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40-70% Syrah, 30-55% Grenache (1980s), 0-5% Mourvèdre from stony clay-limestone soils on Les Garrigues, planting density 4,000 vines per hectare, hand harvested, destemmed, crushed, varieties fermented apart, 3 week steel vat vinification at up to 30°-35°C, twice daily pumping overs, 1-2 part vat emptying/refillings, aged 228-litre oak casks 12-18 months, fined, filtered, 1,800-14,000 b

2017

full, dark robe; the bouquet is wide, sweetly concentrated, filled with cassis fruit liqueur, notes of licorice, is only just starting out. The palate serves lissom black fruited content, its smooth texture an integral part of its appeal. The fruit travels finely, and has a little Southern roasting around it, which gives local credence. The aftertaste is rounded, on menthol. 14°. 7,200 b. 55% Gren, 40% Syr, 5% Mourvèdre. €19. From 2021, decanting a definite aid. 2034-36 Feb 2020

2015 ()

(casks) quite full red robe. There is a baked tenor to the nose, liqueur raspberry within. It’s slightly heady. The palate has a coil of red fruit, the matter sealed tightly. The attack is juiced, even if it is rigorous overall. It goes wide as it travels. It ends on freshness. Fusion will be gradual here, with a chewy, assertive aftertaste. It holds sound potential. From spring 2020, not before. 2030-31 Feb 2018

2014

(casks) sober dark red robe. The nose gives a mild air of blackberry, with a little highlight of freedom. It beckons pretty well. The palate’s black berry fruit is stylish; there is good heart here – it is a wine that works well on its fruit and youth. There is a fine pocket of late tannins. Enjoyable, w.o.w. wine, a harmonious affair. I would go for it young. 14.5°. 7,200 b. 50% Syr, 50% Gren. €19. 2020-21  Dec 2015 

2013

red robe, not deep. Caramel, toffee air from oak, a prune-raspberry layer underneath, a note of raisin, some meatiness. This is firm, broad on the attack, has a solid foundation, its degree kept in check. It’s still very raw and primary, unfulfilled. It needs to shake off its oak shroud, especially on the finish. It’s young for a 2013. It is rather static. 15°. From mid-2019. 2027-28 Feb 2018 Previously Dec 2014 *** (casks) 1st sample: bright purple colour. The nose is spicy but musty as well. The palate has a definite oxidative, corky nuance, and is drying on the finish. 2nd sample: is better than the first bottle. No cork deviance. Dark fruit shows on the nose and the palate with an iodine note. It is full and juicy with a firm tannic tramline. €19. 14,000 b. 70% Syr, 30% Gren. From 2016. 2020-21 JL Dec 2014

2012

(casks) dark, intense robe. The outer air of oak is sleek, with nutty, pistachio touches. There is an aroma of smooth, polished black fruit within. The palate retains a shiny front: this is oaked Vacqueyras, has a marked toasting. It will emerge as a well-knit performer. There is a lot of oak for now, but the fruit quality is good, the flavour resembling blueberry which is testament to the Syrah’s high standard. 14.5°. 14,000 b. €19. From 2016 or 2017. 2025-26  Dec 2013