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60% Grenache (1960s), 40% Syrah from galet stone covered red clay soils, 30% destemmed, 15-20 day vinification, pumping overs, aged 66% large oak barrels, 34% new-1 year 228-litre oak casks 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with game, red meats in sauce, cheese”, 4,000-5,000 b

2018 ()

(large barrel/casks) shiny dark red robe; the nose has a prune, cooked blackberry aroma in the front rank, a rustle of garrigue herbs behind. The style is slightly stewed. The palate is also more stewed than lifted, holds spicy Grenache plum content with dense tannins in tow. It’s a grounded Gigondas, straight off the warm lands. 14.5°. 4,000 b. 60% Gren, 40% Syr. €21.30 at the cellars. From 2023. 2038-40 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(casks/large barrel) dark red; brewed, vigorous bouquet with bosky, woodsy airs, a stream of black fruits, prune, with salted edging. The palate has the breeze of Gigondas, menthol central to it, with rather piercing tannins and their chalky crunch on the close. It’s not generous with its flesh, is strict, oaked, needs time. 14.5°. 60% Gren, 40% Syrah. From 2021. 2034-35 Oct 2018

2016 ()

(large barrel/casks) very dark robe, has a black core. Morello cherry fruit is to the fore in the open bouquet with a backdrop of oak, toffee. It’s a flashy, obvious, all hands on deck start. The palate cruises with black cherry fruits, similar oak-toffee coating adding its layer of sweetness. There is oak-charcoal on the finish. I find its sweetness a distraction, and it doesn’t make you want to reach for a second glass. There’s not a lot of vineyard out front here, so wait until 2022.14.5°. 4,000 b. 2028-30 Oct 2017

2015

(barrel/casks) sober dark red robe. A crisp, still in the cellar, slightly sharp edged air of black berry shows on the nose, with damson plum, licorice. The palate is also on the edge, has a probing nature with chiselled tannins and a tarry close. The gras isn’t obvious or consistent inside it. It seems there is oak, so there are various threads to draw together. It’s a little technical, but can unwind that given time. It is a shell of a wine for now, the length fair. From late 2018. 2026-28  Feb 2017

2014 ()

(barrel/casks) dark red robe. Has a properly brewed, beefy, wide bouquet, is good and solid, backed by cooked black fruits. The palate engages immediately, has fresh attributes within the good content. Genuine local feel here, with some potential. It is a tiny bit simple, but the Grenache has been well ripened. 15°. Low yield of 25 hl/ha. €19.85. From mid-2017. 2023-25  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

purple hue. Plum, cherry and kirsch aroma. There are similar stone fruit flavours on the palate, the tannins firm, fresh and digestible. This is a little fluid, but is clean and structured, with ageing potential. 14.5°. From 2016. 2024-25  JL Dec 2014

2012

(barrel/casks, bottling Dec 2013) dark robe; violets, prune airs mingle on the nose, has a brewed, damp soil depth, black raisin, the high fruiting of prune with ladles of oak, varnish, resin. The palate shows an accentuated ripeness with a concentrated juice the outcome; it centres on tar and smoky date and prune. It ends with a compact, firm fullness. Oak is pronounced on the exit. 14.5°. €14.45 at the cellars. 5,000 b. From 2016. 2024-25  Dec 2013

2010

dark red; overtly tarry, pine and capsicum, leather and blackberry air, with oak stuck close to it – the fruit resembles black berry coulis. The palate has a rich, rather bendy debut – there is fleshy black fruit in its middle, with oak closely lining its sides. The oaking is prominent, not quite in excess on its charry front. Pretty good length. Very modern – the aftertaste is strong on oak. From 2015. 14.5°. €8.58 at the cellar. 2027-29 Dec 2011

2005

blackberry colour; cool-toned fruit – blackberry in style - with a tinkle of clarity on the nose: it is a touch upright now. The palate flows freely – a wine whose palate is similar to its bouquet, with a good transfer between them. It ends on some mid-level fruit, some fleshiness in it, and dry tannins for now. The finale is varied – fruit, some leather, pepper, raisin. The balance is OK. From 2010 to allow its tannins to settle. 2018-20 June 2008