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The Wines

50-85% Grenache (early 1980s) from Tuchan gravel, red clay soils in the Corbières region, 15-50% Gamay (2014) or Syrah from decomposed sandy granite soils at Sécheras, N Rhône, Grenache 0-50% whole bunch fermented, rest destemmed, 7-8 day vinification, wild yeasts, soft cap punching, raised amphorae 7 months (until 2019 raised used oak casks 9 months), first wine 2016, no SO2 added, 2,400 b

2019

(amphore, bottling Apr 2020) red robe; cherry-strawberry aroma in a loose, peppy bouquet. The palate serves sweet-noted red fruit, has sound length, roundness, drinks easily. The fruit is bright enough. This is 50-50 Grenache-Gamay, instead of last year’s 85-15 15 – “the 2019 Grenache was too heady and needed reining back”, Jef Malsert. €7 export. To 2022 Feb 2020

2018 ()

(vat, bottling Apr 2019) bright, full red robe; the nose offers live black fruit, black cherry, engages well, has good zoom. There is good refinement in the palate’s black fruit, with detail and purity, is a successful w.o.w. wine with a lovely simplicity. It’s all destemmed. 85% Gren, 15% Gamay. To 2021 Feb 2019

2016

sound red robe. The nose is bright, immediate, has a red fruit presence with a wee vegetal note. The palate attacks on bright red fruit with life in it, clear and primary it is. There’s a good, lucid pebbly end. The length is OK. This is decent. 14°. “The Grenache came in at 14° to 14.5°, the Syrah 12.2°,” Jef Malsert. To 2020 Feb 2018