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40-60% Grenache (1940s-1960s), 30-60% Mourvèdre (1985-1995), 0-10% Syrah from sandy, red clay, garrigue stone covered soils, 80% destemmed, 4-5 week tronconic oak vat & concrete vat vinification, gentle top of vat daily cap punching, pumping overs, 1 part vat emptying/refilling, raised 75% steel vat, 25% 4-5 year 600-litre oak casks or a mix of vat & trononic oak vat 18 months (has been raised 45 hl & 53 hl large barrel 8-10 months, before mid-2010s raised 70% concrete vat 6-12 months, 30% tronconic oak vat 3-4 months, then concrete vat 3-8 months), 2+ bottlings, first after 9 months, unfined, filtered, organic, biodynamic wine, 4-14,000 b

2017

(vat/casks) quite a dark red; spice, white pepper set the bouquet in motion, a funnelled run of plum fruit, with pine needles, varnish attached. It’s still in the cellar, as is the palate, which is also on varnish, its raising, which prevails over its plum fruit content. There is spicing present, but it needs time to both fuse and shake off the oak, which is rare for a Cairanne. This is interventionist wine as it stands. 60% Mourv, 40% Gren. From 2022. 2032-34 Mar 2019

2016

quite a dark red colour; the nose gives a warm, rounded aroma of blackberry fruit, a note of rose petal, spicing, is straightforward, as is the palate, which comes with a strawberry jam flavour, backed by lightly chewy tannins. This is down the line Cairanne, correct, suited to casseroles, roast meats. I’m wanting more delivery on the second half, more oomph. It’s a little on the back foot, now, may show more from mid-2020. 15°. 11,000 b. 60% Gren, 40% Mourv. 2030-32 Mar 2019 Previously Oct 2017 ***(*) (vat, bottling June 2018) dark red. Has a round blackberry-led aroma, cassis de Dijon, a coulis invitation, good detail in the fruit. The palate links well to the nose, is juicy and well formed around stylish matter, supple and ripe tannins well inside. The finish is on fine juice, pure. This is serene, with a little sweet, dried herbs, garrigue influences. It’s a sing song wine that holds good balance, is w.o.w. and will be versatile for the restaurant trade. 50% Gren, 50% Mourv. 2025-27 Oct 2017

2015

(large barrel) pretty dark red colour. The nose gives a firm Grenache plum fruiting, with a roasted side. It stands up well, and will vary over time. The palate holds supple red fruited content with a soft approach taken, a wine for easy pleasure being the result. It is a trifle short. 15°. 11,000. €6.07. Cairanne cru, not Villages wine. From 2017. 2021-22 May 2016 

2014 ()

sober red with a little scarlet in the colour. The nose is low-key in expression, based on cooked plums that come with a quiet sweetness, resembling jam, with raspberry and a floral note that suggest mature Grenache vines also present. The palate drinks well, with neat richness and mild grainy tannins. The plum fruit comes with some spice, and could last a little longer, but that is a 2014 feature. Very correct, not overdone in any way, an enjoyable wine for lamb dishes, for example. It glides well until the finish, has pockets of detail. 14°. The last year of Villages. To 2020 June 2017

2012

(vat) bright dark red; red liqueur fruit aroma, a traverse of caramel across the bouquet, a date and nut presence. The nose will be a round ensemble in 2 years, is straightforward, carries power. The palate holds a textured gras rich ness, a sweet surround with a build-up of glow and more power towards the finish. Full-bodied, grounded style of wine, with sun and strength in it. It is just a bit simple, lacks variety, and finishes on some power. From spring 2015. 14.5°. 11,000 b. €5.61 ex cellars. 2018-2019  Oct 2013

2011

steady red robe. Moderated raspberry and blackberry aroma with a pocket of spice, licorice, some cool, rather menthol airs and a charge of power: this shows local heartiness, is not a patsy. The palate starts on cassis and blackberry, plump fruiting. Minted, grain tannins appear after half way. The length is pretty sound, and it ends freshly, has a tingle there. It shows a warm plains glow on its currently quite demanding finish. From mid-2013. 2017-18  Oct 2012

2007

bright, dark red; graceful, measured bouquet – red fruits such as plum, mulberry, offers good harmony, comes with toffee notes, and the sense of hidden airs for the future to develop. Wrapped-up red fruits with a sturdy interior, led by the Grenache, on the palate. It lengthens out steadily, no flash business here. A good, honest drop. It tightens towards the finish, becomes more tough there. 14.7°. 2013-14 Feb 2009

2005 ()

dark cherry colour; reserved but pretty wide nose, latent black berries, a little violet and a touch of meat with a suggestion of hidden power. The palate gives well-presented fruit, has a smooth texture and a late show of ripe, streamlined tannin. In a primary state now, better from late 2008, with more vivacity and also more funkiness as it ages. The fruit is clear in tone, but not declaring now. This is less rustic and fiery than in the past. Its elements fit together well. 14.5°. To 2015. “You could drink this with beef from l`Aubrac with Ventoux wild mushrooms,” Robert Charavin. Nov 2007