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The Wines

from Mauves, Tournon & Ch√Ęteaubourg, destemmed, 3 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 4-8 year 600-litre, 400 and 228-litre (14% of these new) oak casks 18 months, 10,000 b

2017 ()

quite a dark red; blackberry, bustling fruit on the nose, a note of licorice. The palate has woodsy notes, black fruit, has a fluid, cooked nature, ends on oak-bosky, is a bit exerted, so backs off. 13.5°. To 2024 Dec 2019

2010 ()

medium depth red robe that isn’t bright. Stewed fruit features on the nose, mulberries, red berries: it has a sweet inclination, but there is also a slight tinny or metallic note. The palate starts on fat, with pepper along the sides of its sweet fruit. A basic wine of limited scope, for food not solo drinking. It doesn’t flow freely. There are game, spice, gummy notes on the finish. Bottled 15 May 2012. ** would be rather generous, I feel. 12.5°. 2016.  Nov 2012

2003

(casks) wine is broad, full and generous, but fruit is not overdone. Hints of tannin. Bouquet is pungent, black fruit style. 2011 or so. March 2004

2000 ()

quite soft red fruit, pebbly border on bouquet. Floral red fruit, white pepper also. Sinew rather than flesh. Dryish tannins on finish. Quite authentic. To 2006

1999

warm red fruit, some white pepper aroma. Pretty plum flavour, with sinew and dry-toned end. Orthodox style, has grainy elements. Broadens with air. Showing well now. To 2008

1998 ()

funky, red fruit bouquet, evolving nicely. Cooked red fruits, some fungal presence. Tannin brings structure and freshness. Great with partridge. To 2007