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100% Grenache (early 1980s) from clay-limestone slopes between Vinsobres & Valréas, 50% hand, 50% machine harvested, destemmed, 8-10 day concrete vat vinification, daily pumping overs, enamel vat raised 6-7 months, unfined, light filtration, no SO2 added at any stage, first wine 2010, “drink with Indian cuisine, vegetarian dishes”, 3-10,000 b

2015

the robe is black-purple, dark. The nose involves crushed nutshells, pistachio, with an underlay of black stone fruits. The attack is immediate, comes on a wave of loganberry and blackberry fruit, keeps rolling well. This is up-tempo, engaging, w.o.w. wine thanks to its generous content. The length is good, as is the purity of the fruit. 14.5°. 10,000 b. 100% Gren. Bottled March 2016. 2020-21  June 2016

2012

shiny, dark and inviting red and black robe. The bouquet has reductive, leesy airs, clear fruit within it, a stylish black cherry, a wide scale to it: has a Vin Nature style of raw goods. The palate has a nutty element in its cassis fruit and the onset of dry tannins after half way, a lot of grilling. A considerable challenge presents itself here: it is a good wine at heart, but there are a lot of distractions as you drink it. Allow until spring 2015 to encourage more integration. For informed drinkers only. 14.5°. To 2018. 13.5°. 3,000 b this year. Oct 2013

2011

dark, shiny robe. The nose is reserved, has a hint of reduction. There is an air of smooth black cherry, damp and dark soil motes that are fundamental as well. It gains clarity with air, and a more pure black fruit comes through. Tasted blind – when I see it is no SO2 wine, the start and the evolution on the nose are explained. The palate isn’t settled, as if it has been made with different, not yet sealed together parts. The cellars feels prominent, and it ends tightly, compressed. Decant and wait. The fruit persists, and the wine has heart, just needs to bind. 5,000 b this year. From 2014. 2017-18  Oct 2012

2001 ()

ruby tints in the red robe, a low-key now at its centre. The bouquet shows good style – light dust, really refined red fruit jam or jelly, grilled bacon. There are game, fungal notes in the palate’s plum fruit; there is a yeasty angle here. Has a blackberry and strawberry jam flavour that floats, isn’t profound. The cool texture is very much representative of its minor altitude and relatively northern zone. Its age is most revealed by its game notes on the nose and palate. It is a wee bit thin towards the finish. Calm, graceful wine now. To 2012 Jan 2011