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50-71% 1955 Grenache, 25-40% Syrah (1981-1996), 2-5% Cinsault (mid-late 1950s), 0-13% Mourvèdre (2001) from gravel, sand, pebbly soils, some clay on La Verde, Pavane, Cabannes on Garrigues Sud, destemmed, co-fermented, 3-4 week steel vat vinification, wild yeasts, Grenache/Cinsault daily pumping overs, Syrah part vat emptying/refilling, aged 90% concrete vat, 10% used 500-litre oak casks 12 months, has been aged oak vats & used 500-600-litre oak casks 12 months, ageing down from 18-21 months late 2000s, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 35-80,000 b

2018 ()

dark robe, rather matt hue. The nose carries sweet red fruit, a notion of oak, so has a varnish note, along with cooked plum airs. The palate starts on spiced red berry content with a note of dryness, tang, manages to hold it together into a very Grenache, floral finale. It’s gives an honest glass of Vacqueyras, is ready now, with some early life guiding it. 14.5°. 36,000 b. 50% Gren, 37% Syr, 13% Mourv. €14. 2029-31 Feb 2020

2016 ()

dark red. The nose is reserved, has a brewed fruits presence, a southern oiliness, clusters of dried garrigue herbs. The palate bears a cooked berry flavour, loganberry in style, with a close, sealed set of tannins lining it. It has sound heart, and is an authentic Vacqueyras, a little challenging still on the finish. It will go well with stews, game. 14.5°. 36,000 b. 71% Gren, 25% Syr, 4% Cins. From spring 2019. 2028-30 Feb 2018

2014 ()

(barrel/casks) full robe. The nose presents an attractive black cherry aroma with a suave depth. It is young, has a little rosemary present, isn’t much varied yet. This sequels well into the palate’s expressive, free running black fruit which carries a nudge of salty clarity as it finishes. The tannins fit in closely. Good balance, and enjoyable drinking. This is w.o.w. Vacqueyras. 14°. To 2020: it is worth drinking in its youth. Dec 2015

2013

garnet tinted robe. Dark, red fruited nose. The palate is supple and round, juicy and accessible, but structured as well. It is firm and fresh on the finish. Satisfactory for the vintage. 14°. From 2016. 2020-21 JL Dec 2014

2012 ()

dark red. There is an aroma of concentrated ripe, mulled raspberry fruit on the nose – it comes with a definite sweet side. The palate is savoury, offers liqueur red fruits flavour with a chicken stock, tarragon herbs implant in it. The length is decent. It ends just a little stretched, the sign-off rather taut. From mid-2014. 14.5°. 58% Gren, 40% Syr, 2% Cins this year, 35,000 b. €5.40 at cellars. To 2019  Dec 2013

2009 ()

(example of the blend) modest red robe; copious, wide bouquet that beams me up, Scotty, shows black fruits, nettles. Ripples of flavour and flesh on the palate , which is juicy and tasty. Has early style wine approachability. A regular wine that will receive 10-12 months more raising. Lasts well along the palate. 2016-17 July 2010

2008 ()

mild red colour; slightly narrow, channelled red stone fruit aroma. Pliant and easy red jam flavour – a wine in the here and now already. Has sweet late moments such as strawberry jam flavouring. The palate is more interesting than the nose – is more rounded. 14°. To 2013. July 2010

2007 ()

attractive, live red robe. The top air to the bouquet is nutty, but there is clear red fruit under that – the nose here is good and “breezy”. The palate bears appealing fruit that comes with a pepper lacing, and the whole affair works well. The length is good – the wine runs consecutively, is not at all cellar forced. The link between the nose and the palate is close. Nice crisp finish. 14.5°. 2012-13 March 2009

2004 ()

chocolatey, full aroma – there is brewed raspberry fruit behind that, and a gamey air. The palate has a round, supple start, but the fruit is a little stretched. I am not sure how well knit is its acidity. It ends on a clinical note. I would like more deeply-seated fruit and a more thorough composition. To 2011. May 2006