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50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah (1960s, all at Lirac) from sandy soils, destemmed, 3-week vinification, pumping overs, aged 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, first wine 2005, thin bottle, 3,000 b

2016

dark red. There’s a floral, rose bud and peony tilt to the nose, with crushed red berry fruit, raspberry liqueur at its heart, mulberry, a touch of spice. This is still in the cellar, is threaded with oak-toffee, cooked plum fruits that have a savoury content around them. It’s a fair, but not arresting do, is rather plain. It may group together and be more profound and expressive. It gives quite bright and clear fruit early on, then quietens. Oak-pine notes come forward on the palate as its airs. 13.5°. From 2020. 50% Gren, 30% Mourv, 20% Syr. 2029-31 Sept 2018

2007 ()

thorough red robe; mint chocolate and game airs lead the bouquet, while behind resides round blackberry fruit. The nose ends on a pepper note, and shows slight reduction (half is non-Grenache). There is a peppered, brisk fuse in the palate black fruit; the wine pauses, then picks up and canters on to the finish. It is a little woodsy on the end, bringing in charcoal plus tar. Has decent guts. From mid-2010. Gradual improver – the longer the wait, the greater the distance from the cellar, and it is judged on that waiting basis – around 2012-13, for instance. 13.5°. 2023-25  Dec 2009

2006 ()

red robe, good core to it. Has a full aroma – raisin, caramel from its oak, plum fruits. Full palate, with a good internal power – this rolls along cohesively and ends on an oaked, pepper and raisin note. The fruit will be more evident from 2010. This has gras, and can run on. 2020-22  March 2009

2005 ()

tinted, largely full red colour; the nose is close-knit, elegant and compact, stylish and very typical of 2005 – time will benefit it and allow unfurling. The palate carries tight, well-sealed black fruit – it is still young and vigorous, and the length is good. Plenty to come here. 2021-23 March 2009