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50-65% Syrah, 35-50% Grenache, from vineyards at 350 metres, destemmed, steel vat vinification 16-17 days, part vat emptying/refilling at first, then pumping overs, aged 1-year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months (until 2006 was 3-year oak (ex Gevrey-Chambertin) for 6 months), 15,000 b (up from 5,000 b 2005)

2009 ()

full robe. Reductive but well layered, well-filled nose – earthy, truffly black fruit with licorice and black olive tones. Robust debut to the palate – it plunges in. Tight, rather taut in its youth still. The length is good, has a glow of heat on the finish. Punchy wine, but the inner fruit is shapely. Needs two years. From 2013 spring. 2021-22 March 2011

2007

dark robe; nutted, full bouquet with a solid heart, almost a beefy air and nature to it. The palate comes forward on black fruits with an oak infill; this is modern, spruced-up Vinsobres with its oak never far away. A bit of a high octane wine that shows its cellar work for now rather than the vineyard. From spring 2010. To 2015. Bottled 3 months ago. March 2009

2005

raisin, red jam mix on nose, olive-tapenade also – tannins are evident here. Black fruit with a firm grip on palate but sweetens as it goes, has a clear end. Good fruit clarity, with some late energy in the wine. Good balance, has a peppery aftertaste. 2013-15 March 2007