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80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (av age 48 years) from 2 hectares, stony north-facing soils at 250-300 metres, destemmed, 30-40 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, cap punching, lees stirred, aged 60% 1-2 year 225-litre oak casks, 20-30% large 30 hl barrels, 10-20% concrete vat 12-15 months, filtered, 2,000-15,000 b

2015 ()

(casks/barrel) full red robe. The bouquet is promising, is well filled with a curvy aroma of black berry fruits, macerated black cherries, is an appealing start. The palate is lined with cool, salted black cherry fruits, and is a sleek and smoothly textured affair. The link between nose and palate is close. This is polished, modern, tasty Gigondas, with a small outcrop of powdered tannin on the finish. 15.5°. 2,000 b. 80% Gren, 15% Syr, 5% Mourv. Bottled 20 Sept 2016. €27.50. From spring 2018. 2025-27 March 2017

2013 ()

bright purple hue. Chocolatey-mocha aroma on the nose. There is sweet fruit on the attack, but the oak is clearly present. It finishes tightly-knit and drying. It is rather too tough and chewy to give real pleasure. 15°. From 2017. Bottled 20 Nov 2014. €27.50. 2023-24  JL Dec 2014

2011

(casks) deep, dark robe. The nose is measured, in waiting. It has a softly sweet air of blackberry and raspberry, is round and easy to appreciate. The palate is also sweetly infused, led by blackberry and prune. The tannins have a gummy texture, are ripe, and give another layer beyond the fruit. A light mineral tint runs through the palate, doing a sound job. It ends on a round, rather chewy note. A Steady Eddie Gigondas. There is a note of toffee on the aftertaste. From mid-2014. 15°. 2023-24  Dec 2012

2010

(casks/barrel) dark robe; broad, subdued aroma, but the nose gives the sense of rippling abundance with compact blackberry fruit at its core. The palate is thorough all the way through, from start to finish. Black fruit coats the palate completely- here is an inescapable abundance and delivery of it. It holds oily black fruit, with tar trimmings, is very profound and long. A King of the Jungle wine, but not exaggerated. 15°. Good value at €9.45 export price. 2030-32 Dec 2011

2006

black robe, some mauve in it. Traditional, robust style nose – gently cooked blackberries with peppermint airs, sweet herbs, smoke, red jam. Well shaped palate fruit, tannins grow as it goes, boosted by an oak presence. Masculine content, sinewed tannins. Has definite core, discreet intensity, balance is good. Time will benefit this persistent wine. 2017-18 Nov 2008

2004

fair red; plum fruit, brewed, earthy airs, a little floral in the nose. Logan, mulberry fruit flavour, but this is brewed up, on the extract, and lacks clarity. From late 2007. To 2013.  Dec 2006