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65-70% Grenache (mid-1960s), 30-35% Syrah (late 1970s-early 1980s) from galet stone covered soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, Grenache concrete vat raised 12 months, Syrah aged 1-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, previously called Cuvée Bacchus, wide bottle, good, long cork, “drink with rib of beef, marinaded lamb”, 6-10,000 b

2016 ()

dark red, some purple in the robe. The nose has a silken nature, , shows cherries, a touch of iodine, blackberry and prune, a hint of raspberry liqueur. It comes with intrinsic power. The palate is wide, smooth flowing with ample content, is a full do that requires sipping over free drinking. It holds well all along, carries ground force from within, accumulates its depth. The finish is ample, sustained, still sorting out its clarity. This is very long, is a soaked fruits style of wine, for venison, for example. The length is impressive, and there’s some late glow from its power. 15°. 10,000 b. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. From mid-2020. 2032-34 Oct 2018

2015 ()

dark red colour. The nose mixes black fruits with smoky oak, black cherries, licorice, mocha. The oak gives a point of varnish, tar. Slightly green oak features on the outside of a crushed black berry fruiting, taking over towards the finish. There is ripe content within to mostly handle the oak, and there are tasty moments in the fruit before the more oaked finale. Allow until mid-2018 for more oak infusion. This stands upright due to its oaking, and will be better in time. 15°. 2022-23 Sept 2017

2003 No Rating

ruby-tinted robe; a little plum fruit on the nose, some roasting in it. The palate fruit lacks clarity, and curls towards the finish. It lacks comfort on the finish, is stretched. Tired wine. April 2006