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70-80% Grenache, 10-20% Syrah, 7-10% Carignan, 0-2% Cinsault, 0-1% Mourvèdre (1950s-1980s) from lightly stony clay-limestone soils, machine harvested, 10-21 day steel vat vinification (whole bunch until mid-2010s), pumping overs, then underground concrete vat raised 12 months, then 228-litre cask aged 6-8 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine, “open 2 hours ahead, drink with stews, sauced red meats”, 40,000 b

2016

red robe, with a little advance, a plum hue, to it. Despite the passage of time, the nose still shows oaking, mixed in with spiced plum fruit, capsicum, and from the oak a note of smoke. The palate is muscular, wrapped together, gives a spicy, fibrous content with chewy tannins. It’s at an intermediate stage, between youth and middle age, and can show better in another year or so: it needs to absorb more oak, and to display more fruit – the oak serves to dry it. It doesn’t quite fire a full cartridge today. 14°. €11 at the cellars. 2025-26 July 2020

2012 ()

(vat no 27) healthy dark red, purple in it. Smoky, good upfront nose that offers plenty of raspberry, has a pleasing chiselled clarity in it. This has good quality fruit, runs freely, has a crisp texture, cool tannins. Promising wine, with fruit that is fluid and drinkable due to its freshness. There is a good cluster of herbs on the finish. Has w.o.w. potential. To 2019  June 2013

2011

shiny, quite dark red colour, wee purple tints. Red cherry liqueur aroma with a smudge of herbs such as thyme, all quite a neat fit. The palate moves with some style – it bears accessible red fruit with a gras, oily texture adding appeal. Unpretentious, nicely made Visan in an uncluttered fashion, nice and natural. There is a pocket of licorice, pebble-flint on the finish, which is quite full. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Cari this year. €4.95. 14.5°. 2018-19  June 2013

2010 ()

attractive dark red, promising robe. Graceful air of black cherry fruit here, with a wee floral note, and dark red berry that resembles mulberry – an inviting bouquet. The attack is easy, has supple tannins. Unassuming quality here, not forced at all. It develops agreeable licorice length into a fine grain finish. The fruit is red, cherry-like. Get on and go style, good for the restaurant trade. It can be drunk solo, is an early style of Visan. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Cari this year. €4.95. 14.5°. 2016-17  June 2013

2007 ()

(vat) mauve of some depth in the colour; the nose is reserved, but there is a good inlay of ripe red fruit such as plum. The palate starts sweetly, jam such as black fruit in the taste. Harmonious, sound balance here, good length, round finish. Good drinking if the rest of its route towards and after bottling goes well. 2012-13. June 2008

2005

plum red, matt hue. The nose is at an evolved stage – the nose suggest some maceration carbonique here – there are gummy red fruits that are not nuancé, are plain in nature. The palate has a supple, easy start, is just past its most vibrant fruit now, but is perfectly OK. Ends on roundness, caramel in the taste. It lacks late lift. Best with hearty foods such as stews rather than more clear flavours. Now to end 2009. June 2008

2004 No Rating

mid-depth red. Peppery, rather dusty bouquet. Starts palate robustly, jam stone fruit in middle, then stops short, vacates towards finish. Dry wine on finish - bad oaking. Feb 2006, Montpellier