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55-60% Grenache, 30-35% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre (av age 38 years) from south-west facing clay-limestone marl soils, destemmed, 4-5 week vinification at 28-30°C, daily part vat emptying/refilling for 1st week, concrete vat raised 12-18 months, filtered, “drink with sauté of Provençal lamb, filet of beef with olives, veal Orloff, magret de canard [roast duck breast], coq au vin”

2017 ()

(concrete vat) good shiny dark red; the bouquet has good heart, shows smoky Grenache cooked plum fruits, a note of sweet herbs and baking. It has inner strength. The palate bears good levels of sustained red fruit juice with smoky tannins that are typical of Gigondas, leaving an ash-like close. This is genuine, carries a good centre. The aftertaste is chewy, dry. This can get it together. Leave until spring 2021. 15°. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv. 2037-39 Oct 2018

2013

plum red colour, some shine. The noose carries reduction, has a husky side, baking, It needs decanting. The palate comes with red berry fruits, is spiced and continues with a sound level of richness. The aftertaste is also a little baked, out on its own. This lacks brightness. Drink with stews. 14°. 2030-32 Oct 2018

2011

from Gabriel Meffre on the label: thick, dark robe. The bouquet has the vintage weight, gives a prune, sweetly concentrated aroma, soaked fruits, is a fat start. The palate holds fleshy content, is liberally spiced, the flavour resting on date, limited amounts of dense juice on the go. The aftertaste is smoky, on black raisin and chocolate. This is a box of spice in the glass, is on a bed of power, is heavy, unctuous, and is suited to game dishes, stews, sipping rather than drinking, the vintage high degree an issue. 15.5°. 2032-34 Oct 2018

2010

(vat) red robe with a dark hue; Has a curvy blackberry air – the nose works on an appealing sweetness, is young and innocent, has no extra corners for now. Similar start to the palate – a squeezy black fruit which moves into darker, more biting tannins that leave a tar-licorice, slight oak-charcoal final stamp. Stylish wine – not a built-up Gigondas. It will be singing around 2015. 14.5°. 2028-30 Dec 2011

2009 ()

2 bottles tasted. 1st bottle: Brett, very dry, perhaps underripe. 2nd bottle: dark robe; oily, liqueur style black fruit aroma, has a beef stock depth to it, a snap of licorice. The palate commences on active black fruit, pushes out and lengthens in its stride, with no hesitation. Plenty here – it will be enjoyed for its fullness in the glass, is a delivery of abundance. Ripe, shapely tannin closes it. from 2013. €7 export price, fair. 2026-28 July 2011

2008

sober, three-quarter depth red; brioche, red cherry cake air that is gently round, mildly sweet. Rather precise red cherry fruit and jam flavouring, a little sweetness in it; adds vanilla towards the finish, ends roundly. Drink now. There are likeable pebbly notes in the tannins, and the aftertaste reflects fennel and thyme. Decent balance to this, good for 2008. To 2020. July 2011

2007

dark tints in a full robe; sultry, full robe led by black cherry liqueur, some biscuit airs (Rich Tea or Lu in GB/France) beside. Fruit, pebble, floral aroma are mixed here. Well-knit palate, with gras that is precise, has good focus. Good scent drifts across the finish, almost like wisteria flowers or blossom. Interesting wine, since it is full, but also deft. Striking wine, even if it is quite powerful, a bit unexpressive on the finish. 2024-26 July 2011

2006

good full red, black tints. “Muddy” air to bouquet – black stone fruits with smoky licorice, bacon trimming and some reductive, fundamental notes hovering. Simmered black fruits on the palate, licorice present, runs freely until a comfortable ending that has sprightly black pepper in it. Cleanly approachable wine, steady, not striking. 14.5°. 2019-21 Nov 2008

2005

black plum colour; oily black fruit on the nose with some bacon in the air, and a top note of oaken nuttiness: the bouquet persists pretty well. There are broad, assured fruits on the palate, that come with a sound, rich nature. I like its depth, it is comfortably weighted and pretty. Bilberry and blackberry notes towards the finish. The balance is OK, and there are some late licorice and herbs in the taste, and signs of grip. Good fruit, good ensemble here. From late 2009. 2023-25 June 2008

1997

quite a solid colour; the bouquet works well – dark plum airs, some garrigue, the fruit simple and soft. This is also easy going on the palate, the body agreeable, the fruit plum-like. It is in the early drinking style, but has body to live for 10 years or so. There is a touch of quite ripe tannin on the finish, which signs off a little early. 2007-09  April 1999

1996 ()

dark robe. The nose is brewed, shows some dark fruit with airs of stewed tea, a little alcohol. The palate is tight-knit, has agreeable plum flavour, prune, the grip OK. Finishes on a minty note, suggest Mourvèdre (tasted blind). It is straight down the line for now, needs leaving till 2001 spring. 2016-18  April 1999