stock airs, issues from the ground up. There is a Bovril, beef extract, pine-oak, black cherry combination. The palate also has a ground swell of size, dimension, with grilling, more pine-oak, and punchy blue-fruited content dark, gummy tannins in tow. It ends on a full charge - watch out, a freight train is coming!  The aftertaste brings in menthol. Ruggedly honest wine, no patsy behaviour. Decant it. 14°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. From 2022. 2042-44 Oct 2018

2014 ()

(vat) dark red. The nose has vegetal airs, spice and subdued red berry fruit. The palate is close to re-fermentation, so is buzzy from that. This has dilute moments, is very much a work in progress. There is a sweetness in the flavour, and a quiet rockiness from the tannins. It ends flat. It has work to do to fuse and to really convince. 20,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. €21. From 2018. 2023-24  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

(vat) purple-garnet robe, lighter at the rim. On the nose the fruit seems a little doughy and baked. The palate is light and fluid, the tannins dry on the finish. This really does miss some fruit weight. Its long-term prospects are limited. From 2015. 2020-22 JL Dec 2014

2011

(bottling in six weeks) dark plum colour; has an easy, open nose led by its blackberry, rather fat fruit aroma, with a ripe raspberry in it. Has a slightly oily side to it. The palate is juicy, a bit simple – this is a juvenile style for drinking easily on some sweetness, from late 2013. Mild tannins inject pepper and licorice at the end. The length of the fruit is sound, but it lacks local nuance. 2024-25  Nov 2012

2010 ()

mottled red robe. Cooked red fruits aroma with a note of pine and North African spice – this is struggling at only 2 years’ old. The palate is subdued, has peppery fruit which has a tight set of grainy, peppery tannins. Traditional wine that on this showing is already ageing – and it’s from a very good vintage. Disappointing. 14.5°. 2020-22  Nov 2012

2009 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2008 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2007 ()

dark robe; has a wide, really filled bouquet with no chinks in the fabric – this is genuinely full, and the fruit aroma resembles black fruit liqueur, black coffee also present. The palate sets off with a steady tread, filled up black fruit, and a wide delivery. It lives on its Grenache via ripe, raisin notes that lead to a prune, cocoa aftertaste. From 2011 – but it is very textured for drinking now. A bit of a blockbuster, but there is fair freshness at the end. 15°. 2023-25 Nov 2009

2005 ()

bottle 1 is acidic and not right; bottle 2: the nose shows red fruits delivered in a traditional style – are subdued, and come in a tucked-up, earthy form. The palate black fruit has some gras in it, and a consecutive flow. This lacks a little élan – is rather plain wine, a mid-stream Gigondas, with nothing reaching out. Ends a bit dumb, lacks lift. Try around late 2009. Delivered from the same domaine as the Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 2020-21. Jan 2008