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50% Grenache, 50% Mourvèdre from stony soils at Lirac & St Laurent-des-Arbres, destemmed, 24 hr cool pre-fermentation maceration, varieties vat fermented separately, 15-18 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, steel vat raised 16-24 months (until mid-2010s oak cask raised 12 months), unfined, filtered, “drink with red meats, lamb, duck”, 20-40,000 b

2016

full, dark red. There is some reduction in a stewed fruits aroma which isn’t as refined as the leaders in 2016, some sweet blackberry, a note of prune. The palate holds suave, supple content with blackberry, minted moments, licorice, soft tannins and a touch of floral aromatics. Raspberry fruit emerges towards the finish. It’s on the go now, for barbecues, steaks, isn’t as structured as the top 2016s. It’s a little instant, could be fresher, too; it keeps going OK. 14.5°. 20,000 b. €4.45. 2022 Aug 2018

2012 ()

(vat, bottling Jan 2014) dark robe; solid, few chinks in the fabric of the bouquet, has sturdy depth. Shows black stone fruit, wee chocolate. The palate starts fully, bears coated black fruit with a bundle of lively tannin pressing in on it. The aftertaste is “dark”, young still, as it pushes on. It will need 2 years to ease its still rather stern finale. It has clear fruit at its heart, is a modern, clear wine. 25,000 b. 2020-21 Oct 2013

2011 ()

quite a dark red. Prune and blackberry ease features in the bouquet, and a liberal distribution of thyme, sage – a bonny and local start. There is an attractive mix of fresh tang, salt, black berry fruit and licorice on the palate – this has character. The fruit crunches down on the finish into a smouldering, slightly oaked finale. It has cut as it ends, is nearly in shape, try from 2014. I like its vigour. 14.5°. To 2018. VALUE at €7.90.  May 2013

2010 ()

fine, bright red. Overtly spice-pepper aroma with herbal touches – has a fresh rush to it, is Grenache influenced more than anything else. The palate is soft, easy going: it is direct, vintage shaped, shows some late heat – I suspect is 15°. Lives rather on its alcohol and power. The finish is disorderly, its acidity is not settled into it. Pepper on the aftertaste. 14.5°. From late 2012. 2018-19 Dec 2011

2009

steady red, very Grenache colour; there is a honeyed sweetness on the nose – it shows red plum fruit, raspberry jam, is a soft debut. There are some burnt notes in its floral red fruit – this is a mixed bag. It ends on tar, gritty, grilled notes as if there is unfinished business between the attack and the finale, where there is some heat. From mid-2012. 14.5°. To 2016  July 2011

2008 ()

matt black cherry robe. Sweet jam aroma that is low on freshness, shows wild strawberry fruit that comes with charcoal-tar edges. This kinda limps along the palate: there is modest fruit with gamey instincts in it, lacks lift. Drink soon wine that is not decisive, cohesive, and there is heat on the aftertaste. Best with food. To 2013  Dec 2009

2007 ()

full red-black robe; there is a tremble of black fruit across the glass – smoke and licorice, an aroma that is a bit stiff for now – no doubt due to the Mourvèdre. The palate holds dark berry fruits with a free air to them. The fruit fades towards the finish. This lacks some stuffing, and is marked by its Mourvèdre, especially as it has been in bottle for a while. More vat raising would have helped, I think. 2013-14 March 2009

2006

the nose has some depth – shows black fruits, a little olive air and some game as well. Rich, nice and broad start to palate, with a succulent texture and clean fruit. There is a Mourvèdre emphasis at the end, a firm plum aspect. Maybe this will settle as it ages, given it now has licorice and tannic outcrops late on. Pleasant wine. “I bottled this in May 2007, and should have given it three months`more raising before bottling,” Luc Pelaquié. 2011-12 Oct 2007