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50-60% Grenache (1910s), 40-50% Syrah (mid-1990s), hand harvested from sandy-clay, galet stone covered soils at St Laurent des Arbres, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 14°C, destemmed, 3 week vinification at up to 28-30°C, 1 daily pumping over, 1 daily part vat emptying/refilling, aged 50% 4-10 year 228-litre oak casks, 50% 600-litre oak casks 11 months, unfiltered, 5,000 b

2016

very dark red. Blackberry fruit – crushed, thick coulis in style – leads the nose, sweetness present, licorice, cooked plum and blueberry also. It’s a serious, rather weighty start, oiliness of the South, a note of iodine in it. The fruit ripeness is almost exaggerated. This is an ample affair, with suave richness central. It lengthens on oak-toasting, grip from the oak within the black cherry and blackberry fruit, smoke from oak. This is broad, full. It is weighted wine, closer to sipping than free drinking. The fruit will extend past its oaking on the finish in a couple of years. It closes on powdered tannins. 15°. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €15.40. From 2020. 2026-27 Aug 2018

2014 ()

dark red. Has a brewed up, wannabe big bouquet, airs of oxtail depth, black raisins. It is markedly southern, of warm lands. The palate runs freely with wavy, scented dark berry fruit, offers a gushing appeal, “come ride with me” in style. There are some dark, supple tannins lining the late stages. This is up-tempo wine whose vigour and freedom play strong roles. The aftertaste retains its juice. 14.5°. 5,000 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. 2020-21  Feb 2016