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The Wines

100% Grenache (1930s-1940s) on the rocky plateau at 400 metres, small stones, limestone soils, whole bunch 2 week vinification (before mid-2010s up to 50% destemmed), pumping overs, 1 or 2 cap punchings, aged used 600-litre oak cask, horizontal egg vat two winters (before mid-2010s aged 5-10 year 228 & 225-litre oak casks 7-8 months), unfined, unfiltered, named after a chef friend, first wine 1992, not made every year, has been 2,000 b, “enough to fill the vat”, 1,000 magnums (2019)

2019 ()

(cask/egg vat) regular red robe; the bouquet is fulsome, with reserves to come, shows very typical Grenache red fruits, plums, has a good core. The palate gives bright, running red fruit with a grippy second half into a thorough close, restraint there, low-key crunch from the stems. Its juice is only slightly on parade; this is a structured, long-term play – drink from 2023. The first version of this since 2015. 2033-35 Feb 2020

2007

dark, bright, shiny dark red. Black cherry, towards liqueur aroma, has game and earthy touches, ground nuts here as well. The fruit tastes of black cherry or blackberry, with a the late arrival of an Indian tea implant. I find this an in and out wine, inconsistent. Has a licorice aftertaste. 14°. 2015-16 Nov 2009