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80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre (early 1970s), destemmed, 4 week vinification, pumping overs only, aged 2-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months (until mid-2000s was 18 months), unfined, filtered, 8,400-10,000 b

2010 ()

dark robe. There is a sweet mix of black fruit and oak  on the nose – it bears black fruit that gushes in style, offers licorice and black coffee, Brazilian cafezinho, a glimmer of Grenache plum – this is a ripe bouquet. The palate ripeness is forte – black cherry and black berry combine in a forceful, full unit. Oak traces criss-cross the finish, so there are tar and char there. This has southern fat with the implication of tapenade or black olive paste on the finish. It has a sweet, catch-all note, will take its time due to its full charge. OK from late 2013, but especially from 2015 or so onwards. 14°. 8,400 b this year. 2020-21  Oct 2012

2007 ()

wide, chocolatey aroma thanks to its oaking, small berry fruit aroma inside. The palate offers wiry black fruit with a sinew of tannin and smoky charcoal. It ends hopefully thanks to the gras richness within, but for now the oak and the Mourvèdre are firmly in control at the finish. The length is good. From late 2011. 2018-19 Nov 2009


red, typical Grenache robe; smoky aroma, plum with downhome, baked and bacon notes, slightly vegetal air to it. The wine is restricted along the palate – it is fresh within, but lacks a moment of steady gras or richness. Ends on peppery, dry notes. Transition time maybe, also I wonder if crop was really ripe. Review in late 2009. 13.5°. To 2011 or so. March 2009

2003 ()

peppery, upright nose – needs time. Leather and violet mix on the palate – has an earthy style. The texture is firm, indicating that it is best left until 2008. 2013-14 July 2005


there is a lot of appeal on the nose – cherry, prune and pepper, an oily air – it is just at the end of its 1st stage in life. Good appeal on the palate – nice gras here, a tasty wine with a herbal, full aftertaste. At a good moment now – is expressive. Since it shows its tannins, it is obviously best with food. A very good Côtes du Rhône Villages. 2013-14 July 2005