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50% Grenache, 50% Syrah, (both 1993, 1960s) from 1.1 hectare on clay-limestone soils at Four Danuga (S-W) and La Daysse (N-W), destemmed, co-fermented, 25-40 day vinification, daily pumping overs, several part vat emptying/refillings, concrete vat raised 10 months, unfined, filtered, 4,500-5,000 b

2018

dark red; the bouquet is well collected around red berry, raspberry fruit with vegetal, dried herbs rustling above that. Its sunshine quota is well judged, not excessive. The palate produces a bonny flow of red fruits with a spring in their step, a fresh charge into the finish. It’s a true, STGT Gigondas without pretension, has some spark, and character, the finish authentic – lightly chewy, with a cool texture. Marks for character, doesn’t ever suggest a crowd pleaser. Lamb with rosemary beckons. 5,000 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €16.5 at cellars is VALUE. From 2022-23. 2038-41 Feb 2020

2017

dark red. The bouquet mixes red and black berries, mulberry included, is starting to appeal via interesting juiciness. The palate bears nicely free amounts of mixed berry fruits, with crisp, direct tannins attached, the length sound. There is a note of toffee late on, perhaps from oak. This has good, steady heart, and will be aromatic enough for a leg of lamb in garlic and rosemary. The aftertaste shows some fine, powdered tannins around a content with definite assertion. From mid-2020, decanting an aid. 14.5°. 2038-40 Oct 2018

2016 ()

shiny deep red. The bouquet presents black cherries, licorice, comes in a very juvenile, unvaried state. The fruit has a glistening quality. The palate bears cherry fruit with mild tannins attached. It takes on some power and a raisin, sunswept angle as it finishes, shows the baking of the lands there. The length is pretty sustained. 14.5°. 5,000 b. Bottled July 2017. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €16. From spring 2019. 2028-29 Oct 2017

2015 ()

steady red robe. The bouquet is reserved, but in the game, has an infill of Grenache-led raspberry fruit with a note of iodine, lucidity. The palate is coolly fruited, glides with red fruits that build in spice and tang as they go. The aftertaste has a note of savoury cooked fruit, a spot of near floral sweetness. This is attractive and genuine, a true Gigondas with fineness of frame over overt strength. 14.5°. 5,000 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. €15.50. From spring 2018 to refine the finish. 2026-28 March 2017

2014 ()

dark red. This has a brewed, expansive bouquet, blackberry fruit coulis at its heart. The palate is plump, holds brewed black berry fruit with a gourmand, sweet noted side to it. The plumpness is appealing, and there is some vigour here. 14°. 5,000 b. €15. Bottled 22 Oct 2015. 2021-22  Dec 2015  

2013

purple colour. There is rather stewed fruit on the nose and the palate. It is cumbersome and chewy on the finish. The tannins appear green and unripe. 14°. Bottled 15 October 2014. 4,500 b. €15. From 2015. To 2020 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

dark robe. Chocolate, intense black olive, date, ripe fruit air on the nose which has some lift. The palate gives a prune concentration, a mass of jam that is compact, and ends on late, fresher notes. A nice young wine with a smooth centre and mild tannins. It drinks without effort, but the power inside means it can accompany red meats, for instance. It lengthens well, and is helped by fine powder tannins. From mid-2014. Bottled July 2013. €14.50 at cellars. 14°. 2021-22 Dec 2013

2011

bright, medium depth red colour. There is snap, also spark in the nose – an air of flint with style notably in its red fruit. Licorice and outcrop airs complete a sound picture. The palate bears nutty plum fruit, has local style, with a bubble of grain tannin along the finale. There is good Gigondas breeze on the aftertaste, a pucker of late acidity. Direct more than fat wine which is straightforward, easy to drink. 14°. 2019-20. €14.50 at the cellars. Dec 2012

2010 ()

dark red, some black tint. Broad, enveloping nose that has reductive gumminess, with a sweet meat-entrails middle, a minor “high” note. The palate has forward blackberry fruit, a good and tasty roll of juiced fruit until tannins close in. The tannins are bright, clear, tarry. It ends on menthol-raisin, a prune note. The fruit on the nose and the palate is successful. Lots of vintage authenticity, with a grain element on the finish. The palate has suitable “darkness”. Decant. From mid-2013. 14°. 2025-27 Dec 2011

2009 ()

big, dark robe; oak-pine front air that precedes an air of cassis liqueur – at a young stage now. It is wide and will be more impressive in three to four years. I detect Syrah in the black cherry, and there are black raisin and chocolate influences in its cooked up fruit. A lot of unfinished business here – this is in a raw state, is powerful. There is thrust in the black fruit, while its tannins dry its second half for now. It is wide across the palate. From spring 2013. 2023-25 July 2011

2008 ()

fair depth of red, some black traces. Brewed, rather baked airs, smoky black raisin and caramel aromas. Restrained palate – offers a small ball of gras before a white pepper, rather airy ending. Flavour resembles black cherry, notably prune laced with licorice. A little extra time will help to fuse this. From mid-2010. For now, the finish is dry. 14°. 2015-16 Dec 2009

2007 ()

full red robe; there is a floating floral air to the nose – peony in the mix, with plum fruit, hints of pepper and hung meat. The palate is plum-flavoured and smoothly textured. It has good length, comes with power on the end, and the aftertaste is baked – raisin, biscuity. The finale is round and secure. An honest wine, with a touch of refinement within its power – and it is from the young vines this year – only the 1993 source. There is plenty in this. 14°. This was bottled early due to logistical reasons, and was 1,200 b – it is only from La Daysse. 2016-17 Jan 2009

2006

full, dark robe. Reductive air in the nose, shows compact black fruit with soil influences, has intent about it. The black fruit moves off at some pace on the palate, which holds an entrenched group of tannins that make the end signal licorice and smoky – challenging for now. It is currently rather stiff, but can improve. Modern style. From 2010. 2018-19 Jan 2008