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65-75% Grenache (mid-1980s), 15-25% Syrah, 5-15% Mourvèdre from galet stone & clay-limestone soils on Le Graminier, 60-70% own vineyards, 30-40% purchased crop, destemmed, 10 day vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged 75% large Russian oak, ex-beer barrel, 25% vat 6 months, unfined, filtered, 100-150,000 b

2018

quite a dark red. The nose gives cooked red fruits’ airs, notes of sweet herbs, spices, lasts nicely. The palate centres on Grenache plum fruit, with a little floral siding, has sufficient juice to extend surely, the tannins on the munchy side late on. The late juiciness has gusto, too. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. From spring 2021. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2017

dark red; the bouquet has a beef stock aroma, a full charge of cooked black fruit, some sweet oaking. The palate is sweet on attack, with oaking along its flanks. It carries a flavour of blackberry. It’s rather painted by numbers, the elements dispersed for now. The sweet oak is a concern, suppressing its lift. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2022. 2030-32 Feb 2020

2016

plum red robe. Damson plum features on the nose, with a note of lamb stock, sweet herbs, cloves. It suggests a traditional wine. The palate bears a genuine Vacqueyras stamp, is spiced, holds red stone fruit flavours, has a line of pebbly tannins on the end. It’s not a star, but is an honest, unrefined wine with local truth, dashes of garrigue, menthol on the close. 14°. 4,650 b. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2019, decanting an aid. 2027-28 Feb 2018

2015

(large barrel) quite a bright red, mauve tinted robe. The bouquet curves with a sweet air of crushed raspberry fruit, the mild sweetness its signature. There is spicing, and a little depth. The palate is easy come, easy go, with a light roll of red berry fruit, plums, with noticeable powdered tannins along the lightly aromatic second half. It’s a simple Vacqueyras for drinking until 2021. 14°. 100,000 b. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. €10.95. April 2017

2014

dark aspect robe. The nose gives a sweet, soaked fruits, prune aroma along with spicing and a note of tar intensity. The palate holds supple gras, with still challenging, dark tannins in play on the late moments. Grenache forms the heart of this, so there is a plum fruit and spice mix, with a little fat. 14°. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. €10.95. From 2017. 2022-24  Dec 2015

2013 ()

dark purple colour. Oak on the nose gives a slight confected note. Oak is again present on the palate, but there is some fruit for it. This is slightly out of kilter, but could come round. The finish is clean and dry. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. From 2016. To 2020 JL Dec 2014

2003

funky, deep aroma with a little heat in it. The palate is beefy, but well-knit and quite concentrated. Some end heat. Is a direct, up front wine. To 2010. May 2006