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60-80% old vines Grenache from the richest clay-limestone, galet stone soils on Les Pendants on Les Garrigues and Durandieux, 20-40% Syrah (1968-1969, 1971) from the poorest soils on Derrière la Maison, destemmed, 18-25 day vinification, part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, can do cap punching, aged 2-6 year 450-litre oak casks (ex white wine) 12-15 months, unfined, unfiltered, biodynamic wine, 7-14,000 b

2018 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2017 ()

shiny dark red; the bouquet has nice inner strength, mulberry fruit, is solid, has potential, comes with a tang of crushed rocks. The attack is broad, thorough, intense; it carries freshness, menthol, reaches out well, persists. There’s a good implication of rocks in its texture, the aftertaste salted. It will gradually move together and express openly, so be in no hurry at all. 14°. From 20204. 2042-44 Feb 2020 Previously Feb 2018 ***** (used 450-litre cask, close to the final version of the wine) very dark robe. Spice, licorice airs, blackberries holding the centre ground – they have a sure curve of depth, and charm. There’s also a floral touch. This is certainly floral, smooth flow wine, with good, cool features, a storming freshness, balance, too. “It needs a bit more shoulder on the finish,” Serge Férigoule. I agree, but it has authority and breeding, pedigree. Fine bone tannins are present, some lithe elements from them. The length is sound in this stylish wine. 14.6°. From 2022. 2037-40 Feb 2018

2016

dark red; has a well stoked bouquet, an assertion of black fruits, hidden corners, cassis fruit, a touch of red meat, smoke. There’s a lot to come. The palate starts robustly, and continues like that, keeps the drum beating all through. This is persistent, has very solid, sustained length, is an STGT wine of the South. There is menthol in its fully clad finish, with notes of herbs there, too. From 2022. 80% Gren, 20% Syrah. 14.5°. 2041-43 Feb 2019 Previously Feb 2018 ****(*) (used 450-litre cask, bottling May 2018) very dark colour. Blackberry fruit with a sweet heart to it comes forward on the nose, black olives notably, a southern gourmandise, bacon, even lead pencil, good provocation. The palate has a generous debut, rolls with a serene flow of refined gras within, good iron in it, too. It has a notch more class than the Floureto 2016, is more intricate. The length is good. It is nourishing, prolonged, sweet inside. Great in a magnum. “The terroir of Les Garrigues with iron oxide gives the iron in the wine,” Frédéri Férigoule. “I find white flowers on the close,” Serge F [I agree]. In early 2018 it was too much on its oak, but not now,” Serge F. From 2021. 2037-39. end Feb 2018

2015 ()

full red robe. The nose reflects the old vines sève [sap] right away, is briary, herbal, has a cooked plum air with a touch of sweetness, black olives; it’s a full basket of the south. The floral thread along the palate is most winning; the attack into the mid-palate is grounded, and there’s a surge of menthol on the finish. This has lots of life, character, really stretches out. Decanting advised. 14°. “It’s similar to 2005, good, pure, long and fresh, will live well,” Serge Férigoule. From 2020. 2037-39 Feb 2018 Previously July 2016 ***** (casks) has a dark red, complete robe. The nose smoulders quietly, has airs of mulberry and raspberry, soft spice, geranium. The palate strikes out well – this holds good, stylish, clear Grenache, plum and ripe raspberry in the flavour, with live, cool tannins which have a very good quality. It flows with stylish richness, is complex, STGT wine, from deep-rooted vines, those that drank from those low-down soils and their minerals this year. Blueberry, floral and mineral prompts also come through. 14°.80% Gren, 20% Syr. From mid-2018. 2034-36  July 2016

2014

bottled May 2016: plum red robe. A raspberry fruit aroma with attractive serenity leads a nose with a graceful nature, has a touch of brioche, baked bread, cocoa and licorice along with the fruit. The palate gives immediate juice, with some ripe, dark tannins well fused in behind. This is fresh, medium+ weight wine, one that moves with elegance. Blueberry fruit that is quite full lies within it. 14°. From spring 2018. 2029-31 July 2016

2013 ()

dark red, dark plum robe. The nose is smoky, gives black pepper, clove airs with floral hints, has a prune intensity. The palate starts solidly, is close-knit all through. There are spice, menthol flashes here and there. It gives a continuous run of compact, cooked black stone fruits, licorice late on. It has good, tight qualities and potential; it is broad, unshowy, and will need time to become accessible. 14°. Only 7,000 b this year. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. From 2018. “We hesitated to make a Lopy this year; but there was a belle structure in the end. For 12 months it was bitter and undrinkable, but is becoming a bit more open,” Serge Férigoule. 2031-33 July 2016

