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55% Grenache (1950s), 25% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre from sandy-clay alluvial soils on La Verde, 95% destemmed, varieties & plots vinified separately, 20-35 day concrete vat submerged cap vinification at up to 28°-30°C, wild yeasts, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 60-67% concrete vat, 33-40% (part of the Syrah, Mourvèdre) new-1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 14-16 months, unfined, filtered, 2,700-7,000 b

2016

(cask/vat) dark red. Oily, “glistening” bouquet, has a likeable fruiting that comes with a mildly sweet nature, partly down to some mild oaking, has a gleam of appeal. The palate sequels closely via tasty, open cherry fruit backed by supple, typical 2016 tannins. There’s a low-key succulence to it, which makes it sing. This is all about fruit as it stands, with just a dash of powdered, refined tannins on the close. It’s a very good drink, full of life and local appeal, good with lamb dishes, for example. There’s a note of oak caramel on the aftertaste. 14°. 55% Gren, 25% Syr, 20% Mourv. From 2019. 2029-30 Feb 2018

2015

(vat/casks) dark red robe. The nose has an inkiness of black fruit, a compact aroma of blackberry jam and prune, with oak implications on the outside. The palate also conveys oak along its path. Within lies ripe content and some depth from older vine fruit, coming with a squeezy texture. This ends with a pretty full charge. From mid-2019. 2029-30  Feb 2017 Previously July 2016 ****(*) (vat/casks) dark robe. The nose is more profound than the 2015 Prélude’s, still hidden, with spice and a good, compact black fruit, along with black pepper, licorice, dried herbs. This stands its ground well on the palate, has fresh pockets, with tannins firmly in place, a good ensemble. The fruit centres on black stone fruits, prune. This has authority, is a leading Vacqueyras. The length and structure are good. €6.50 export. From 2019. 2030-32 July 2016

2014 ()

(vat/casks) dark red robe. The nose offers a good, clear aroma of raspberry and a notion of dried herbes de Provence. It is a live start. The palate runs with red berry fruit along with light spicing, the late tannins mildly crunchy. This is good Grenache-centred wine, one that conveys a savoury flavour and feel, a note of toffee, on the close, the aftertaste lip smacking. Calm depth, local feel here - it is genuine. 13.5°. 4,700 b. €16 at the cellars. From 2017. 2023-24  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

bright purple hue. The nose is subdued but concentrated, shows just a hint of oak. There is good depth of fruit on the palate, which is fleshy, full and fresh. Chewy tannins appear on the finish. Solid, even chunky wine, but it should age. 13.5°. €16. Bottled 11 Dec 2014. 2,700 b. From 2017. 2022-23  JL Dec 2014