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100% Grenache from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Le Parc, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification at up to 28°C, cap punchings, pumping overs, oak cask aged 18 months, unfiltered, 1,200-1,500 b

2014

(casks) medium depth red. The nose is gentle for now, with a restrained air of blackberry. It has pretty good depth. The palate attacks with some strength, carries black fruits with spicing and a note of licorice. This holds bouncy, live tannins. The aftertaste is sustained, tasty, with a floral note and fleshy content. 14°. From 2018 or so. 2031-33 Oct 2015

2012 No Rating

(cask sample) legs down a very dark red robe; beef stock, oily concentration in the nose, a leather and also earth-bound solidity with a background show of black berry jam, almost a petrol essence. The palate fruit is more carefree than expected, before a rapid close-in of gutsy tannins that are really prominent. I hesitate with this – its balance is askew as presented. Drying tannins are the main problem, from its oak. Retaste post bottling. 15°. 1,500 b. Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark robe, which sober and matt in hue. The nose has airs of damp forest, is a big, brewed up affair, has wide shoulders. It is earthy, a nit animal. This is a real, unbridled Southern Boyo. The palate has a feral tang in its cooked, mature raspberry flavour. That sense of game lingers. Ripely harvested fruit fives it its heart. Its tannins are grainy, demanding for now. A grounded, grunt-like wine, no New Man, this. 15°. From mid-2015. 2025-26  Dec 2012

2010

dark red, some black tints. The nose shows a simmer of power that lies on top of its black fruit couch – for now it is a bit square, a touch stern. Slightly extreme-ripened crop notes on the nose – black fruit with a leaning toward a flavour of dates and eastern spices already. It moves along, but is designed to be impressive. The finale is scaled up –oak and the content from firm extraction feature there. Less charming than the best 2010s. From 2015. 2027-29 Dec 2011