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45-55% Grenache (mid-1970s), 20-40% Syrah (mid-1980s), 10-13% Mourvèdre, 5-10% Carignan, 0-8% Cinsault (mid-1960s) from filtering gravel-limestone soils, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, steel vat raised 5-10 months, fined, filtered, biodynamic wine, 50-70,000 b

2016 ()

clear red robe. Has a curvy, open bouquet, a bonny red berry fruit, strawberry and black cherry, licorice. The attack is juicy and wholesome, fluid; there is lots of free run juice here. Fine tannin runs along the sides. This has an enjoyable simplicity, fine fruit in the saddle. It gathers some momentum as it goes, ending with a floral, plum-fruited flourish. There is good purity in it, as usual from la Cabotte. It opens up well after one hour open. I note a slight dip after half way, the finish gentle. Day 3: the bouquet really opens up, gives a luxuriant fruit aroma. 13.5°. To 2021 Aug 2017

2015

dark red robe, with purple. A coulis of blackberry aroma leads the bouquet, backed by a little dustiness and some dried herbs, black olives also licorice. The palate centres on a tight black cherry flavour with grippy tannins. It drinks clearly, and will move along into a more open phase from spring 2017. The fruit is pure and direct. The finish is peppery. Authentic feel, a stylish red Côtes. 13.5°. 60,000 b. 2022-23  June 2016 

2014 ()

rather pale red. There is an open and inviting ease in the bouquet – blackberry jam all in roundness, flowers. The palate is lightly fruited, bears fine tannin, drinks freely, delivers cassis-blackcurrant and a small spot of gras richness on the finale. Bottled 15 March 2015, two months early because there was so little 2013 to sell. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 20% Syr, 13% Mourv, 9% Cari, 8% Cins. To 2017  Apr 2015

2013

bright red with crimson. The bouquet is racy, offers plenty of live dark red berry fruit, raspberry fruit, along with ground coffee beans and licorice, has a nice air of freedom. This bouquet presents itself well. The palate continues this racy fruit theme, with pepper a strong influence. It ends on licorice and a nut-crunch, near tar angle. Can provide solo drinking, with even a little chilling of the wine on the agenda. This is close to w.o.w. wine. It ends with a bang, a little drily, but that is consistent with the rest of the palate. Has definite grip as it ends. It is a joli wine. 13.5°. 45% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv, 10% Cari, 5% Cins this year. €3.60 export, sound Value. 55,000 b. To 2017 or so. Dec 2014

2011

shiny, quite dark robe; blackberry fruit, a bit of vanilla in a potentially stylish nose; the fruit has lift and appeal, is smoky, and will vary and blossom well, is inviting. There is a minted, wee cocoa element in the fluid black fruit, while raspberry emerges on the finish. A good, safe bet Côtes du Rhône, whose length is fresh, and the fruit carries well. There is minor grain tannin at the end. Best with food, herb strewn dishes. 13°. 2015-16  Oct 2012

2007

full, pretty red; nutty, primary outer air on a full nose in which lies abundant red cherry fruit. This is a measured wine, all nice and compact; comes with sinew from its cooler zone, shows a little tannic siding at the end. Promising on nose and palate. From spring 2010. 13°. To 2014. March 2009