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80-85% Grenache (late 1970s), 15-20% Mourvèdre (2000s, planted over old Grenache) from clay-limestone soils on Les Fouquesses, 67% whole bunch grapes, 33% destemmed, 4-5 week vinification in 1 & 2 year 600-litre oak casks to have a tronconic oak vat effect, some light cap punching, a little pumping over, semi-carbonic approach with whole grapes to accentuate the fruit, 82% concrete vat, 18% 1-year 600-litre oak cask raised 11 months (until early 2010s was aged 1-2 year 600-litre oak casks 11 months), unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2010, organic wine, 5,000 b

2017 ()

dark red colour; there’s a note of grilling leading the nose, with some sweet cooked plum, raspberry fruit within. It can open and vary further, has a little scale. The palate relies on red fruits that are free in delivery, have some freshness along the way, the finish on powdered, still insistent tannins. It’s correct Rasteau, a little safe. 14.5°. 4,600 b. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. From 2020. 2028-30 Mar 2019

2014

dark red robe. Lamb stock, meaty first airs here; it comes from within the soil, is firm and has a couch of black jam fruit, a note of cold tea. The palate is gamey, with some stewed red fruited content at its centre. The finish dried a little. It is disorderly as it stands, spread out in different directions. From 2018, with fingers slightly crossed. 14.5°. 5,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. 2022-23 May 2016 

2013 ()

sound dark red colour. Has a quite expressive nose of fair, above average 2013 depth:  simmered red berry airs combine with sweet herbs, licorice, a low-key note of toffee. This centres on Grenache (80%), so offers plum fruit with cardoman, spicing evident on the second half. It just about holds sufficient fluid content, but for now the tannins are dominant on the finish. There is a definite power surge towards the close. 14.5°. 5,000 b. From spring 2016. 2021-22  Apr 2015

2012 ()

dark red, jolie robe; outside a warm, rounded aroma of red berry jam lies a cloak of reduction, so decant this. The nose is pure but for the reduction and its high air. The palate bears stylish red fruit, with fine grain tannins in step, revealed after the mid-point. Clean, clear Rasteau, with a good extra charge of intensity and lift as it finishes. Licorice-tar show up on the aftertaste. 14.5°. 5,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv.  2021-22 Apr 2015 

2010

dark robe; clear, rounded, berry fruit aroma – blackberry and raspberry together; Along with the fruit sit violet, light mineral notes with depth in the form of black leather, damp, dark soil – the bouquet is deep, but also effortless. The palate holds interesting, stylish, light touch fruit. This is accompanied by well-shaped, fine grain, round tannins with the flavour of licorice in them. This is where Rasteau should be, combining depth, ripeness, elegance and local touches. It can be drunk now thanks to its balance. The clarity in the wine is well above average. There is a note of carbonic gas, so the style is for this accessibility. 14.5°. Very good first vintage of Rasteau here. 2019-20 May 2012