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The Wines

100% Grenache (1900s-1910s, used for massale cuttings to replace dead vines) from 2 plots total 0.5 hectare on sand-gravel, white, brown clay-limestone soils at Gramenon near the house, whole bunch fermentation in an open wood vat, 2-3 week vinification, daily pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 5-10 year 228 & 225-litre oak casks 8 months, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 1979, 2,800-5,250 b

2018 ()

(casks, bottling Oct 2019) sound red colour; the bouquet is nicely curved, on a supple air of blackberry, has a neat sweet spot central to it, some raspberry. It is essentially bright. The palate is reserved, holds back, but has very sure depth, levels of content, reaches out well, ends firmly. There’s thickness in its juice, and it accumulates its foundation well. The length is very good. Take your time. From 2021 is the advice. 2031-33 Feb 2019

2017

(casks, bottling Sept 2018) red robe; has a peony-violet aroma which is a bonny intro, soaked red cherries behind, a gentle roundness. There is an immediate flash of warm red fruit flavour; it unfurls well, picks up close-knit tannin, gummy marks on them. This has marked inner strength, is a doughty style of wine. From spring 2020. A low 2,800 b. 2028-30 Feb 2018

2011

(cask, bottling end Dec 2012) matt red, rather pale robe. Cassis and cassis leaf air, also smoky Indian tea, a bracing start. There is immediately firm grip to this, with tang in its black fruit, and a lingering smoky trail. Very young, just out of its grape skin. Holds clear late acidity, has a lees note late on. The fruit persists without any fanfare, does a satisfying, subtle job. 14.5°. “It is profound – it is always a long wine,” Michèle A-L. 2021-23 March 2012

2008

bright, quite full red robe. Varied bouquet – a bit of resin, dry raisin, has a strong pepper influence with decent fruit foundation, beeswax also. There is a violet emphasis on the palate which holds lots of fruit. There is a line of tannin that is well inset. Reaches its destination surely, gaining in weight and foundation in a bonny, gradual way after half way, showing the fruit of these very old wines from that point onwards. Good grain, drinks well now. STGT wine. 2016-18 “It has a bit of mystery, is not a standard wine. It can gain in delicacy and also expression of its soil can come through. It reminds me of 1997, which was very delicate, and not very good for a long time, but then after 8 years, it expressed soil and vine together,” M A-L. 14°. Nov 2009