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70-80% Grenache (1960s), 20-30% Mourvèdre (1980s) from clay-limestone soils, part whole bunch fermentation, wild yeasts, 4-5 week vinification, cap punching only, Grenache concrete vat raised 9 months, Mourvèdre aged oak casks 6 months, then 3 months, first wine 2010, unfined, unfiltered, light SO2 use, organic wine, 2-4,800 b

2018

dark plum colour; the bouquet is scaled, strides out on black raisin, sweet prune airs, has a canopy of ripeness and sweetness overlaying it. The palate is therefore ample, full of layered, wavy, smoky, bosky content, a fleshy roll all through it. Its coated style will please some, but it is overtly sun-filled, therefore not intrinsically balanced, with a glow of power on the aftertaste. This is drink only a little at a time wine, would have been thought to be Californian 10 years ago. 14°. 70% Gren, 30% Mourv. €17.5 at cellars. From 2022. 2033-35 Feb 2020

2016

(vat/casks) quite a dark red colour. The nose carries a stewed fruits aroma, mulled raspberries with a little laurel. The palate has a wiry essence of Grenache fruit, is really lithe and sinewed, ending on a southern, sunswept baked trail. It builds in strength and kick as it goes. It’s in a raw state now, so leave until late 2020 for fusion and hopefully some more amplified matter. It could be a bit fresher. 14.5°. 4,800 b. 70% Gren, 30% Mourv. 2027-28 Oct 2017

2014

shiny red robe. Curvy if rather simple bouquet here – soft black cherry, a nudge of flowers. The texture is supple, the fruit quietly juiced. It builds glow on the finish. Has the crispness of 2014 running through it, powdered tannins and a vegetal note on the close. Has a little Grenache strength, could be more refined. 14.5°. 2,400 b. 70% Gren, 30% Mourv. €17. Bottled Aug 2015. From 2017. 2021-22  Dec 2015 

2010 ()

dark robe; wide, muscular, frim black fruit aroma that offers smoke and licorice – a sizeable bouquet. This is a square, solid palate, but with good concentration of gras richness; a dark-coated wine with chocolate, black raisin, solid persistence. It ends on fine clarity and acidity - the natural Gigondas freshness there. It shows cut and is expressive on the finish. STGT wine that has handled its oak better than their Vacqueyras Point G old vines wine. A good, complete Gigondas. 2023-25 May 2012 Previously Dec 2011 ****(*) good, shiny red, purple top rim. Blackberry, red cherry, rather inky air, shows caramel and a ripe, raisin note. Blackberry-raspberry fruiting on the palate, with a grainy tannic grip. It lengthens well. Good quality fruit that gets out and runs, has matter around it. Plenty of late palate flavour, ending in a smoky, grilled pork style conclusion. Has a tar-leather, bold black juice aftertaste. Good pedigree. Decant this. Lots of flavour. 14.5°. From 2013. 2026-27 Dec 2011