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75% Grenache, 25% Syrah (both late 1990s) from marl, clay soils at 300-400 metres on La Marone et Beau Regard (N facing), destemmed, 2 week concrete vat vinification of varieties together, cap punching, daily pumping overs, aged 2-6 year 600-litre oak casks 14 months, unfined, unfiltered, called Montagne Vieille until 2012, called Clos du Garde since 2016, 1,500-2,500 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark, rather sombre robe; the nose has a cedar-pine front, notes of cocoa, black raisin, prune, a ripe compression in the fruit. It’s not yet in gear. The palate holds cooked dark fruits, cassis with oaking, is very much still en formation. There is agreeable looseness, space as it runs, taking a cool route over a warm, emphasized one. Its intricacy means it requires time – from 2023. Decant it. 14.5°. 2,500 b. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. €18.5 at cellars. 2040-42 Feb 2020


(casks) deep red and black-tinted robe. The nose is raw, on the vat with a sense of the lees, black cherry fruit within, a little meatiness. The palate bears stylish content with trim tannins well entered. This has more grace than many, is less of a heat-sun ball and less sweet than many, is articulate, has a friendly floral, rose-hip nuance. The finish is measured, with pumice stone-rocky smoke features. 14.5°. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. From late-2020. 2038-41  Oct 2018

2016 ()

(casks) dark red colour. The bouquet presents an oily, suave air of raspberry fruit in liqueur form. There is a tinkle of fresher blackberry making it jump a little. The palate is beefy on the attack, delivers a full, encompassing black cherry content with rich tannins set inside – they amplify the late moments. It’s almost a” knife and fork wine” – it has scale, paints a large picture. Even with the size, there is balance. It’s good and long. From 2021. 2035-38 Oct 2017


attractive, pretty full red colour. The nose has serene promise for a future charm and variety of aromas, with red fruits such as mulberry and a note of loganberry in the mix. It’s well together, a good ensemble. The palate holds appealing, spiced and lightly scented content with a line of smooth tannins picking up the baton after the half way point. This is stylish Gigondas, a nourishing and delightful wine with good detail and a winning purity. The finish is quietly fresh. 14.5°. 2,500 b. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. €18 at the cellars. From 2018. 2025-27 May 2017

2014 ()

(casks, bottling March 2016) dark colour; has an inky, beef stock aroma, a full bouquet, simmered cassis fruit within. It is rather muscular. The palate is making its way via some ripe fruit such as prune and blackberry coulis; it is brewed up in style. It takes on a little menthol as it closes, suggests oaking. The fusion between content and its oak raising is still in play, so there is a question here for now. The base matter is good.14.5°. 2,000 b. €18. From 2018. 2026-27  Dec 2015

2013 ()

full, dark red. Has an air of cooked black stone fruits, prune and a little saltiness, mocha present. It shows promise. The attack gives a moment of rounded black berry fruit, before running into a direct very crisp phase marked by keen tannins and front of the mouth acidity. This is developing a wavy fruit style, and needs to tone down the finish, so drink from mid-2017. It has local colour. 14°. 2024-26  Dec 2015 Previously Dec 2014 ****(*) (casks) deep, bright purple colour. The nose is subdued, but comes with a dark fruit nuance. There’s a steely edge as well. The palate is firm and structured. This is a powerful wine with a stamp of the terroir. Its tannins are firm, fresh and long. This has definite ageing potential. 14.5°. 1,500 b. €17 at the cellars. From 2017. 2029-30 JL Dec 2014  


dark red robe. The bouquet is gently reserved, offers rather classy blackberry. It has a juvenile, youthful roundness, isn’t varied, though there is the first hint of damp forest creeping in. The palate holds fresh and relaxed gras richness, comes with good lustre, its juice stemming from within, backed by tannins that nudge in, spicily, by the side door. From spring 2017 to refine the finish. 14°. 2025-26  Dec 2015 Previously Dec 2013 ***(*) dark colour. Scented, floral blackberry fruit airs, a good combination, pine as well – this is a grainy, clear bouquet. The palate is smoky, spiced, a bit seared and full-on, with oaking. It holds free wheeling black fruit with a meaty intensity that develops, its depth grounded, the flavour oily, peppery and prolonged. This encourages thoughts of a beef daube or slow-cooked stew, sauced venison. It is punchy, a little heady and high octane, has drive, and there are resin notes from the oak. From mid-late 2015. (casks) 14°. €14.50 at cellars. 2023-25  Dec 2013

2011 ()

full, dark red. The nose has a brewed, simmered air, red meat strength within, along with spice: it is starting to move. The palate starts on spice, wears its heart on its sleeve, tries to please. This is an open book Gigondas, with plenty of spice. I find it less polished, less classy than the 2012 (perhaps whole bunch this year versus all destemmed in 2012). It is genuine, but the 2012 tannins are more refined. Its juice travels quite a long way, and it is vintage faithful. 14°. 2021-22 Dec 2015