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77-90% Grenache (1960s), 5-10% Syrah, 5-10% Mourvèdre, 0-3% Cinsault from stony red clay-limestone soils on Pallieroudas (W), destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling, 21-30 day vinification at 28°C, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, twice daily pumping overs, 2 cap punchings the final week, aged 70% concrete vat, 25-30% 2-3 year 225 & 228-litre (ex d’Yquem, Guigal, François Frères) & 2-year 600-litre oak casks (ex-C Billon, Côte-Rôtie) 12 months, unfined, lightly filtered, 10-22,000 b

2018 ()

(concrete vat/casks) dark red; the nose has a brewed, oxtail, prune, black olives aroma, charged by the sun, a dense opening. It shows weight over freshness. The palate is thickly filled, multi layered with red fruits, mulberry, with ripe tannins set inside its wheel. The aftertaste is rounded, retains its density. The length is sound, with no heat on the aftertaste. It’s a brewed, almost Mediterranean style of Gigondas, for game dishes. It avoids being too weighted. 77% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 3% Cins. €22 at cellars. From 2022, decant it. 2036-38 Feb 2020

2017

(vat/casks) dark, deep robe; the nose gives a savoury aroma, lamb stock, stewed fruits with a small note of grilling. Its depth allows room for mystery; the potential for more is sound. The palate bears slightly high octane content, is roasted, holds quite heavy duty tannins. It bustles with a Morello cherry and blueberry fruiting, is a gourmand wine for drinking in smallish amounts. It will please through its all smooth texture. 77% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 3% Cins. From mid-2020. 2035-37 Oct 2018

2016

(vat/casks) sound, rather full red robe. The bouquet has rumbustious appeal, a nice, fat expression of Grenache plum with strawberry liqueur, some dusty trails. The palate has an inky make-up, with blood style content, and fresh, grainy tannins calling the odds on the late stages. This is genuine, ground force Gigondas, with the fresh “clack” at the end very typical, a smoky tone from that. From mid-2020. 2035-37 Oct 2017

2015

(casks, bottling March 2017) red robe; the bouquet has a ripe black cherry aroma, with a note of baking below, is a little on the edge as regards its degree and level of content. The palate is robust, has definite grunt factor, with its black stone fruits content closely followed by tannins that are chewy and lip smacking. It lacks the pedigree of the leaders this year, when finesse was possible to achieve. It’s hearty, traditional in style. 14°. 77% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 3% Cins. 21,000 b. €19. From late 2018. 2032-34 Feb 2017

2014 ()

(casks) red robe. The nose has an air of toffee, caramel, which prevails over its latent red fruit. The palate only clarifies as it finishes, via a little lift in its black fruit, prune flavour. The tannins have a gummy, coated feel, are on the wild side. This resides in different houses for now, needs until 2018 to fuse further. It has a downhome honesty, a genuine punch, is a traditional wine. 14.5°. 10,000 b. €18. 2025-27  Dec 2015  

2013 ()

shiny, quite full red robe. The nose is starting to open, blossom: there is a latent air of raspberry fruit, a pocket of depth, a hint of dried herbs. The palate gives a rolling run of raspberry, red berry fruit with supple tannins lining the way. It all fits together pretty well, has a genuine, assured local depth. It finishes on its red fruit with gras present. 14.5°. Bottled 8 Sept 2015. 10,000 b. €18. From mid-2016. 2028-30 Dec 2015  Previously Dec 2014 **** (casks, bottling March 2015) purple colour. Cherry, raspberry and kirsch aromas mingle on the nose. There is attractive fruit on the palate, a hint of Grenache plum in the flavour; this is juicy, fresh and clean. Its tannins are firm but refined. This is a neat package with ageing potential. 15°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv. €17. From 2016. 2028-29 JL Dec 2014  

2012 ()

(vat/casks, bottling 15 Dec 2013, in two weeks) dark red; here comes oak on the nose whose toffee note partly blocks access to its rather bright red berry fruit underlay, also has a flinty note. The palate starts on cooked red fruits such as quince and plum with a direct feel, a smoked oak layer around it. It labours along after half way, loses its momentum and lapses into a more sticky, toffee note which is disappointing. Possible fusion and greater clarity from 2016. 15°. 20,000 b. €15 at cellar door. 2024-26  Dec 2013