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65-70% Grenache, 20-35% Syrah, 0-15% Mourvèdre from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, part purchased crop from low slopes on way to Sablet, part purchased wine, part destemmed, 12-21 day vinification, pumping overs, 2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged large barrel 6-12 months, unfined, filtered, 4,600-20,000 b

2018 ()

quite dark red, matt toned robe. The nose has a geranium, very Grenache strawberry jam presence, is thick, static, has a just a pinch of salt in it. The palate, likewise, is concentrated, extracted, with a shift towards the rigorous, demanding, from mid-way. The style is retro, and I would prefer a more lissom, free running wine, with less cellar work. 15°. 4,660 b. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Mourv. €15.90 at cellars. From 2022. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2017

(large barrel) dark red; the bouquet has a mild black berry aroma topped with dust, pepper. There’s a hint of crème de menthe. It still has to fuse. The palate gives dark, smoky berry, blueberry fruit, is a little lean, carries a lithe nature, the finish on oak. It’s rather Spartan Gigondas. The tannins aren’t as ripe as they could be. 15°. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Mourv. From 2021. 2030-31 Oct 2018

2016

(large barrel) intense robe, mainly a black colour. The nose is southern, replete with a black raisin aroma, sweet Dundee cake – raisins, treacle, some grilling, a savoury aspect. The palate is marked initially by Syrah black berry fruit, has a more sturdy second phase, with compact matter coming through. The finish is quite dense. It’s a four square, currently disorderly wine that hopefully will becoming more charming if left until 2022. There’s a gasp of power on the aftertaste. 15°. 4,700 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Mourv. 2028-30 Oct 2017

2014

medium red robe. Simply fruited, sweet red fruits show on the nose, which lacks the authority of a proper Gigondas. The palate is lightweight, holds red fruit with a touch of spice, licorice. This is short on depth. 14.5°. 15,000 b. €14.80. 65% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Mourv. 2018  Dec 2015 

2013

purple-garnet robe. The nose’s main accent is on fruit - raspberry and cherry aromas. The palate is supple and fleshy, before slightly rustic tannins on the finish. A bit of alcohol is showing as well. This is a bit of a bruiser, but is satisfactory. 14.5°. 15,000 b. €14.80 at the cellars. From 2016. 2021-22 JL Dec 2014

2011

quite dark; at first the nose is arm’s length, but develops some local appeal, shows latent black cherry fruit, a note of dark chocolate, black raisin, laurel. The attack is well-juiced, with a free flow of black fruit, Morello cherry. It makes up for the reserve of the nose. Modern style, is a complete 2011, ends on a tasty style. 2019-20  Dec 2013

2006

steady red. Mulled red berry, a curve of liqueur in the nose, slight peppermint and a licorice tang. The palate has a supple start, black fruits to the fore – they are wholesome, well set. The tannins are rounded, work well. Beau, good drinking here, no complication. Now OK. To 2012-13 Nov 2008 Previously June 2008 **(*) 2 bottles tasted – 1st bottle corked. Bottle 2: mild red, three-quarter depth. The bouquet shows mildly scented red fruits such as cherries, and comes with an easy curve. This is very much the accessible style of Gigondas on the palate – there is a squeeze of easy fruit, some grip after half way: a commercial, don`t scare the horses, drink soon wine. There is some herb-black pepper on the aftertaste. A bit of late burn may come from its large barrels. 14.5°. 2012-13 June 2008

2005 No Rating

dark red; the aroma is tinny, marked by high tone and mineral. The palate is also tight, its fruit not that well set inside it. It ends on a confused level, with the fruit, tannin and acidity not fully ensemble. This is hit and miss on the palate. June 2008

2003

some pepper in the black fruits aroma. The palate starts with some kick – is big and lusty, with a good, probing flavour. The prune flavour comes with a supple texture, so its power works out OK, and the length is on the button. Honest local wine. 2010-11 May 2006