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The Wines

40-50% Grenache, 20-25% Syrah, 15-20% Mourvèdre, 10-20% Cinsault (av age 42 yrs in 2014), harvested at night to avoid oxidation and use of SO2, destemmed, wild yeasts, 2 week vinification at up to 28°C, pumping overs, cap punching, concrete vat raised 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, total SO2 90 mg/litre, organic, biodynamic wine, 120,000 b

2013

rather pale red. Spicy, snappy aroma, just a gentle hint of flowers, primroses, with liqueur red cherry and rocky dustiness. The bouquet has a lot of variety and nuance, is out of the loop, also involves dried flowers or pot-pourri, blackcurrant bud. This is a most interesting start. The palate is a great assembly of red berries, capsicum, tension, mineral, all in the one glass. It expands and starts to glow after half way, expressing the South as it does so. A wine of naked properties, clearly struck, very dentelle or lifted. I give this marks for character, big time. It has a pepper-spice outer, neat red fruit inside, rose-hip as well. Very digestible, w.o.w. wine. 4 days later: still great, clear as a bell. 13°. 50% Gren, 25% Syr, 15% Mourv, 10% Cins this year. To 2019 Jan 2015

2012 ()

comfortable dark red; red cherry liqueur, crushed nut shells in an unusual nose that has a sweet floral inlay and a round Grenache centre. There is a latent note of black pepper. The palate offers power from within, a feature that is only really noticeable on the aftertaste. It starts on a sheen of red plum fruit, with sweet herbs and garrigue present. Intrigue, mystery lie here. You can concentrate on it, and try to identify different nuances, listen to Miles Davis or good jazz at the same time. The aftertaste is flinty, ash-like. It is long, but not obviously so – has good grip, quiet resolve. Pastas, monkish, lamb. This can live. 13°. €3.60 export. 90,000 b. 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault. 2019-20  Oct 2013

2011

medium red colour. Spiced, rather sweet aroma resembling strawberry jam, has a few incidental herbs as well. The palate is overtly juicy, a touch contrived, the finish nutty and smoky more than fruited. Has a cool straightness about it, no pretence. The aftertaste comes across as dusty plains. Fine bone, upright wine, good clarity. Making its quiet way. 80,000 b. 40% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault. 2016-17  Oct 2012