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50-80% Grenache (late 1970s and younger), 20-50% Syrah (mid-1990s) from clay-limestone soils, destemmed, 5 week vinification at up to 27°-28°C, daily part vat emptying/refilling, pumping overs, vat raised, filtered, “drink with grilled meats, Provençal dishes”, 50,000 b

2015 ()

has a purple tinted, full red robe. The nose combines blackberry, blackberry leaf, with a dusty, herbes de Provence underlay and some licorice. It is nicely ripe and prolongs well. It’s not quite firing on all cylinders yet. The palate starts on a well-juiced, supple display of lightly spiced blackberry fruit. The tannins fit in well, and have a cosy munchability. This delivers a well rounded, very enjoyable Ventoux, open to all comers. Great with barbecues, sausages excellent, a very bonny w.o.w. Ventoux of lovely squeezy texture and gras. It is long, and has a refined sign-off. The Syrah plays a prominent, bustling role, via the blackberry flavour. 13.5°. 50,000 b. €2.50 export. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. Big V. To 2019 July 2016

2010

medium red robe; smoky bacon, small black berries aroma with garrigue style dust behind. Has a supple, easy start, is inviting to drink – this is appealing and offers agile drinking. Red fruits prevail on the finish. There is a wee note of tannin to support it. 13.5°. To 2014 Feb 2012