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98-100% Grenache (early 2000s), 0-2% Syrah from red clay, sandy, quartz galet stone soils at Lirac, Roquemaure & St Laurent-des-Arbres, destemmed, 30 day tulip concrete vat vinification at 25°C, pumping overs, daily cap punching, aged 50% new, 50% 2-year 600-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with leg of lamb & girolle mushrooms, wild duck, vegetable tian”, 2,400-4,000 b

2016

dark red; oak on the nose is the first hit, varnish – that predominates over crushed black berry fruit, coffee beans’ airs. The attack is oily, offers plenty of suave richness from the Grenache; it’s a palate with smoke from oak that sustains handsomely, has proper length. The richness of the vintage survives in the face of the oaking, though I’d like less oak, less of a Grenache-oak clash. The oak is still assertive on the close. Trim fruit lies at its heart, so allow until spring 2010. 15°. 4,000 b. €25. 2031-33 Aug 2018

2014 ()

(casks) fairly dark red. This has a red cherry liqueur, strawberry first aroma; it’s not that profound, shows a dustiness also. The palate drinks now, offers red fruit with a zip and tingle in it. The aftertaste is minted, clear. Drink with grilled foods, not heavy flavoured dishes. It is a bit simple and a touch short. 15°. To 2020  Feb 2016