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55-60% Grenache, 25-30% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Cinsault, 70-100% destemmed, 3 week vinification at 30°C, pumping overs, 0-30% maceration carbonique, steel vat raised 8-10 months, unfined, filtered, 52-81,000 b

2013 ()

lighter purple-garnet robe. The nose is slightly reductive, with plummy red fruit sitting in behind. The palate is chewy and solid, alcohol present as well. The tannins are drying on the finish. 14°. 80,000 b. Gren, Syr, Cins this year. €19 at the cellars. Drink from end 2015 until 2020. JL Dec 2014

2012

2 bottles tasted, 1st bottle corked. 2nd bottle: shiny dark red; mixed aroma that loops in chicken stock, crushed nutshells, soaked plums, red cherries, is rather closed in. The palate gains in concentration as it goes; the fruit is smooth, the tannins wrapped around it, gives a small display of aniseed and fennel freshness as it ends, and a hint of warm glow. Decant it. It is a bit arm’s length. 13.5°. 80,000 b. 2020-21 Dec 2013

2011 ()

sound, three-quarter depth red. Red cherry, herbs and spice air; the nose is lightly reduced, so can be decanted. The palate has an ease in its red fruit, is drinkable now. It ends on a little group of nutty tannins that will move inside in the next 6 to 9 months. This can even be served chilled. Vest drinking early for its current fruit. More a French style than Anglo-Saxon – the latter would want more bang, more depth. To 2017. €19 at cellars. Dec 2012

2010

rather bright red; the nose is rather reductive, needs decanting; there is red berry fruit behind in a low-key way, is soft in style. The palate resembles the mildness of the nose, is a compact little bundle. It reveals black, smoky tannins on the finish. I feel it could have been raised for longer. It ends tightly, the fruit sunk somewhere within. Has a dark, tarry exit. OK, correct wine. From 2013. 14.5°. 2023-24 Dec 2011

2008 ()

quite a bright plum red. Pepper hovers over a mid-depth, round aroma that resembles plum liqueur, but also has grainy, cocoa even coconut elements. The palate starts on a wiry note on the attack, releases fruit that is not fully ripe Grenache – hence there a few pepper, rather green notes, which need to soften. Close to OK, but lacks genuine ripeness. From late 2010. 2015 or so. Dec 2009

2006 ()

red, quite light colour. Mature aroma – pebbly red fruit, is a bit grainy, red jam, seems tired early. Modest palate: low-key red fruit, lacks freshness. A wine for now, but lacks Gigondas authority. Modest red fruit, simple sweetness, unmemorable. Disappointing. Drinks rather primeur-like, but I certainly don`t want primeur wines at around 15°. 14.5°. To 2011. Nov 2008