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50-60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre (1950s-mid-1980s), 0-10% Cinsault from 10 hectares mostly on clay-limestone, galet stone covered soils on Vallongue plateau area, some sand, gravel on Traslepuy, hand harvested, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, daily pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 70% enamel & steel vat, 30% 2-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months (until early 2010s was aged 50% 3-year old 600-litre oak casks, 25% 4-year old oak casks, 25% concrete vat 12 months), unfined, filtered, “drink with “red meats, game, lamb, beef daube Provençale, refined cheeses”, 7,000 b

2016

steady dark red colour with purple tints. The nose is smoky, shows bacon, dusty trails, plum and mulberry fruit; it’s not quite as one yet, but has a beckoning intrigue to it. The palate bears lithe, fresh content with its freshness a key card. Crushed nutshells, spearmint, blueberry and mulberry mingle. The tannins are a little dry, halting for now. This can fuse with time, will gradually evolve. The length is good. It can become interesting, has character, a murmur of perfume in it. It’s intricate, worth dwelling upon, has a pleasant, rather soapy quality. 14.5°. 7,000 b. 50% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv, 10% Cins. From spring 2019. 2027-29 Aug 2018

2015

quite a dark red. The nose is interesting, smoky, raspberry airs discreetly on show, lamb stock savoury features. The palate attacks on bright pepper, and moves well , a powdered tannin presence acting as a spine through it. Dark fruits and a smoky tenor here, mulberry fruit, plums, with raspberry fruit on the mid-palate. The Cinsault allows it a pleasing looseness and clarity, while the finish holds neatly thanks to the Mourvèdre. It’s a connoisseur’s wine, not a crowd pleaser, is quietly well sustained, has character. 14°. 2023-24 Apr 2018

2014 ()

notably dark, full robe. Up comes a sleek, well channelled black cherry aroma with backing of beef stock, tarry oak. It is a big affair. The palate issues a mix of toasted oak and streamlined black fruits, licorice riding alongside. This is modern wine, with no real hidden corners. It isn’t yet all as one, is still in the throes of its cask and cellar raising. The core content is secure, with a couch of solid flavour. Red meats will do well with this. 14°1. 7,000 b. From spring 2017. 2021-22  Feb 2016 

2009 ()

dark robe. Notably sweet airs in a comprehensive bouquet, starts on fat blackberry fruit, shows liqueur notes that give the sense of very ripe crop, along with light floral-violet airs. The palate reflects the nose – holds fat, young, smooth-flowing fruit, the tannins well inserted. There is a spiced build-up on the finish, which is clear, has a menthol crispness. Well done wine. 2016-17 July 2011

2007 ()

dense, dark red. Has an oily, plummy aroma with a ripe Grenache heart, bears garrigue herbs, pepper, some snap in it. There is an agreeably quiet but sustained run of red plum fruit along the palate, Grenache in the lead, followed by peppery influences. It lengthens OK, is traditional in style, drinks well now, and shows a bonny licorice, aniseed note on the aftertaste. 14°. To 2014  Dec 2009

2005

(vat) quite a dark robe; mulled red fruits with an oily air, but there is a lack of depth in the bouquet. The palate has a peppery start, a core of black fruit that is upright in shape. The texture is rich, but not quite convincing. The end is peppery. Needs more roundness. I am not sure this is going to make it after bottling. Reflects the sometimes tough side of this vintage. Try from late 2008. 2011-12 June 2007