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58-75% Grenache, 15-20% Mourvèdre, 10-22% Syrah from mixed marl, limestone, alluvial, some stony soils on La Marone (S-E), Saint Jean (S), Les Plâtrières (S), destemmed, light crush, 3 week vinification, daily pumping overs, raised 60-67% 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks, 33-40% concrete vat 12-18 months, fined, filtered, 2,600-5,000 b

2018 ()

red robe. The bouquet is broad, muscular, generates strength in its red fruit, red cherry aroma, with garrigue herbs. The attack is fired, firm, with a solid couch, the content close-knit. There’s a note of late power. It’s in a raw state for now, and could have been raised longer, I feel. What it does have is genuine local character, is a wine from the lower, warmer reaches of the appellation. The finish is chewy, assertive. 14.5°. 2,680 b. 58% Gren, 22% Syr, 20% Mourv. €19.5 at cellars. From 2022, decant it. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2014 ()

(vat/casks, bottling June 2016) dark colour; the nose gives rounded, sweet airs of blackberry, prune, a smoky Marmite stock angle as well. The palate provides mild black jam fruit with a supple texture; it gains a little density towards the finish. A typically mild 2014, the flavour of black cherry only partly delivered for now. It is a touch facile. Allow until 2018, when there will be more of a sing-song to this wine. Its balance is OK, so it can evolve consistently and gradually. 14.6°. 2,600 b. 75% Gren, 15% Mourv, 10% Syr. €17.20. 2026-27  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

(vat/casks, bottling May 2015) pale purple-garnet hue. Fragrant and forward on the nose, which shows red berry and herbal notes. The attack is soft, but there is a touch of bitterness behind. The tannins are slightly on the green side. 15°. 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah. 33% vat raised. 2,650 b. From 2016. 2024-25 JL Dec 2014

2007 ()

good depth in nose, which keeps ticking over, has a supple outer air: there is a generous, sweet note to this. The palate is round and warmly textured, shows an oak influence alongside the good mid-palate juice. It lengthens on firm notes, and I reckon the oak can absorb more by 2015. 2020-22 March 2011