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80-90% Syrah (mid 1970s), 5-15% Grenache, 0-10% Cinsault from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, destemmed, 3 week vinification of varieties apart, wild yeasts, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 18-20 months, unfined, filtered, biodynamic wine, 4,400-6,000 b

2016

(vat) dark robe, mauve rim. The nose is close-knit, notes of beef stock, soaked black cherries, drifts of black pepper and their crackle, blueberry, a hint of licorice. The palate presents Syrah black fruit with a crisp lining either side, has inner strength, hasn’t shown its hand yet. This is grounded Lirac with sustained heart. The fruit has quality, and goes nicely long, will emerge further in time. Has a butty, solid style. 14°. 4,400 b. Bottling soon. From spring 2020. 2032-33 Sept 2018

2015 ()

dark red robe, a good aspect. This has an enticing, sweet-noted aroma, cassis/blackcurrant liqueur fruit, coulis in the glass. It has a primary, juvenile openness. There’s a touch of spice. The palate bears fine juice, fruit with good, supple tannins well housed within. There is style here – a lucid display of black fruits from the Syrah that hasn’t been over-ripened, so it keeps a fresh tune. The shape is clear, direct. There is good purity in the juice, a strong cassis fruiting. From spring 2018 to allow some late oak-toffee to fuse. 2029-31 Sept 2017

2014

(vat) steady red robe. The first aroma leads on soaked cherries – griottes - and cassis, with that liqueur styling. The palate holds red fruits with a supple texture, the tannins in place to fortify the finish just a little. This drinks now, is ready to go. It is a touch plain, but will be fine with fish dishes, including cod, and grills. 14°. €8. 6,000 b. 2020-22 Feb 2016