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65-70% Grenache (1935-1940s), 25-30% Syrah (1973-5), 5-15% Mourvèdre (late 1980s), destemmed, 12-15 day vinification, pumping overs, assembled November, then raised steel vats 11 months, then assembled again, raised concrete vats 12-15 months, unfined, filtered, 3-4 bottlings, 30-33,000 b

2018

dark red; the nose is deep, sweet-toned, rests on beef stock, close-knit black fruits, not yet on the go. The palate is broad, savoury, gives a well charged content, spicing and rocky tannins also in play. The length is sound. It has a tasty heart, with drive in the late stages. It has good gusto, a natural, local vigour. From 2022-23. 2036-38 Feb 2020 £98/12 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2016 ()

full red robe. The nose offers a restrained air of blackberry, some charm to set things rolling. There are touches of black olives, damp notes. The palate drinks neatly, bears a gentle mulberry flavour, raspberry spurs to it. This is in the zone now, with just a note of rocky clarity from its tannins late on. It’s nice and natural, unforced. Good with grilled foods, and in restaurants. 2023-24 Feb 2018

2010 ()

(vat) unforced dark red; the nose is showing ripe, jam-like fruit, all very round and easily appealing, has heather, outdoor moorland airs beyond the fruit, a few stones and flint. The air of prune is typically Grenache. The palate holds “chummy” fruit whose depth suggests old vine fruit, a lower yield, the offering of mature plants. Good cohesion here, togetherness along the palate, has fine acidity; the vintage has chipped in to keep its fullness simmering rather than being overburdened. The length is relaxed, the tannins embedded. Quietly intricate, an interesting wine. Templiers is more obvious, peasant than this, which combines sensual, fine qualities with local strength. The finish is aromatic, has prune flavouring, and the aftertaste is absolutely garrigue-like. Good balance here. From 2014. 2028-30 Feb 2012

2007 ()

2 bottles tasted, seeking improvement on the * 1st bottle, which was already evolved through its colour, nose and palate. 2nd bottle: tapering red, not bright. Brewed, raisin-plum aroma. The palate holds uninspiring Grenache, is a workmanlike wine, but there is depth and a late flourish of black pepper. Correct length. Rather raw overall, a hot wine. €8.40 at cellar. 2013-14. 70% G, 25% S, 5% M this year. July 2010

2006 ()

(vat) red robe with life in it, a Post Office red. Toffee on the nose, with red jam within the aroma. This is a get on and do wine; comes with an easy, sweet-toned manner, with a helpful late tannin spot that just adds a wisp of late breeze to it, a last coup d’appel. Stretches out nicely, has a red cherry aftertaste. From 2009. 2014-16 “This is our sort of taste – a wine that is fresh at the end and has balance,” J-M Vache. Jan 2008

2005 ()

quite a full red robe; the bouquet exudes some garrigue and hot, dried stones – reflecting the hot vintage – with baked red fruit tart and spice and some lurking game and farmyard present, too. The fabric is close-knit, with red stone fruits to the fore, and a sealed ending from a reductive phase. Decant this if you want to drink it now. The end is quite nicely fresh, and there is a herbal, scented aftertaste. Still vigorous length. Quite a rich wine, but its tannins are on top now. From late 2009. 2016-17 Jan 2008 Previously March 2007 (vat) ***(*) ripe, stylish black berry aroma with quite a brisk top note. Savoury black fruit on the palate, with violet trimming at the end. The berry flavour flows well, persists, and ends on ripe tannins, revealing licorice, smoke and raisin. 2014-16 March 2007

2004

oily, rather exaggerated nose – plum jam, cocoa. Traditional style wine – lacks clarity. There is some richness here, and keep going until a rather dry end. Empties early. Strange do. March 2007 Previously June 2006 ***(*) (vat) red jam aroma with spice hints and a game side and a little Provençal pepper. Good, typical palate, has an alert, spiced flavour with nice structure. Gains at it goes, shows good clarity. Esp 2009 on. 2019-21 June 2006

2003 ()

smoky, clear-cut nose, the fruit lucid and still young. The palate also shows good fruit with some cut in it early on – leaves a pretty expression. Has a correct structure that grows through the palate, and its red fruit bounces off its tannic lining. This has character, and drinks safely now. More varied from 2006. 2014-16 July 2005