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The Wines

Grenache, Syrah (early 1970s), Mourvèdre, Cinsault from clay-limestone soils on La Curnière, pre-fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 12-20 day vinification, daily pumping overs, vat raised 8-12 months, filtered, 80-120,000 b

2016 ()

dark red robe. The nose has a stewed plums aroma, inner sweetness, a hint of menthol, isn’t very varied. The palate bears supple content, presents a trim flavour of black fruits with touches of violet, perfume and spice present. It’s a measured, steady Vacqueyras, on softness more than power. It can expand the finish with a few months more in bottle. The tannins are bendy, supple. 14.5°. From late 2018. 2023-24 Feb 2018

2014

plum red colour. The nose gives an air of rosemary, mild black berry fruit that lies low in the glass. It’s a bit simple. The palate has a baked nature, and struggles to convey freshness of fruit, is all low-key. Not sure about this. Its wings are clipped. 80,000 b. US$18.50. From 2017. 2020-21  Dec 2015 

2013 ()

purple-garnet hue – lighter at the rim. Has a slightly stewed fruit nose, while the palate is firm and plummy. There is a touch of green on the finish, though, and the tannins are drying at the end. 13.5°. US$25. To 2018 JL Dec 2014

2012

dark red. Earthy, busty aroma, has a swell of ground force, animal airs – it is elemental, needs to breathe, shows some herbs. The palate is robust, with a central force of currently subdued red plum fruit and locked-in tannins. It becomes more crisp late on, and the charged-up finish shows mint and black raisin. A wine of the earth, solid in nature. It can gain in expression. Decant this. From spring 2015. 14.5°. £12.99 in GB. 2021-22 Dec 2013

2008

mild red; rather sweet, almost sticky red jam aroma – there is an immediate commercial ring to this. The palate is led by Grenache, but it is droopy, lacks lift. The sticky texture hangs around; wine that feels cobbled together, is not convincing. 14°. To 2014 July 2010