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50% Grenache, 50% Mourvèdre (av age 35 years) from galet stone covered clay-limestone, partly sandy soils, destemmed, 3 week concrete vat vinification of two varieties apart, wild yeasts, daily pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 20 months, unfined, filtered, biodynamic wine, 8,500 b

2018

shiny, quite full red robe; the bouquet runs with a blackberry fruit heart, has notes of raspberry and a little hint of garrigue herbs. It’s not yet fully together, but can come along nicely. The palate is juicy, full, entertaining, the mid-palate tasty, the fruit crispness notable. It travels well into a clear finale. This carries local grounding, with some chewy notes in the tannins that require another 18 months or so. It’s a well made, genuine Lirac. If left until late-2021, it can move to ****, is rated on that basis. 14.5°. 2029-31 July 2020

2016

very dark, purple-black robe. Has a sweet, black cherry infused aroma, a bouquet that shows the lush nature of 2016, notes of black fruit gums, black fruit liqueur. The palate sequels closely into supple, richly moving black fruit content with lingering intensity in the black berry fruits, extended length from them. There’s a hint of late oak. This offers gourmandise in the glass, with a stroke of powdered texture from tannins on the finish, licorice there derived from its Mourvèdre. This is good, full and enjoyable. 13.5°. 8,500 b. From 2020. 2030-32 Sept 2018

2015 ()

dark red robe. The nose is an invigorating mix of spice, oaking, black fruits, some grilling. It sequels well into a vigorous, fresh palate that is lined with black, salted black fruits and tarry tannins. This is till on its oak raising – there is some varnish from that – and it has the vintage stiffness for now. The fruit flashes around it, the aftertaste cool and minted. There is a good Grenache flourish on the finish. Good with roast beef. From mid-2018 for more fusion. 2028-30 Sept 2017