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90% Grenache, 4% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, 2% Vaccarèse & Counoise, destemmed, 21-20 day vinification at up to 30°C, pumping overs, cap punchings, raised 85% steel vat, 15% 228-litre oak casks (10% each new, 1-2 years) 12 months, unfined, filtered, called La Belle Voyageuse in 2014, first year 2014, 4,000-6,500 b

2018 ()

(steel vat/casks, bottling March 2020) full, dark red robe. The bouquet is broad, a bit truculent, has a solid wedge of black stone fruits, prune present, glowers rather. The palate is full, robust, carries charge in its black-fruited content, has a savoury presence as it spreads out towards the finish, where the firm, compact tannins accumulate. It’s an assertive, untamed, interesting Châteauneuf for the long haul: drink from 2024. 15°. 4,000 b. 90% Gren, 4% Syr, 4% Mourv, 1% Vaccarèse, 1% Counoise. €30.90. 2043-45 Oct 2019


(casks/steel vat) full, dark red. There is a prune and date association on the nose, indicative of the strength of the sun. It has inner sweetness. The palate is generous, has ample proportion, unfurls a wave of red-fruited matter with a notch or two of pebbly tannins, some pumice stone effect from them. The finish is pretty trim and orderly, the length good. This conveys its Grenache truly. 14.5°. 90% Gren, 4% Syr, 4% Mourv, 1% Counoise, 1% Vaccarèse. €30.90. From 2022. 2042-44 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) deep robe, mainly black in hue. The bouquet is inky, grilled, has a deeply-rooted beef stock heart, with a thick extract of black fruits within, black olives also. The palate is more open and expressive than the nose at this early stage; it glides along with smooth content and well-fitting tannins that add an extra tendril to the late stages. There is a most munchable quality to the matter, and this will really fill your glass. It’s long, with no chinks for now. Leave until 2020-21. 6,500 b. 2039-42 Oct 2017


(vat/casks) red robe. There is an oily inset of soaked cherries [griottes], a juvenile glisten to the bouquet, red fruit jelly. The palate attacks on thick juice, holds tightly packed content with butty tannins sealed into its main frame. It lengthens surely, with pockets of fluid fruit, some well-handled vigour. This is genuine, well made Châteauneuf with refined juice. From mid-2018. 2036-39 Nov 2016 GB £310 12 b in bond H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 478 7376

2014 ()

(casks) dark robe, red with black tints. The nose is profound, clear – black fruits with chicken stock, a good blackberry intensity. The palate swings along with a juicy, free expression, a real good thrust as it ends. Marks for vigour and enjoyment here. There is a rolling, smooth run of black berry fruit and the tannins enhance the lift on the long finish. This captures the imagination. From 2018. 2030-32 £268 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Oct 2015