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70-100% Grenache (1950), 0-30% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan, 0-5% Cinsault, 65% from Fontbonne & La Clapière on Les Garrigues (stony clay-limestone soils so finesse, minerality), 35% from Les Pendants (blue-yellow clay soils, so power, muscle), crush, 30% whole bunch fermentation [reduced], 2 week concrete vat vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 14-18 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, has risen to 12-40,000 b

2018 ()

medium depth red robe; the nose sits quietly, has a red berry mixed with herbs aroma, a low-key vegetal note attached. The palate is on the go now, with a red fruited, cendré presence, a line of smoky freshness towards the finish. It’s a pared back style of Vacqueyras, seeking restraint over strength. It has just enough juice to avoid late dryness of tone. It will drink well with lamb. 13.5°. 40,000 b. 80% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Mourv, 5% Cari, 5% Cins. €17.50. 2028-30 Feb 2020

2016 ()

quite a dark red. The nose involves blackberry fruit, a hint of black olives, raspberry liqueur. The palate is stewed with red fruit flavouring, nothing arresting, though. It fades quietly on the finish, has a little perfume in it. The tannins sit on the outside, and are furry. 14.1°. 40,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 5% Cari, 5% Cins. From late 2018. To 2023-24 Feb 2018

2015 ()

(vat, bottling March 2017) dark red, handsome robe. The nose is appealing thanks to its rounded air of blackberry fruit, a well-judged intensity of ripeness present. It’s a broad and convincing start. The palate bears excellent Grenache plum fruit, with a light set of dusted tannins well woven into it. It’s a ripe wine, but not heavy, ending clearly, on flashes of pepper and spice. There is a poise and serenity here – it moves quietly along, with no false steps, the fruit holding good purity. It will furnish a proper full southern glass with a harmony attached. I like the length. From 2019. 2028-30 Feb 2017

2014 ()

(vat) dark red robe. There is a reduced, high aroma, an inner note of liqueur black fruit. The palate is savoury in nature, carries prominent ripe Syrah which hangs a little over it. This is tasty in parts, is a plump, gourmand wine, with a little breeze of welcome clarity as it closes. From late 2016 – it can be stylish. €15. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. 12,000 b.  2022-23  Dec 2015

2013 ()

bright, dark, purple robe. Pronounced spice and violet notes on the nose. This appears to have a good percentage of Syrah (30%). The palate is ripe, sweet and juicy with the violet notes prominent again. The finish is dry and clean. There are grippy tannins on the finish. 14.4°. From spring 2016. 2020-22 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

(vat) dark robe. The bouquet is brimful of blackcurrant fruit, a liqueur black berry – it is upfront and obvious, accentuates a lot of ripeness in the crop. It is sweet, nearly plush. The soaked, ample fruits such as raspberry on the palate have a salted thread that helps to provide definition, needed clarity that aids its drinking. It is 15.9°, and that plays a part in its styling. It is a weighty wine by design, its sucrosity desired, meaning that is opulent, polished up. It ends on cassis bud, saline touches, flinty tannins. The rather high degree and the style of jelly fruit add to a near OTT Over the Top wine, that needs sipping rather than free drinking. From 2016. 2022-23  Dec 2013

2011 ()

good dark red. The reduction on the nose is marked, the nose having a fat centre, is clearly fruited based on black cherry with some light garrigue leaning. The palate combines good persistent black fruit that is quite fresh, ending on a taking violet, a ripe satisfaction. All elements fit in well. Has a crunchy style finale with live tannins and menthol on the exit. Holds lots of enjoyable fruit. This is going well. From mid-2014. 14.5°. 2023-25  May 2013

2010 ()

(vat) full red, black-purple traces. There is a quiet, assured heartbeat to the bouquet – it shows plum-prune fruit with a clear tinkle in it. Good, lithe black fruit on the palate – it comes with garrigue, violet-herb aspects. It finishes freshly, on a pebbly note, holds its fruit well. The aftertaste is herbal, and shows some rigour from the tannins and stems. A mix of the traditional and the clean vinification of our times. From 2014. 2022-24 March 2011