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70-90% Grenache, 10% Syrah (both 1975), 0-10% Cinsault from 400-520 metres altitude at Grand Montmirail, red clay-limestone soils, crush, whole bunch fermentation, 2 week concrete vat vinification (reduced from 3-4 weeks since around 2014), part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, concrete vat raised 18 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 3,600-10,000 b

2018 ()

shiny red colour; the nose is on the cusp of emerging, bears raspberry fruit with   leafy nature attached, carries a hint of reduction, so air an aid to it. The palate gives mild red fruits and content, with chewy tannin on the close. It’s a plain, low horizon Gigondas, not much going on here. 13.5°. 20,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Cins. €23.5 at cellars. From spring 2021. 2029-31 Feb 2020

2017 ()

decent full red robe. The nose presents a clear curve of red cherry fruit, strawberry, has a tender, floral side to it. The palate sequels well, offers fleshy, enjoyable, immediate fruit and content, with notes of red cherry and their stone towards the finish. It doesn’t reach for the skies, drinks kindly now, can be more expressive and wider on the closing moments with more time. 13.5°. 2030-32 Oct 2018

2016

(vat) dark red colour, legs. The bouquet is on red berries with a sweet, ripe, almost heady outlook. The palate is rich and rolling, has good heart, comes with southern notes such as black olives, black cherry fruit, picks up a little licorice, black raisin, chocolate towards the finish. This gives the essence of its ripe crop in a measured, well organised way, all smooth. There is a hint of power on the finish. Allow until 2021. 2034-37 Oct 2017

2015

(vat) handsome, dark red robe, full of beans. The bouquet is attractively layered, almost dense – think a thick coulis of blackberry and cassis fruit, a sunswept offering. The palate bears stylish, nicely sustained red fruits with good fitting tannins wheeling along as it goes. The flavour develops a good cherry fruits style and the finish is grainy from the last of the tannins. Serve this in a large glass. It works on a smooth texture as well as a full palate. From mid-2018. 2028-29 March 2017

2014

(vat, bottling March 2016) quite a dark red robe. Beef stock and simmered plums combine on the nose, the fruit has detail. It is reduced, but is essentially pure for now, with no great variety. The palate is wholesome, nourishing, the Grenache truly represented via its plump, en finesse virtues that are akin to Pinot. This travels with a serene manner, is highly enjoyable. 14.8°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Cins. From mid-2017. €18. 2026-28  Dec 2015

2013

shiny, full robe. The nose is reduced, so double decant this; it has a creamy blackberry aroma beyond the reduction. It is in a juvenile state. The palate bears fine black berry fruit accompanied by smooth tannins, ending freshly, a note of pine-tar there. The length is sound. This building into a good, interesting wine, the owner of accomplished gras richness. 14.4°. 10,000 b. Bottled March 2017. From 2017. 2025-26  Dec 2015  Previously Dec 2014 *** (vat, bottling March 2015) deep, bright purple colour. Has a spicy nose with Syrah dark fruit to the fore. There is a touch of CO2 on the palate with lifted spice-violet Syrah notes. The tannins on the finish are chewy. Atypical Gigondas, but a correct one. 14.4°. From spring 2016. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Cins. 10,000 b. 2022-24  JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

(vat, bottling March 2014) dark red; cassis, blueberry coulis aroma that presents a ripe and round start and lasts well, has a polished front. Its flavour spreads widely, shows blackcurrant (cassis) with chocolate, caramel notes. A more modern school of Gigondas here. It is savoury, oily late on, is a crowd pleaser. It signs off on black raisin notes. From mid-2015. 16.5°, be warned. 2022-24  Dec 2013

2011 ()

fair dark red. The nose spreads with depth in its lightly scented black berry fruit, and its floral notes are appealing: a nose of some promise, thus. The palate offers a roll of black berry, and has more sustained body than most of the early bottled wines. It picks up tannin and cocoa, raisin as it goes. Pretty sound, pretty full and grounded finale. The aftertaste is a bit stemmy. The raw materials are good. I would have bottled this after another winter to settle its finish more – was bottled 12 Oct 2012. From 2014. 15.5°. 2020-22  Dec 2012

2010

(still in vat) dark colour; wide, pretty profound nose, has a nutty “being raised” outer air, with very classy fruit inside it and a hovering air of coffee and cocoa. The palate is darkly fruited, with tar and grain in its late stages – that supplies it with grounding. The fruit moves off smoothly, picks up intensity. Has a concerted, charcoal aftertaste. from late 2013 or 2014. 2029-30 Dec 2011 Previously March 2011 **** (vat) very full, complete robe. Rather savoury, nicely sweet fruit mixed with deep, beef-stock style airs – the result is a velveteen, voluptuous nose flecked with herbs and smoke-licorice. Attractive poise on the palate, which bears fine black fruit, and is both elegant and persistent. I note its good balance and finely tuned fruit. It gathers some tannins, ends with good cut. The attack has character, and the impression is of a wine with dark fruit, quite wiry tannins for now – the fruit is accessible, but it will be best to drink from around 2014. Promising wine, also domaine. 2022-23 March 2011