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50% Grenache (av age 30 years), 30-35% Syrah (av age 30 years), 7-20% Mourvèdre (mid-1980s), 2-6% Carignan (1970s) from galet stone covered soils at Lirac, St Laurent des Arbres & Roquemaure, hand harvested, destemmed, 3 week vinification, daily pumping overs, daily turbo cap punching, one weekly part vat emptying/refilling, aged 33% each 1-2-3 year old oak casks 8-12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with charcuterie, red meats, stews, game, cheese”, 50-70,000 b

2017

steady red robe; the nose is a civil mix of blackberry and plum fruit, with a sweet centre. There’s a light outer note of mineral. The palate is soft and approachable, already on the go, gives red berry fruits, a sense of strawberry jam, ends roundly, It doesn’t carry a lot of horizon, is a wine for now, a trifle dull and limited. 2024-25 May 2019

2016

dark, deep robe. Soft blackberry fruit, a note of prune ripeness on the nose, which has a sultry southern nature, licorice present. The palate combines licorice, oak toast and coffee beans, black fruits. The oak brings crispness. It’s not yet fused vis-à-vis its oaking, which runs the second half, bringing a grainy texture there. It’s a bit hollow at points, but is correct for red meats – it could be a little fatter, which would also help usher the oak inside it. 14.5°. From spring 2019. 2024-25 Aug 2018

2009

dark red; there is a roll of raspberry and blackberry on the nose, which is attractively scented. It is rather limited in scope. The palate fruit is stretched out, and its acidity lies a little on the outside. It does not connect between nose and palate. There are gritty late moments – its tannins are grainy. From spring 2012. 14°. To 2016.  July 2011

2008

dark plum robe with a matt top. Earthy, chocolate biscuit aroma that is dense, reflects Marmite with its yeast intensity, is reductive. There is a fine, rather grainy line through the palate’s black fruit – this is not yet the finished article. It shows Syrah towards the finish – black berry fruit, while the finish itself is extended by Mourvèdre (tasted blind). It has potential beyond its upright shape today. It can move into cohesion, is better with food rather than solo. From mid-2011. To 2016. €6.80 at the cellars, 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan this year.   Dec 2009

2007

decent red robe, rather dark. Agreeable blackberry aroma with violet present. This is relaxed, drinkable wine – the fruit leads off, and has a quiet richness, drinks easily. The flavour is prune. There are oak notes on the finish. To 2014.  Dec 2009

2006 ()

fair red robe; the bouquet is static – doesn't have much to say for itself, probably because it has just been bottled. There is a little black fruit within it. The palate is also low on fruit; a workmanlike, rather short wine that lacks persistence. To 2010.  June 2007