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45-50% Grenache (1930s-1960s), 45% Syrah (1960s), 5-10% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, manual cap punchings, part vat emptying/refilling, 95% vat, 5% used 228-litre oak casks raised 12 months, unfined, filtered, called La Bastide Saint Martin since 2015, Saint Martin before, 5-15,000 b

2017

dark red colour; the bouquet is restrained, gives a rounded aroma of red berry fruit, a little sweet n’savoury angle to it, has nice depth. The palate relies on Grenache for its suave delivery of red cherry fruits, crushed berries, garners thyme, sage into its mix before the close, which has a nice little vegetal coolness. It finishes well, still rather chunky there. 14°. From mid-2020. 2031-33 Mar 2019

2015 ()

(vat/casks) fair red robe. The nose is rather simple, with a lead of raspberry. The palate centres on mild Grenache. Seems to be the result of high yields perhaps, since it lacks real depth. The finish is round and mild. A plain wine for a Rasteau. 14°. 15,000 b. From 2017. 2020-21 May 2016

2014

red robe. The nose is direct, hands out raspberry fruit with gun smoke, licorice. The palate holds a small essence of red fruits with a surround of crisp tannin that gives a flinty sign-off. Upright in shape, leave until spring 2017. 14°. 5,000 b. 50% Gren, 45% Syr. 5% Mourv, 2021-22  May 2016 Previously Apr 2015 ***(*) (vat) full robe; has a gently assured aroma of curvy black berry fruit, a jam sweetness delivered in a fine register. The palate continues in the same vein – the fruit is squeezy, easy to enjoy, providing lots of suave texture and washy, joli moments. The finish is long, instant, and delivers licorice. A real sphere of a wine - dig that shape – this is w.o.w. wine. It will be ready soon – from late 2015. 14.5°. 6,000 b. €6.85 export USA. 2020-21 Apr 2015 

2013 ()

rather dark robe; the fruit on the nose is on the back foot, is subdued. There is a hint of smoke and blackberry jam, maybe cocoa. The palate is well founded, carries its flavour quite a long way, producing pebbly tannins as it finishes. This holds live Grenache and its spicing, which form an essential part of its make-up. Genuine, quite punchy. 14°. 6,000 b. €6.85 export. From spring. 2016. 50% Gren, 45% Syr, 5% Mourv. 2021-22  Apr 2015

2012 ()

dark red. Mulled black berries aroma in a nose that is just a little on the obscure side; there is perhaps a note of black raisin and thyme with it. The palate is compact, carries close-knit red fruit with a breath of warm lands strength present. It has good, honest heart, and is suited to stews, game dishes. The unbridled content travels a good, long way. It drinks well now, capturing its innate force. Can be decanted. 14°. 6,000 b. 2020-21 Apr 2015  

2010 ()

(probably oak) mid+ red; charcoal-grainy nose, resin influences. Stretched, peppery palate, which lacks real flow and style in the fruit. Country boy, rustic sort of wine, a chunky do. The finish has burnt, chocolate notes. Try from late 2012, but is not going to improve if this is already bottled. Bitter moments. Lacks gras. From autumn 2012. 2016-17 Tasted blind in London, April 2011

2009 No Rating

2 bottles tasted, I find Brett, reduction, dead animal, disorder. May 2012 Previously April 2010 *** full robe; ripe but not OTT over the top ripe fruit aroma, comes with good Grenache layering, is sweet and typical. Harmonious, attractive fruit on the palate, is a good ensemble here. Nearly ready. Has good late tannic grip. 2016-18 April 2010