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60-65% Grenache, 25-40% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, destemmed, 3 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 20-50% 5-6 year 400-litre oak casks, 50-80% large 50 hl barrels 12-18 months, filtered, 10,000 b

2014 ()

(cask/barrel) quite a dark red colour; has a slightly reductive nose, but one with a good filling of black fruit, a note of varnish, some mocha, a low-key dustiness also. The palate has a fruit gum, pastille flavour with a spot of sweetness, the content compact. It is a little restricted in scope, the fruit recedes on the finish. 13.5°. 10,000 b. €10.50. From spring 2016. To 2019  Apr 2015

2013

(cask/barrel) steady dark red robe; this has an open, available black berry aroma, full of slightly sweet appeal, has a note of leafiness. This drinks easily, as well: the fruit is wavy, darkens a little with a licorice, tangy input, towards the end. The finish is still a little gritty, but this is a supple, unforced wine, for drinking from late 2015. 13.5°. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €10.50. To 2018  Apr 2015

2012

(cask/barrel) dark robe, black tints; has a wide capacity nose – there is a strong air of menthol on top of silken black fruits, cedar touches: overall, this is elegant, very together. The palate presents well bundled black fruit and active, well-installed tannin. It reaches out along the palate, ends still running, broadly. This provides plenty, has 2012 freedom. A modern, well-made wine, though there are dry late notes, front of the mouth acidity which could be a temporary concern. 60% Gren, 40% Syr, aged 80% large barrel, 20% cask. 14°. €4.50 ex cellars. From late 2014. To 2019  Oct 2013

2010 ()

50 cl bottle: dark red in a deep robe. Smoke, black olive, blackberry aroma that is deep and secure, has a salty outcrop. There is some internal baked heat, the air of dry lands, in it. The palate is juicy, has good grip, is a good wine. The black fruit flows cleanly – this is very drinkable. Very good, typical 2010 – free drinking, clear, has cut; its tannins are brisk still. Herbs and garrigue appear on the finish, which firms as it breathes. A slow burn wine – a tight, firm, determined 2010. Good class, close to STGT. 13.5°. 2018-20 Aug 2013

2009 ()

65% Grenache, 35% Syrah this year: full robe, life in it. Interest on the nose is raised by its Syrah, which brings a floral, live black fruit grace to the bouquet, which is well-shaped. The Syrah influence continues on the palate – it is juicy and fleshy, with ripe tannins at the end. The finale is gutsy, with floral traces. Interesting wine. From spring 2011. 2015-16 Sept 2010

2005 ()

dark robe; the nose gives an air of black raisin, prune and date. The palate bears stern dark fruit, as befits this tannic vintage, and a hover of dark chocolate. The centre of the wine is firm, still tight, has a line of dark juice, in the compressed, very 2005, manner. 13.5°. 2020-22 Apr 2015

2001 ()

the robe is still complete; has a red fruit-menthol aroma that is open and harmonious. Violet-scented, easy fruit on the palate, without a moment of big lift-off, though. Makes for clean and pleasant drinking. I`d like more width and dash about it. Safe, reliable with some end tannin and a touch dry finale. It becomes more serene and the finish less dry when drunk with a pork dish. 13°. 2008-09 Nov 2006