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50-60% Grenache (oldest 1930s, 1960s), 25-35% Syrah, 0-10% Carignan, 5-10% Viognier from clay-limestone soils on Grangeneuve site at 450-500 metres, destemmed, 3 week large oak tronconique barrel vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged large oak barrels, partly steel vat 12 months, filtered, “drink with red meats, game, cheese”, 16-22,000 b


shiny dark red. The bouquet gives a soft, inviting air of sweet black berry fruit, and a notion of dried herbs, while the palate is also supple, washing along with smoky dark fruit and a nudge of late tannin and a peppery flash. This is on the go, in the moment wine, drinks well now. 14°. 50% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Cari, 10% Vio. 22,000 b. €6. To 2018. Feb 2016  


red robe, with light mauve and purple sidings. The first air shows caramel, a slightly sweet, yeasty air with notes of reduction, animal. The fruit is raspberry. The palate is scented, holds black berry fruit with a rose-hip, licorice follow through, leading to clear late stages, a stimulating finish. This has a hand made feel, is typical, can be drunk young and fun. Its tannins are live. Some might find a bit of Brett, but that does not worry me unduly. Decant it. 14°. To 2018. April 2012

2009 ()

nice full red colour; plum fruit nose, pebbly and baked stones airs, light floral touches. Gentle start to the finish, develops peppery late moments, continues well, the length is good. Ends on an up note, all well. Good. 14.5°. To 2017. March 2011


quite a full red robe; the fruit on the bouquet is ripe, but there is a bit of a fungal, sweaty air to it – so decant to free it up. Graceful red fruit leads the palate – this drinks well now, is very accessible and pleasurable, with a good sprinkle of tannins on the finish. Its blackberry fruit is refined. Drink now to 2011-12, especially for that early fruit. July 2009

2006 ()

bright robe, slight evolution in its dark red. The nose is suppressed – has a little nutty top air, cool black fruit within. The palate fruit is similarly cool – this is a wine of some finesse, and its inner power is kept under control until the glow of the aftertaste. The fruit carries oak traces, but its high altitude purity is appealing, reflects its place. There is a type of limestone tang in this, chalky outcrops in the taste and texture. Has good, intense blackberry fruit at its heart. The length is good enough. True to its terroir, STGT wine, even with a little oak. Aftertaste a shade dry. 14.5°. 2014-15 March 2010


dark-tinted robe; black berry fruit in a locked up bouquet, reduction hovering, blackcurrant leaf. The palate gives leathery black fruit which has jam touches; it lengthens OK. This is a little pushed, has a meaty, berried finale. The aftertaste is live. An altitude style wine. The fruit runs on cleanly. 2010-11 April 2006


assertive aroma, some high tone in it, black berry fruit present. There is nice pure cut to the palate black fruits, that come with notes of violet. Shows some end warmth, lasts stylishly, is a nicely unforced wine, well-structured, with ripe tannins. On the button, its length is OK, agreeably decisive. 14°. To 2011. May 2006