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10-50% Grenache, 0-60% Mourvèdre, 25-50% Syrah, (av age 37 years) from galet stone covered soils, destemmed, 5 day cold maceration at 10°C, 5 week vinification at up to 26°-30°C, daily part vat emptying/refilling 1st 3 days, then twice daily pumping overs, some cap punching, Grenache aged new-1-2 year 600-litre oak casks, Syrah & Mourvèdre aged new-1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, then steel vat 3 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with sauced red meats, stews, game”, 15-20,000 b

2016

full, dark red colour. The bouquet is serene, offers pedigree black fruit that sits quietly, licorice and dried herbs with it. It’s not released yet, is smoky from the oak, has a hint of reduction. Decanting an aid, therefore. The palate gets off to a savoury debut, holds smooth, tasty, gliding black fruit, with sustained, detailed length, oak notes also. It still has one foot in the cellar and its raising, but holds good potential. The fruit quality is high, and is backed by well ripened, smooth tannins that fit like a glove. This is a purring wine: serve in a large glass, with a duck breast, magret de canard. The main issue is for the oak on the aftertaste to absorb. 15°. 15,000 b. 50% Gren, 50% Syr. From late 2019. 2030-32 Sept 2018

2015 ()

(vat) firm, dark red robe. The bouquet gives a genuine tone of the south – black olives, dried mixed herbs, with prune, raspberry, stewed blackberry. The palate billows out on a broad, plump attack with a savoury middle, underlying sweetness. The finish is trim, with a little powdery tannin in play. This is nice and authentic, a well bundled ensemble with a tasty heart and free flow juice. From 2018. 2029-31 June 2017

2014 ()

has a quite well set red robe. The bouquet is “muddy”, and decanting will help to clarify it. There is an air of brewed fruits, oak, some inner strength. The palate gives a dark cherry flavour with a little crunch from its tannins; it ends on a nutty note, the length assured. It needs another year, so drink from spring 2017. The content is solid enough for it to show well until 2022-24. 15°. GB £49/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Feb 2016  

2011 ()

dark red. Mild, pliant black fruited air, its mix of blackberry and cassis lingering, is deep and concentrated, liqueur-like. The palate rolls on well from the nose. This is a fruit-led, uncomplicated Lirac, more on varietal fruit than terroir. The close is sound, tidy, bears light tannin, licorice. The flavour is mainly a smoky blackberry. Well-done oak touches accompany it, are not over done. This will go down well with drinkers – it is an open book, easy to appreciate. 15°. €15.90. Harvested from 15 Sept (the Syrah first), until 4 Oct (the Mourvèdre last). 14.5°. €9.70. 50% Gren, 25% Syr, 25% Mourv this year.  To 2021-23 May 2013

2009

full, dark robe; smoky, clear-cut black fruit with a discernible Syrah-Mourvèdre theme (tasted blind), has a lightly floral note. The palate has a rich, clear-fruited nature, bears expressive blackberry fruit, is modern and well-made. It finishes on Mourvèdre licorice length. Good, reliable quality wine. Its tannins will ease off their tight clip of today, so drink from 2013. 2023-25  July 2011