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Grenache (1940s), Mourvèdre, Counoise, Syrah , Clairette blanche, Vaccarèse, Counoise from 0.57 hectare on Palestor (N) sand, clay, galet stone covered soils, from 2015 will also include 0.8 hectare on Chapouin (1929), destemmed, 3 week vinification, cap punchings, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refillings, fermented, aged 50-67% vat, 33-50% new, 2-3-4 year 228-litre oak casks 15 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2005, 2,500-2,660 b, 6,000 b from 2015

2015

(vat/casks) dark robe. The nose is locked in on itself, has a cooked blackberry, roasted connection, a note of black olives, only gives half its wares for now. The palate is also compact, bears tight, concentrated juice that reflects some of the high heat of the summer. The finish is solid, broad. I like its potential and authority, no messing around. A robust glass, with a sense of place. 14.5°. From 2019. 2030-33 Sept 2016

2013

quite a dark red; there are dark notes in the nose, which is broad and assured. It has a life force, gives very slight scenting and raspberry fruit. This is a very good start. The palate is a serious do: it holds plum, stone fruit, cooked damson with fresh tannins lining it, a good reach from them. This has commendable clarity and length, is a hands-off Châteauneuf-du-Pape, without a trace of over-ripeness or sucrosity. It ends with tight, dark features, comes with lots of pure local quality. From mid-2017 to resolve the depth of tannin and render it less upright. Integrity in the glass here. 14.5°. €28. 2029-30  Apr 2015

2008 ()

big, dark robe; black fruit, jelly in style on the bouquet. Plenty of ripe and gushing black fruit on the palate – it is at the outer limit in ripeness, gets into dangerous waters, on the road to excess without arriving there. 14.5°. 2019-20 March 2011

2005

clear black-red colour; has a safe option bouquet - it is clean and orderly, restrained, shows modern, sleek fruit with hints of black cherry. There is a dusty outcrop in the palate`s red fruit – this is young and straightforward, and not yet bearing any hidden corners or nuances. Decant if drinking it now. An orderly, calm wine with a tidy veneer – the child who always answers teacher`s questions. There is a little late oak and nuttiness in it, and it can become more local, say around 2012. 14.5°. From late 2010. 2022-24 June 2008