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75-80% Grenache, 10-15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah from La Marone et Beau Regard (S-E), Saint Jean (S-W), Les Platrières (S), black marl, lime, stony soils, av age 38 years, destemmed, light crush, 15-24 day enamel vat vinification, daily pumping overs, raised concrete, enamel vat 12-15+months, fined, filtered, 15,700-22,500 b

2018

matt plum colour; the bouquet is simple, with a sweet-toned red berry aroma, strawberry jam in the air, a light vegetal siding. The palate is brief, rather dilute, bears red fruits with a notion of power towards the finish. In the old days I would call this stringy. It lacks Gigondas authority. 14.5°. 13,000 b. 75% Gren, 10% Syr, 15% Mourv. €14.5 at cellars. 2027-28 Feb 2020

2017

(concrete vat) full, deep red. The bouquet is rounded, curved with lush raspberry and strawberry fruit, a floral, aromatic sweetness attached, which continues into the musky-noted palate. This has a soaked fruits, sunswept nature, and it’s not a wine that’s easy to drink, is stifled by its own ripe sweetness to some extent. There are late toffee notes, the tannins are gummy, bendy. I suspect it would have been better balanced with crop from higher up in the Dentelles. If you like sweet things, then this is your bag. 75% Gren, 15% Mourv, 10% Syr. From late-2020. 2036-38 Oct 2018

2015 ()

Grenache-led red robe, medium depth. The nose is quiet, with a lurking air of cooked plum fruit, and a little roasting, a dash of inner strength. The palate is really liberal with its juice that washes hither and thither; there is a plum fruit heart to it, and some sparky tannins that bring crunch and saltiness on the finish, followed by a spiced aftertaste. This has a good frame around its content, stands up well, and will do well with beef, red meats. It’s a good, trim, spicy and honest Gigondas with no flim-flam. 14.5°. 17,900 b. 75% Gren, 15% Mourv, 10% Syr. €12.60. From late 2017. 2025-26 May 2017

2014 ()

dark red; the nose has potential, for now offers an ash, cendré, air with red cherry backing, a suggestion of dried herbs. The palate is balanced, issues red berry fruit with a little nudge of pretty ripe tannin, ends on a compact ball of content. The fruit is a cool redcurrant, and the smokiness brings lift. Pretty genuine. 14.5°. 20,000 b. Bottled 2 Sept 2015. €12.20. From mid-2016. 2022-24  Dec 2015 

2013

fair red robe. Has a black cherry aroma in a pretty sleek nose which is just a bit on the back foot. This is a clear, dentelle/toothsome affair: its berry fruit is clear-cut, its tannins fine. It is just a bit top heavy on its alcohol to matter ratio, and could have more body. It shows some late sweetness. Not really that well balanced. 15°. From mid-2016. 2023-24  Feb 2015

2012

(vat, bottling in 2 weeks, 19 Dec 2013) dark red; ripe Grenache plum, soaked fruits air, good layers of red berry aroma – a bouquet that persists. The palate is nicely prolonged, bearing nicely prolonged, rolling, sexy red stone fruit, mulled red berries with a little tinder box, drier grain tannin dancing on top of it. Authentic, well-presented succulence of fruit here, that has a touch of necessary freedom as it finishes, keeps flowing. Very Grenache-centric in style, a gourmand, generous pleaser. Decant it. from mid-2015. 15°. 75% Gren, 15% Mour, 10% Syr, 15,700 b, low, this year. Good VALUE at €11.40 at the cellars. 2022-24  Dec 2013

2011 ()

(vat, bottling Jan 2013) quite a shiny red. The nose bears red mulled fruit, is nicely weighted, offers fleshy appeal. Garrigue and baked bread airs complete an authentic debut. The red fruit has a smoky fuse in it, is stylish and deep. It ends on that spark of cut, flint, and its close is well-defined. From spring 2014. 15°. 75% Gren, 15% M, 10% Syr, 20,800 b, this year. 2023-24.  Dec 2012

2010 ()

(vat) fair red robe. Pepper-oily mix on the nose, cooked raspberries and plum fruit with smoke and varnish. The flavour is raspberry, with moving parts to it – it is never static or clumpy. It has fine acidity that grips it on the finish, and the aftertaste is gum-smacking. From late 2013. 2027-29 Dec 2011

2008

plum robe, red heart to it. A spice-pepper air reflects the vintage, and its depth and variety are commendable – you wouldn`t know what a tricky year it was. This is a really good, mouth-filling, accessible wine, genuine and attractive. Very good drinkability – you get bang for your buck here. Ends clearly – menthol tints there. 15°, not apparent. 2022-24 March 2011

2007

pretty, bright red robe. Fine aroma that reflects red jelly, a lacing of toffee, baked red fruits – there is a low key restraint here. Good Grenache lead to the palate, which is nice and clear, balanced, has fine tannins. The finish is fresh, bringing in eau de vie, pepper, spice. Fine, poised, clear wine. Not from the blood and guts school – the accent is more on the purity of the Grenache. Safe round end. From late 2010. 2018-19 Dec 2009

2006

mild, quite dark matt red. Nicely juicy black berry aroma, cassis and licorice mixed – even if it is a little restrained, withdrawn today. The palate black fruit is delivered in an upright shape – has a core of tidy richness and lengthens OK after that, ending on a clean, rather mint crème note. Respectable, not demanding wine. Will be more open around spring 2009. 2015-17 Jan 2008

2004 ()

bonny robe, dark red. Has a primary, young, just post-fermentation aroma – red fruits – and it is nice and clear. The palate red fruits are clearly expressed, and flow well, have a sustained run. Graceful wine that is rounded, but has a sense of direction. I like its balance and its clarity. It is quite punchy and local. 2015-16 Dec 2006