2012 ()

(casks) dark colour; suave, rather savoury fruit aroma, prune with smoke and chocolate in it; there is slightly clipped note, a hesitation, and cocoa, baking airs come from that. The palate produces black fruit that thickens markedly after its mid-point. There is a firm surge on the aftertaste; it has iron in its close, a ferrous angle. The tannins are punchy, pushy, free running. Has kirsch, solar leanings. It keeps going well, is lucid, and will gain over time: I like its “quality by stealth” nature From 2016. 14°. €21 at the domaine. 2025-27  Dec 2013  Previously Oct 2012 ****(*) (old vines Grenache, harvested 7 Sept, sugars, malo done, vat) **** purple darkness. Has a wide aroma, good grain, restrained fruit, plenty in the nose. The palate lengthens steadily, has a little crunch in its tannins; not obviously fat, but is rich. This will be a good base, is fine and can be intricate. Menthol clarity on the finish. 15-16 years. (1968-69 Syrah, harvested 29 August, vat) ***** very dark. The nose is profound and broad but also clear, not heavy. The fruit resembles a mix of blackberry and mulberry, has nice reserve. The palate is packed with crunchy fruit, holds fine grain tannin, comes with a floral note. This is very good – stylish, full, has flair. 13.9°. 15 years or so. 2026-29  Oct 2012

2011

(450-litre oak cask) dark red; juicy, black fruit jelly air with a plump centre to the bouquet. This is nearly drinkable now, is all on a smooth run. The main game is flesh, fat; a few tannins are tucked in at the end, and help its length thanks to a nice little extra intensity and a menthol note in a stylish finish. From mid-2014 or 2015 – no hurry. Waiting will improve its variety and nuance. 14°. 2025-27 Oct 2012

2010

dark robe; this has a baked, brioche style front aroma, an oily interior and the mystery of what may develop. The bouquet is one of plenty, has a strong air of blackberry coulis, and will be round and interesting. The palate is compact, but fluid, moves along, has good, ripe fruit carry. The tannins are integrated, have dash and drive. A bit more finesse than Floureto, a more measured wine. A flourishing future lies ahead – this is expressive in the making. The fruit persists here and there for now, creeps out in little drops. Riper and more profound than the Floureto. From 2017. 14°. 2028-30  Oct 2012  Previously Feb 2012 ***** (casks, bottling May 2012) dark purple, belle robe. Has a refined fruit aroma, dark fruit, comes with a polished air, has a grainy integrity, is moving into shape, gives a slight sense of power and the dusty hot plains, and lavender if you please. The palate has a robust, but enveloped start. Really enjoyable fruit that waves along well, is dishy. The flavour is black cherry, but refined and air-filled (aerien) rather than oppressive. The attack, the first sensation, is silkily tasty, yum, yum. An authentic, fire in its belly, of the earth wine with a development of power on the finish. It lengthens with well-filled purpose. Has local virtues, is more complicated and darker than Fleureto 2010. There is a fine peppery inlay, and a grainy late stage. STGT wine that is long and true. There are tannins of verve here. Punchy and unfettered, drink from spring 2014, but it drinks with lots of life now. 14°. 2030-32. 10,000 b this year. Feb 2012

2009

dark-tinted red robe. Has a tight aroma, close-knit black fruit here with no chinks. The palate is full, with really good density at its heart, a true richness that has an inviting sweet spot. It extends with fresh, firm tannins that carry a menthol drive and clarity. A lot of terroir here, a wine that has hardly got going. It ends firmly, on herbs, tea, licorice. It can travel well towards the late 2020s. From late 2014 or 2015. 14°. 2028-30 Feb 2012

2008

rather dark robe, with a purple top. Chocolate airs, a hint of game, black fruits – the bouquet has wide shoulders and is bright. There is a surprisingly seamless content in the palate – dark, spiced fruit – with it presenting a rather stern side for now. The second half of the palate suggests extraction, try hard in the cellar. It ends firmly, on toast and tar, for now. The length is OK. From late 2011. 14°. 2020-21 July 2010

