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70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre from galet stone clay-limestone soils, 30-100% destemmed, 2-3 week tronconic oak vat vinification (Syrah), concrete vat vinification (50% of Grenache, Mourvèdre), steel vat (50% of Grenache), pumping overs, agedsteel vat or large oak barrels 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with beef in sauce, grilled red meat, poultry, cheese”, 10-50,000 b

2016

medium depth plum red robe. The nose is spiced, has Christmas incense airs, a backdrop of stewed strawberries, a Grenache tenor overall. The palate bears a spiced, red-fruited content, is rather plain, but drinks OK. It’s not going to make old bones, is not especially fresh. Drink with country dishes, stews. It ends on spicing, the tannins a little ordinary. 14°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. 2023-24 Feb 2018

2015 ()

(barrel) quite a bright, medium depth red robe. The nose carries a little reduction, “high” notes from the 30% Syrah-Mourvèdre. In behind is a loganberry, well-fruited air. The palate runs with red fruits that have a dash of tannin from the mid-point; the finish hands out a raspberry mixed with powdered tannins and their fine graininess, notes of licorice. It needs 18 months to fuse the finale. It’s quite a cool wine from what was a hot summer. Decanting an option. 13°. 50,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. 25 hl/ha. €12.40. From late 2018. 2025-26 Apr 2017

2014 ()

dark red colour. The nose lies low, has a little air of smoky prune and black cherry fruit, a touch of garrigue. The palate bears fluid gras richness, moves with a spiced black fruit content, shows some tannin on the finish. It is fairly weighted. The aftertaste is tangy, dry, which is a turn-off. 14°. 10,000 b. €12.40. From mid-2017. 2021-22  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

garnet robe. Red berry fruit with a minty, herbal note shows on the nose. The notes of herbs are clearer on the palate, the tannins edgy and drying. There is a covering of fruit, but this is tough going. 15°. 2018-19 JL Dec 2014