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45-70% Grenache, 20-30% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan from 25 hectares on sandy alluvial ex glacier soils at Sarrians, purchased wine, destemmed, 2-week vinification at up to 28-30°C, daily pumping overs, aged large barrel 3-4 months, then concrete vat 12-15 months, filtered, 15-30,000 b

2018

very dark robe; the bouquet is sweetly lined with Morello black cherry fruit, notes of cassis liqueur. It’s just starting out, the fruit primary, clean, the depth certain. The palate links closely, so there is a good, continuous run of black fruits, supple tannins that have a little layer extra. It finishes well, still on the go, the juice tightening, thickening there. It captures the vibrant early fruit of 2018 well. 14°. 22,000 b. €20 at the cellars. From spring 2021, decant it. 2032-34 Feb 2020  £62/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

dark red; the nose is broad, brimming, has a stewed fruits aroma, just a little basic. The palate is coated, rich on the outside, has an immediate succulence. It bears red fruits such as raspberry, cherry, and is a rounded affair, open for business now. It’s slightly weighty, and doesn’t drink with freedom as a result. 14°. 22,000 b. €20. 2029-31 Feb 2020

2016 ()

(vat) quite a dark red. The nose gives a rounded blackberry aroma, a note of beefiness, and a ripe, sleek inner, dustiness on the outside. There’s a sweet aspect to it. The palate bears cooked black fruits in the flavour with lithe tannins, and sinew in them. It hasn’t yet fused to be as one. There’s a little drift towards the end, but flashes of juice there. It’s medium weight, pretty agreeable, lacks a little spark. The aftertaste is cool, to its credit. 14°. 30,000 b. From spring 2019. 2029-30 Feb 2018

2014 ()

(vat) handsome dark robe. The bouquet is well rounded, well mannered: it presents raspberry fruit with a freedom of expression. The palate centres on fluid Grenache gras, so the early shape is rounded, with a facile squeeziness at its centre. It isn’t that lifted, is a trifle seared, and will advance into damp soil, woods moments around 2018-19. 26,000 b. €15. To 2020.  Dec 2015 

2013

(vat) garnet colour. The nose gives plum and prune aromas, with a note of garrigue. The palate is round on the attack with the tannins firm behind. Rich and grippy. From mid-2015. 2020-21 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

dark red; has a firm air, which involves black cherry, pure fruit and the cut and tang of mineral and graphite – the fruit aroma is classy. The palate provides stylish fruit of black cherry and raspberry, tasty moments. It continues well, with no hesitations, has a good inlay of smoky tannin. Style and real poise here, plenty of cut in the wine. The tannins are sparky, peppery. Very good. From mid-2015. 14.5°. 2024-25 Dec 2013

2011

bold dark robe, legs down the glass. Has a crunchy, dark, oily aroma with clear black fruit in it, shows oak-smoke, and promises variety and pleasure in the future. The palate starts widely, its flavour led by blackberry and blackcurrant. It holds fresh grain tannins that mostly fit in. It ends on a good crunch, freshly. It needs 18 months. The palate is well-lined, the fruit driving along to the finish. A modern wine with good spark in it, but it does have local roots which can emerge from 2015 on. Menthol late moments come through. 14.5°. 2023-25  May 2013  Previously Nov 2012 **** (bottling in two weeks) shiny intensity of red. The nose holds well, is compact, shows oily black fruit, liberal pepper and a light dustiness. The palate has a good, rich foundation, and lengthens confidently, with no blips. The flavour mixes raspberry, prune, attractive sweetness and a touch of flowers. Good gras and tannins add to its appeal – are ripe and tasty. It has a peppery aftertaste. Good Vacqueyras: has polish and authenticity. 14°. 2022-24  Nov 2012

2010

dark red, black plum centre. Smoky bacon, grilled air with sweet, pretty intense dark berry fruit inside. Gives a picture of shiny, gleaming black berries. There is a pepper-spice thread along the palate; has a good mix of gras and texture and polished, clear notes in its tannins. It ends clearly, even a note of menthol there. Compact wine that carries well, is long, also compact. Sound balance. From late 2014. 14°. 2025-26  Nov 2012  Previously June 2011 *** dark glints in the robe. Sweet, well-curved black fruit aroma that shows varietal influences over terroir. Juicy, easy fruit with muscle from half way along the palate. The fruit is clearly struck, Grenache is prominent, and it lengthens soundly. Licorice, gummy aftertaste from the Syrah. Decent length. Just bottled. 14°. 2018-19. 30,000 b this year. June 2011

2009

pretty full robe; the nose offers blackberry and a ripple of sweet ripeness, a deep red berry such as loganberry note. The palate also starts richly, though it isn't especially nuanced, and is built around fat, plump virtues. There is some reduction on the finish, so this can be decanted. Reliable wine that doesn't quite engage me. From spring 2012. 14.5°. 2019-20 June 2011

2008

mild, quite full red robe; peppery, scratchy black fruit nose with fresh snap in it, licorice and black pepper. The palate offers smoky but approachable black fruit, has weight in it, and it will settle and even close up. Very respectable – an expressive, if a little raw, wine. It keeps going OK, and is not a wine of artifice. Finish is not bad, either. 13.5°. 2016-17 Nov 2009

2007

full robe. Rather savage, animal air on the nose – leather, dusty plateau time, raisin and prune – there is plenty here. The palate has the rich take on 2007 Southern Rhône – a full coating of black fruit with a good tannic surround. Has lots to offer – a real honest delivery from this. The tannins demand it be left for 2-3 years. A vibrant wine that is very authentic. 14.5°. 2020-22. 50% Syrah, 45% Grenacge, 5% Carignan this year. Nov 2009

2006

full robe, not that bright in tone. Has a ripe, long hang-time nose, with some game notes – is pretty broad and has an earthy, toffee air around the red fruit. The palate starts with a moderated tone – there are plenty of ripe tannins circulating, and it gains weight as it goes. The red fruit here is very Grenache in nature. Ends broadly and fully. The tone is quite rich, not in excess. Late on it becomes more demanding. 2019-20 Jan 2008