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80% Grenache (av age 60 years, oldest 1902),0-20% Mourvèdre, 0-20% Syrah from limestone-clay soils, destemmed, 4-5-week vinification, part concrete vat, part oak cask raised 12 months, filtered, organic wine, 26-30,000 b

2016 ()

dark red robe. Has a brewed bouquet with notions of oxtail, beefiness, boskiness, varnish, the fruit being dark. It could be clearer. The palate has pine aspects, a brewed, stewed fruits with lashings of pepper, the finish out on its own via dryness in the tannins. This has the problem of the vintage – the dry tannins – built into it. It’s a cussed customer. Decanting necessary. From mid-2019, but not sure it can really fuse. 14.5°. 53,000 b. 80% Gren, 20% Mourv. 2026-27 Feb 2018

2014

shiny, quite full red. There is a red cherry, eau de vie of cherry aroma on the bouquet, a backdrop of dark berries. The palate is drinking freely already, with some fluid black berry juice followed by a mild set of tannins. An orderly package. 14°. 30,000 b. 2019-20  Dec 2015 

2013

dark purple colour. The nose is poised, has good presence, shows dark fruit airs with a hint of cassis. There is good depth of fruit on the palate, with a firm tannic line. This is fresh and balanced, comes with a certain presence. There is also some ageing potential. 14°. 30,000 b. US$25. From 2016. 2021-22  JL Dec 2014

2012

handsome dark robe. Has a graceful black berry aroma, a shimmer of flowers in it, good clear fruit that is nicely ripe – the bouquet is stylish. The palate reflects the nose with a pleasing sweet note to its black fruit, and a pick-up of pepper and herbs as it goes, a good, toothsome spur as it ends. Its tannins fit in easily. The finale is rounded, has a prune taste. Immediately likeable. Drink with stews, pies. 14.5°. US$25. 30,000 b. 2019-20  Dec 2013

2005 ()

quite a soft red jam aroma with fair stuffing in the bouquet. Uneven palate. Mulled black berries, with a high tone pitch early on and a dry, aggressive finish. Can’t see this getting there. Gren, 20% Mourvèdre. March 2007