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80% Grenache (1930s-1970s), 20% Mourvèdre from 1.29 hectares on west side of Dentelles de Montmirail, silicious-limestone terraces, destemmed, 4-5 week vinification at 26°C-30°C, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refillings, concrete vat raised 18-24 months, filtered, "drink with white meats, grilled meat, fresh or dry cheese"


dark red; the nose has a blackberry aroma, a supple nature, the fruit holding OK. It’s a straightforward opening. There is carbonic gas through the palate, so a slightly perlant style comes across, as if almost a macération carbonique has been performed. The fruit streams along easily. I would prefer more depth, more plunge. The tannins need another year to fuse further, and the aftertaste is a little out on its own. It’s an approachable, easy Gigondas. 13°. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. €18 at cellars. 2028-29 Feb 2020

2014 ()

(vat, bottling April 2016) dark, inviting robe. Has a grilled beef, seasoned black cherry aroma, which is a little unusual, but its depth is assured. The palate kicks off on suave, nicely sleek black berry fruit with a tussle of tannin on the orderly finish. This can move along well, with likeable and clear fruit, and some spur and life in the tannins. 14°. €14.60. From spring 2017. 2024-25  Dec 2015 


(vat) deep, bright purple colour. Rich, ripe and spicy nose. There is density of fruit on the palate, which is fresh and grippy on the finish. Correct wine, but there is something atypical about it. 14°. From spring 2016. 2022-23 JL Dec 2014