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70% Grenache (mid-1970s-late 1980s), 30% Syrah from sandy and clay-limestone soils at Saint Laurent des Arbres & Roquemaure, destemmed, 8-12 day vinification at 23-30°C (2°C less since late 2000s), pumping overs, daily cap punching during fermentation, steel vat raised 5-6 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 120-130,000 b

2016

red colour with some purple. The bouquet is round, warm, with an aroma of raspberry coulis, liquid raspberry, a subdued note of licorice and dusty lands. The palate gives notably tasty red fruits with a plumptious heart to it, extending on fresh tannins, and finishing with lightly salted tang – a good sequence. The flavour bursts out well on the attack, which is striking, delicious, has lots of flavour at this early stage, and it runs with lots of liberal juice. It’s well made, genuine Côtes du Rhône for la table, grills. A w.o.w. Côtes, great fun in the restaurant trade. 13.5°. 2021-22 May 2017

2014 ()

dark red; the nose is sustained, and offers some red meat depth, airs of blackberry, Victoria plum and a soft spicing also. The palate attacks well on a mazy run of raspberry, fluid fruit. Has a good spring in its step right through to the finish. Genuine, well filled. 13.5°. 120,000 b. €7.10. Bottled July 2015. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2013

bright red robe. Peppery aroma, red cherry at its heart, garden red berries, a little air of cloves. The bouquet has a gentle roundness. The palate debut is spiced, with some cutting tannin that gives it a near minty, black pepper thrust. It ends on that pepper, is forte on that. It lacks a little in mid-palate, has a tension derived from its edgy road to crop ripeness. There is sound length in the fruit, and after 90 minutes content gathers on the finish. It won’t make old bones. 13.5°. 2016-17 Jan 2015

2012

rather dark red, wee purple in an inviting robe. This has an upfront, blackberry fruit air – it is open, fleshy, has a little game and red meat droplets and earthiness, a spot yeasty. It delivers primary pleasure. The palate holds sleek fruit, just out of the vat in style, with a near liqueur depth on the attack, before a more chiselled, grainy run that ends in smoky, licorice, tar tannin touches. Ideal for barbecue, grilled sausages. Lucid acidity keeps it moving. The finish will be more integrated and less grainy, slightly dry, from late 2013. It works on the front foot, is a touch wild. 13.5°. €6.50. To 2016  May 2013

2010 ()

dark robe; oily, scented blackberry aroma, good curve in it, has menthol-thyme airs as well. Supple, juicy start – there is a successful delivery of black berry fruit, prune flavours, with mild, ripe tannic seasoning. Rather a curvy shape to this, but it is a tiny bit loose, dot and carry, as it were. Pebbly finish. 13.5°. 2014-15 July 2011

2009

red with dark tints; the lead aroma is of blackberry fruit, comes with a baked air that reflects 2009 heat and drought. The palate black fruit is seasoned with licorice, holds sound dark tannins. There are juicy moments, and the late stages present well. Good contribution from the Syrah here. To 2013. Oct 2010

2008 ()

bright, bonny dark robe; good, wide bouquet – simmered black fruits, has a gentle air, nice sweet, floral notes also – black cherry and oak mingle. The palate holds fine fruit, gives agreeable drinking foods such as grilled meats right now. Textured wine with a fine grain, has late tannins and heat, All very orderly, high drinkability – its fruit is good quality, and this is close to w.o.w. wine. From mid-2010 if you want a slightly softer finish and the ability to drink it on its own. 2014-15 Dec 2009

2006 ()

purple top, black cherry interior to the robe; macerated, mulled berries en route to being jam in the aroma, with a hint of dampness and low profile game, and a slight lees effect. This shows reduction, encouraged by today's low pressure - rain and wind. Decant this – triple decantation even, which worked well. Blackberry fruit starts the palate quite brightly, then the wine gains a more tight, licorice-mineral phase at the end. Has decent palate fruit, but the nose could be clearer. After decantation, the nose stink has gone, and the palate is tighter and more woven. This is a straight-along, cleanly-fruited wine, quite modern in style. 2010-11 July 2008

2005

has a full, brewed nose with some chocolate in the dark fruit. Sound fruit on the attack – has a solid style, is a clean and full wine. Holds bouncy, pretty prolonged fruit. Ends on some tannin. This is more than a drink solo wine – it is structured and merits food for best results – grills, pastas etc. To 2008-09. May 2006

2003 ()

quite a dark red robe; note. The bouquet skips a beat, though. The palate bears brewed, scented black fruit with a plum digestif side that indicates some alcohol. Pretty good length, some tannic tightening. has a jam aroma with a little sweetness, stewed fruits, has a slightly earthy side, a plum fruiting. It is cleanly made, has punch from the vintage, but the overall impression is of an international wine, one that becomes more vacant than ideal on the finish. 13.5°. To 2009 Oct 2005, East Sussex