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60-65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 2-5% Cinsault, 5% Terret Noir from 60% galet stone soils, 40% from red clay-gravel soils, destemmed, crushed, 20-25 day vinification at 27°C, cap punching, large barrel (has been steel vat) raised 6-12 months, filtered, has been called Symphonie des Galets, "drink with game, jugged hare, stews, red meats in sauce, young cheese", 15-17,000 b

2018

loose red robe; stewed plums, prune fruit leads the nose, notions of herbs. It carries easy appeal. The palate rests on plum fruit with spicing as it closes, a deal out of salted crispness on the close, very helpful that is. It’s a little safe, mainstream, but will drink steadily from spring 2021. 15°. 17,000 b. 60% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv, 5% Cins, 5% Terret noir. €18.60. Bottled May 2019. 2035-37 Oct 2019

2017

dark red robe. A smoky, bustling black berry fruit aroma leads the nose, a suggestion of mixed herbs. The palate gives a steady run of cooked plum fruit, with discreet spicing, ending a little on the dry side, with some vintage 2017 dryness there. It has medium weight, and will drink comfortably with time and with stews, for example. 15°. Bottled already, March 2018, very short raising. 17,000 b. 60% Gren, 15% Syr, 15% Mourv, 5% Cins, 5% Terret noir. €18.60. From 2021. 2038-40 Oct 2018

2014 ()

(steel vat) mild red; open, loose berry fruit aroma with a touch of mineral, a ping of clarity, just a little inner strength. The palate bears smoky, chiselled fruit, and leaves a clear exit. Northern rather than obviously southern wine. It leaves a menthol style aftertaste. It is linear for now, but can gain extra depth, and has its own restrained harmony. 14.5°. 15,000 b. From 2018. 2028-30  Oct 2015

2013

(large barrel) medium+ epf colour. Has a discreet red berry aroma. The palate is correct, but a little one dimensional. It gives juicy fruit, then firm but fine tannins. Not a demonstrative wine but it is compact and pretty complete. 14.5°. From 2016. 2023-24 JL Oct 2014

2003 ()

herb-garrigue, laurel and floral nose that is a little spiky – the fruit is baked. Full, but coarsely grained fruit on the palate – this could be rounder. Suggests origins from lesser zones, maybe the southern area where the drainage is fast. This needs more nobility and more cut in it. To 2010. May 2006