2007 ()

full, dense robe; Has a forward, full bouquet marked by leather-prune airs, is brewed up, shows oily fruit, varnish notes. The palate is broad, and offers plenty, but comes across rather clumsily: there is a chunk of ripe Grenache here. It ends on oak and tar. Masculine, powerful, packed wine. Patience best. From mid-late 2011 or 2012. Needs to free up, loosen. 2019-20 July 2010 Previously Jan 2008 Syrah portion from large barrel: full robe; nicely plump and wide aroma. The palate holds up well, has a sound heart, and runs along elegantly. Its tannins are melded, this is a comfortable wine, with promise. The black fruits carry well, and has a soft, peppery aftertaste. Jan 2008

2006 ()

(cask) dark, black-tinted robe; good, tight black fruit aroma, with oak and pepper. Three-quarter depth, and clarity to come. The palate fruit has a lissom nature, coupled with a clear tone – is suave and clear-cut at the same time. Wholesome wine, with its tannic structure well-set, and expect its tannins to meld by around 2010. Beau vin, that conceals its power of around 15°. “It is very powerful but fine – that's the paradox of Lopy,” S.Férigoule. To be bottled April 2008. 2022-24 Jan 2008

2005

dark purple-mauve colour; the bouquet comes in a square shape, with nut and oak present, and some rich siding to the aroma. This nose is a real lurker, and doesn`t indicate its potential today. There are dense, full raisin notes on the palate, with the freshness just keeping it moving – so big is its ripe content. The result is a rich prune, violet, kirsch-griottes flavour. Big, wide wine that is rich throughout – this is for lovers of wholehearted wines. “Decant this: it will be better from 2010,” S.Férigoule. 2026-29 Jan 2008

2004

raisin-prune mix on the nose, with an elegant, rather floral backdrop and some herbs floating around. The palate carries black fruit with a meaty, leathery outer casing. The tannins are evident and carry a little rigour. There is good juice within the wine, and the black fruit is clear-cut. Good length, and a fresh finale that reflects the vintage accurately. 2015-17 March 2007

2003 ()

interesting mélange of aromas on the bouquet – black fruits, pine needle and pine oil – but the depth is latent today, and there is more to come. Good structure on the palate – mixes some gras with streaks of tannin that come through et the end. A delay wine, don't be in a hurry. The length is sound and there is some late heat. The tannins may be too prominent for some drinkers. A touch demanding, but interesting nonetheless. 2012-15 July 2005 Previously March 2005 ***(*) nicely broad bouquet, fundamental, earthy tones. Real tight fruit on attack, holds a lot of marrow, oiliness. A charged interior, meaty and reserved at this stage. Wait for this – until 2008-09. 2018-20 March 2005

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

1999

red robe, with no black or extras in it, and just a hint of top lightening. Has a spicy, pebbly aroma, with darting red fruits present – they evoke wild fruit, hedge circumstances. The palate is just hitting a profound, fruit-led stage of maturity. The shape is like an arrow, rather than a broad tool. The finish is clear, with traces of red fruit that linger well. This has class, is not showy, but is a persistent and well-grouped ensemble. It is still very perky, and has beautiful late fruit, red fruits there. 13.8°. 2016-18 April 2008

1998 ()

damson plum colour, a good centre to the robe, the top a bit light. The bouquet is nicely varied – black pepper, spice, a sub-air of flowers, licorice, tanned leather hide. Day 3: laurel, gentle rosemary airs. The palate presents an attractive ball of Grenache-inspired plum fruit, extends with gusto, still shows plenty of vigour. It finishes nice and completely, rounded there. There is a fine grain, direct thread in this, with pebbly notes as it closes. It is moving around between fruit, earthy and game notes, with flashes of crystalline black fruit lining the palate. It is lithe, has grip and is peppery; it can be decanted to jolt it past its unruly post opening tendencies into smoother waters. There is an undertow of Brett that comes through by Day 4. 13.5°. 2020-22  Sept 2014, East Sussex Previously May 2001 ****(*) dark, purple-tinted robe; the bouquet is suite locked away, with dry, mineral airs in it as it changes stage. The palate has a good, tight structure. There is a serious amount here, with the ripeness of the fruit coming through at the end. Is notably Grenaché, and has tight tannins on the finish. Leave until 2004+, and I back this to do really well as it ages. 2013-16 May 2001

1997 ()

prune and rose mixed in the bouquet. The palate still has some tannin, even at eight years in a milder vintage. Good sides to the wine – there is fire in its belly. Coffee, baked fruit and tar mingle on the palate, along with heat. A wine of character. 2011-12 March 2005