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usually 100% Grenache, can be 95 Grenache, 5 Syrah, about 50% destemmed, 2 week vinification, pumping overs, 1 or 2 cap punchings, aged 50% concrete vat, 50% 5-10 year 228 & 225-litre oak casks 8 months, unfined, unfiltered, last wine 2008, 10,000 b

2007

attractive full red, nicely tinted. Smoky, grainy nose with breezy freshness in it, has a small ball of plump black fruit deep within. Suspicion of spritz on attack, a fermenting vat influence. There is licorice in the flavour, the shape of the wine resembles an arrow. It smooths its initial charcoal-edged finish with air, becomes more lissom via a black jam sign-off that bears a grainy fragrance. It is better on Day 2, note: smoother, more integrated, shows black fruit with a tiny mineral fleck late on. Decanting an option. This has now been in my cellar for over one year, and it is a wine that does not respond well to travel/shipping – needs time between outings. 2016-17 Feb 2011 Previously March 2010 No Rating purple-red robe. Black berry, volatile acidity involvement on the nose. The palate is a bit fizzy, the flavour is like red cherry, and moves to a rather burnt finale. There is live acidity in this as presented today – was delivered from the local merchant, so has travelled precisely 10 miles. Not stable. Is it liked by the drinkers here, who are not wine specialists? Answer: no. Day 2: still edgy. 14°. March 2010

2006

pale purple-red, legs down glass. Fresh, immediate red cherry and mulberry aroma – it smiles out of the glass, has a liberal pepper sprinkling. Direct, lively fruit on the palate – it is fine-bodied, lives on some tension, shows local heat on the finish. Reminds me of a Laurent Charvin Côtes du Rhône from his Châteauneuf domaine – that sort of fine fruit. Widens at the last stage, has sound length, also understated, subtle depth which will grow with air. A wine for purists, who appreciate restraint and what I term “apparent simplicity” in their wines. 14°. 2013-14 Worth its £13.75 from Tanners Dec 2009