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47-55% Grenache (late 1980s), 45-47% Syrah 0-3% Cinsault, 0-3% Mourvèdre from pebble stone covered clay soils on the Hautes Garrigues at Sarrians, pre-fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 3-4 week steel vat vinification, daily pumping overs, concrete vat raised 6-12 months, filtered, 60-126,000 b

2018 ()

dark red; the nose appeals via its soaked raspberries, sweet-toned aroma, with a note of cool restraint below, gorse bushes, licorice also. The palate is a good bundle of garrigue, mixed herbs with its good roll of red fruit, brightness in the tannins which have a salty take in a menthol finish, some glow off the warm lands there. This is a true Vacqueyras. 15°. 47% Gren, 47% Syr, 3% Cins, 3% Mourv. €13. Harvested 17-27 Sept 2018. From spring 2021. 2031-33 Feb 2020

2016

full, dark red, black tinted robe. The bouquet reflects the garrigue nicely, mixed herbs, red and black berry fruits, tobacco smoke, has nudges of interest. There is some reduc tion, so allow it to breathe. This has character, local appeal, is an STGT wine with fluid juice, pure fruit, trim content, sparky tannins a little on the crisp side for now. It ends freely, on a fresh trail. It will come together and expand nicely. 15°. From spring 2019. 2029-30 Feb 2018

2015 No Rating

dark red robe. Stale, cork aroma on the nose, even though this is a nomacorc closure. 14°. 55%  Gren, 45% Syr. 126,000 b. €15. June 2017

2014

quite a full red robe. Savage cork. 2nd bottle: dark red. Reduction shows on the nose, and blocks free access to its fruit, which suggests blueberry, prune. The palate also leans towards reduction, holds Grenache-inspired plum fruit at its heart. This has a rough n’ready feel to it, isn’t a smooth running ensemble as it stands. So: leave until spring 2017, and its tannins may be less rugged, the wine clearer and more fused. 13.5°. 60,000 b. 2021-22  Dec 2015 

2012

dark, rather bright robe. The bouquet is ample, delves into mystery, shows reduction, comes with some raspberry, mulberry liqueur fruit in it, has that depth. The palate delivers a peppery prune flavour with an encircled, spiced finish, where the tannins rev up. The aftertaste is chewy, sustained. Has the charge of Vacqueyras, is good, typical and traditional, a gunslinger from southern plains and plateaus. Full and continuous. Drink with beef, venison. From spring 2015. 14°. 2022-23  Dec 2013