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70-80% Grenache, 10-25% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-6% Cinsault, 1-4% Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Counoise, Muscardin (oldest vines 1960s) from clay-limestone, galet quartz stony soils, 30-100% destemmed, 30 day vinification 50% in vat, 50% in tronconic oak vat, pumping overs, aged 67% steel vat or large oak barrels, 33% 1-year oak casks 6-12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with deer, rabbit, beef, goat cheese”, tall, heavy bottle, has been called Saint Barthélemy, 2-10,000 b

2016 ()

dark red colour. Damp vegetation, black olives, soaked black fruits feature in a bouquet that has a hum of strength, a note of meatiness. Oaking is more apparent on the palate than the nose; this carries concerted, rich matter with a ripe sweetness present, is built along “impressive” lines, a crowd pleaser that will appeal to sweet tooth palates. There’s plenty here, and it will suit beef dishes, ideally. The oak will be receding in the next two years, the wait worth it for that. 14°. 3,350 b. 70% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 6% Cins, 4% Terret noir, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse. From spring 2019, decanting advised. 2028-30 Feb 2018

2015 ()

(vat /casks) dark red. The nose has a dusty top air, backed by notes of black raisin, blackberry jam, a pretty certain depth in it. It’s a compact affair. The palate bears lip-smacking black fruited content with pretty smooth tannins that have a little oaking in them. This has a savoury nature, is a southern wine with suggestions of black olives in the flavour. It ends securely. 14°. From 2019. 2026-27 Apr 2017

2014 ()

dark red colour. Has a souped up air of blackberry fruit, is rather flashy, on the sweet side, shows some baking and black raisin, implying accentuated vineyard ripeness The palate carries upfront dark fruit, but the second half is dry and rather curly: it is unconvincing, the finish gnarled. 14°. 10,000 b. €26. From 2017. 2020-21  Dec 2015

2013

(barrel/casks) garnet hue – lighter at the rim. There are red fruit notes with a hint of garrigue on the nose. This is light in style, but fresh and balanced, representative of the vintage. 15°. 2,000 b. From 2015. 2018-19 JL Dec 2014

2012

(vat/tank) quite a full red; the bouquet has a cherry liqueur front, has speckled airs of smoke and licorice, raspberry also, some herbs. This is not far off ready. There is a sweet note in its red fruit with a thicker late moment, a toffee-gummy tannin. Workmanlike Vacqueyras that does a sound but not inspiring job. Decant it. From 2015. €35 is way too high. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. 2021-22 Dec 2013

2011 ()

quite a dark red, legs down the robe. There is an air of deep, macerated fruit on the nose, a full raspberry aroma, with a hover of eau de vie power, black raisin and a vegetal note. The palate starts fatly, is round and smoothly coated. A Big Production wine, CRS – everyone and everything into the police van – with a full second half. Drink only a little at one sitting, with dishes such as venison, hare. This emphasizes stewed red fruits at the end. 15 From 2014  May 2013