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55-75% Grenache, 10-25% Mourvèdre 15-25% Syrah from 7 hectares on clay-limestone, marl soils at 300-350 metres in the Dentelles, officially organic vineyard work since 2013, hand harvested, 3 day pre-fermentation cooling at 10°C, 4 week vinification, varieties fermented separately at up to 27°C, part vat emptying/refilling, then twice daily pumping overs, cap punching on the Syrah, varieties assembled after vinification, 85-95% steel vat & concrete vat, 5-15% 1-3 year Tronçais & Allier 225-litre oak cask raised 12 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 8,600-27,000 b


(vat/casks) dark red robe; savoury nose with a note of lamb stock, an inside of Grenache red berry fruit that lies low. The palate is spiced, red-fruited, comes with dry-toned tannins that pipe in chalky, rocky elements. This is a bit all over the place at present, needs further raising. There are cool local notes along the second half, but with a degree that is toppy given the ripeness. 14.5°. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Mourv. From 2021. 2037-38 Oct 2018


(vat/casks) fair red robe, a little pale at the top. The nose gives a typical air of sweet Grenache red berry fruit with prominent spicing, white pepper, cinnamon. The palate is unctuous, fleshy, gives a tangy flavour with tar and spice present in its mulberry, brandy cake flavour. It’s a bit hollow, is neither fresh nor compact, and pursues a middle of the road path, is rather ponderous. The aftertaste is floral, perfumed, again ion the spice with some chiselled rockiness in the tannins. 14.5°. 25,000 b. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Mourv. €17.90. From 2020, decanting a help. 2032-34 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(vat/casks) red robe. The nose has a baked, almost yeasty aspect, plum fruits and dried herbs in the mix. The palate is based on cooked plum fruits with some keen tannin close by, the centre rather elegant. The fresh finish captures the vintage correctly. It’s a restrained wine; drink from spring 2018, decanting a help. 14.5°. 24,000 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 20% Mourv. €14.90 at the cellars. 2032-34 March 2017 


(steel vat) dark red colour. Herbs of Provence are sprinkled across the nose with a secure inlay of cooked plum, Grenache fruit. This is a sleek start, with potential. The palate bears red berry, raspberry fruit that isn’t fully declaring for now, is shrouded by some fresh tannins. Good, genuine weight and sound balance will allow ageing over a good few years. Stylish wine. 14°. 27,000 b. €14.90. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Mourv. From mid-2017. 2025-27 Dec 2015  


red robe. Smoky, mixed bag aroma on the nose, menthol, cooked plum, a flash of raspberry. The palate bears overt, crunched 2013 freshness, with tight tannins and an upright shape. It ends on cool, spearmint notes and some power. This is very breezy, rather dusty and demanding for now. 13.5°. A very small 8,600 b. 75% Gren, 15% Syr, 10% Mourv. Bottled May 2015. From late 2017. 2029-31  Dec 2015

2012 ()

(vat) dark red; liberally spiced, pepper, round plum fruit aroma with an earthy, grunt factor. The palate is still withdrawn, but has a gras richness and well-set body. The tannins are bright, and spicing kicks in at the finish. Traditional style Gigondas. A good country wine, no false frills and a warm finale. From spring 2015. €14. 14.35°. 2026-28  Dec 2013

2010 ()

clear, pure red robe. Has a finely fruited air that gives direct access to Grenache red fruit the bouquet has poise. There is nice and clear debut to the palate; the fruit continues effortlessly, taking on a little extra depth, tightening on licorice notes on the finish. This is in a simple state now, is a no frills, clean-cut and direct Gigondas. It shows heat on the aftertaste. From spring 2013. 14.5°. 2026-28 Feb 2012