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50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, can have some Cinsault, Carignan from galet stone clay-limestone soils, crushed, destemmed crop, Syrah cooled at 12°C, 3 week vinification at 25°-32°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, cap punching on Grenache & Mourvèdre, raised 70% 225-litre oak casks, 30% vat 12 months, filtered, called Domaine La Genestière until late 2000s, called Cuvée Raphaël until mid-2010s, “drink with rib of beef, rolled turkey breasts with prunes, duck with quince & chestnuts, Comté cheese aged 18 months”


dark robe that mixes plum with some black. Has an elegant, assured bouquet that reveals appealing blackberry fruit with a winning purity. It isn’t varied, but is inviting. The palate holds gourmand, enjoyable black-fruited content, with tobacco-spice inside; good, ripe tannins are smooth, and fit in well. This is polished Lirac, with good spring in the tasty fruit – a real good drinker here, great with beef steaks. Black olives notes come through on a firm, nicely juiced finish, a little glow from its degree. The aftertaste is smoky. This is a grand, unpretentious drop, with good life in its fruit. 15°. 2027-29 Sept 2018


dark red; smoky, grainy air, reflects warm stones, is bosky, too, with leather-mineral drifts over its prime fruit, which is some latent raspberry. The palate gives flashed of dark berry fruit, while clusters of tannin run through it – it isn’t fully resolved as yet. The shape is more upright than round. The finish is clear, featuring blackberry fruit with licorice, coffee, tangy moments. From late 2013. 14.5°. €9.20. 2017-18  May 2013


full robe; leather, blackberry aroma, a bit of game with black pepper and spice seasoning, licorice – there are dark airs in the nose. There is a cool delivery of juicy black fruit on the palate. Its tannins are live – largely ripe than powdery. The fruit maintains on the finish – this is good and juicy. It is a little bit cellar forced, so drink this earlier than later: it may stiffen as the fruit evolves. 14.5°. To 2016-18  July 2011

2007 ()

quite a full robe. The first aroma is raspberry with depth behind, more reserves to emerge, and a little scenting to add grace. The nose is similar to the palate, with raspberry red fruits that are fluid and appealing. It ends on heat and withdraws, so leave until mid-2010. There are fine white pepper tannins inside it, a very correct Grenache-inspired wine. 14.5°. 2020-21  Dec 2009


bright, red plus black robe; berry fruits with olives in a savoury, nicely rich aroma, the fruit well-knit. The palate is a gourmand do, rich in texture. Its red berry fruit is ripe but also fresh – there is good essence in them. The attack is pretty and this is an elegant , well-balanced wine. Seems to be shaped up for early drinking, by design. The aftertaste is round and rich, too. To 2012. June 2007