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60-75% Grenache (1970s), 10-30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Carignan from stony clay-limestone soils at Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, concrete vat raised 9-12 months, filtered, 40-80,000 b

2015

plum red robe; The bouquet carries a jolly, freely spiced aroma, with a definite Grenache plum fruit imprint, its savoury centre derived from the age of the Grenache vines. It is truly expressive of its lands. The palate holds cool and dusty fruit with a build in tannin towards the finish, the fruit tickling away attractively after the mid-point. This is a good, authentic bundle of southern wine, STGT in the glass, notes of spice right across it, with fresh, menthol-lined tannins on the charge as it finishes. The truth here is admirable, and I give it marks for that. 14°. 80,000 b. 60% Gren, 30% Syr, 10% Mourv. €3.95 export. From spring 2018, with decanting an option. 2022-23 May 2017

2012

(vat) dark red. There is still a note of the lees on the nose from this vat sample, with young, primary dark red fruit there – the nose has depth and also a spirit notion, a baked and biscuity side. The palate has a compact, red berry and blueberry filling, but again a sense of spirit out of proportion with its matter. Needs further judgment post bottling. The finale is a bit dry. 14.5°. 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan. 40,000 b. €3.29 ex cellars. To 2018  Oct 2013

2011 ()

(vat) dark red. Neat black cherry, rounded aroma with some smoky licorice. It offers fruit without extra stimuli for now, has a touch of game. Spice-pepper, grainy darkness is the first impact on the palate – this has charge in it, and its acidity hovers outside on the finish. It shows a bosky, minted, coffee style cut. The nose is more obedient than the palate. The length is fair, though cellar-pushed. Decant this. From 2014. 14.5°. To 2018. 65,000 b this year. Oct 2012

2010

three-quarter depth red; has a gummy, sweet-noted air, light pepper seasoning, with a fat Grenache ripeness. There is a spiced, cinnamon presence through the palate’s stewed red fruit. It is evolving already, as indicated by the robe. It needs drinking with food; the spicing leaves a resin residue that lines the gums, notes of menthol and peppermint, cold Indian tea. 14.5°. To 2016. 80,000 b this year. June 2013