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90-98% Grenache (1930s), 5-10% Mourvèdre (1930s), 0-2% Syrah from 1 plot, also 1 or 2 Muscardin, Terret Noir in this plot on galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, whole bunch fermentation, wild yeasts, 4-5 week vinification, cap punching only, aged 50% concrete vat 10-12 months, 50% 3 year 600-litre oak casks 4-5 months, then another 6-7 months in concrete vat, “the oak is to polish the tannins”, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, not made 2011, 2013, 2017, 2,000-3,000 b

2017

dark red robe; the bouquet has an oily intensity, a burst of blackberry fruit at its centre, some oak-charcoal. It can open further. The palate rests on slightly oaked cooked cherry fruit, a note of pine from the oak, seems more set, advanced than the palate. There is a sense of lissom gras within, but the finish is charry, without a smooth trail to conclude. This seems caught between two stools of youth and maturity. I don’t think the oak is needed. 14.5°. 98% Gren, 2% Syr. €18. 2028-29 Feb 2020

2016

dark plum red robe. The nose gives a spiced blackberry jam aroma, a little limited in variety. The palate gives the feel of a wine doing most of its work early on, before a slight tapering. There’s a decent level of richness, and the finish is supple. It could be fresher, have a spur of extra length on the close. It drinks OK now. 14.5°. 26 hl/ha this year. 100% Gren. 2023-24 Feb 2018

2015

healthy, shiny robe. Nicely rich, real finesse on the broad nose, a swoop of cosy dark fruits. The palate is all closely wrapped, holds good, solid content, with stretched tannins that are deeply set. The texture is layered, the outer is smooth. There’s quiet strength inside from its old vines pedigree, not an external force in play. It shows good drive on the close, a chocolate touch from the oak. 14.5°. From mid-2020. 2034-36 Feb 2018

2014 No Rating

sober dark red robe. There is much reduction, hence a high pong, on the nose, real sulphurous bad eggs. 2nd sample: grilled, still reduced on the nose, but a little less obviously. Burnt rubber features. The palate is tough, with challenging tannins. There is a degree of openness in its fruit. Can’t be judged today. 14.5° 16,000 b. Dec 2015

2012 ()

good, bright red. Smoky, dark-tinted nose with raspberry inside it; it is very tight, also deep, shows cassis bud, blackberry. There is a jaunty moment of red berry fruit before a swift close-down through its quite fat tannins which have a gummy nature. The fruit activity bodes well, has potential. From mid-late 2015. 14.5°. £150 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2024-25  Nov 2013

2010

dark, purple-black colour. There is a flow of sweet-toned fruit along the bouquet, which is well juiced and thorough, still very young, not yet varied. Within there lies a deep, reserved raspberry air. The palate has a textured debut, shows ripeness in the glass so there is a sweet, squeezy black fruit with lip smacking qualities. It produces a set of tea and herbs flavours at the finish, while a few, interesting tannins creep on board. Very good. There is a trace of oak and some graininess at the end. Leave this until 2014 to shake off the oak grain on the finish, and make it sunnier and rounder there. “I may not use oak in 2012 because of what is leaves in the wine,” Philippe Bernard. 14.5°. 2019-20 May 2012