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68-74% Grenache (late 1970s), 18-27% Syrah (1980), 5-8% Cinsault (late 1970s) from galet stone covered clay-lime soils on Les Garrigues at Sarrians, Syrah whole bunch, Grenache-Cinsault destemmed, 4+ week tronconic oak vat vinification, wild yeasts, Grenache/Cinsault pumping overs, Syrah part vat emptying/refilling, raised 67% tronconic oak vat, 33% 550-litre oak casks 6 months, then all concrete vat 6 months, unfined, filtered, first vintage 2015, organic wine, 7,300-12,000 b


(vat/casks) dark robe; the bouquet is inky, broad, on smoke, prune fruit with definite charge within, a hint of saltiness. The palate runs with attractive black fruits, some thickness in the texture from the dry conditions, the tannins ripe and dense on the finish. It’s a well composed Vacqueyras that captures place and vintage. It needs bottling now, in order to retain most of its freshness. 14.5°. 7,330 b. 74% Gren, 18% Syr, 8% Cins. €18.50. From mid-2021. 2035-37 Feb 2020


(vat) dark robe, a full red. There is a sweet block of ripe black berry fruit on the nose, resembles a lozenge fest, fruit pastilles of one’s youth. There’s a lurking reduction, so air will benefit it. The palate is pretty stylish, bears good, juicy fruits, a cluster of tasty berries with supple tannins adding a little waviness on the late stages. This is appealing, has a few floral touches. It’s a spherical, very likeable, very pure Vacqueyras, a real treat, the aftertaste very accomplished, finely detailed. 14.5°. 12,000 b. 68% Gren, 27% Syr, 5% Cins. From 2019. 2028-29 Feb 2018

2015 ()

steady red robe. The nose gives a flashy air of crisp raspberry fruit with a cassis, blackcurrant backdrop and notes of dried herbs. It has a racy style. The palate runs freely and well with dark red berry fruit, licorice, some late tar-tannin. There is a small pocket of squeezy gras near the finish. This is fresh, aromatic, almost wired wine; drink with grills, beef. It could become a little longer by autumn 2017. 14.5°. €18. 2023-24 March 2017