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100% Grenache (1970s) from a 5 hectare plot at 400 metres, very clay soils plus limestone at Valréas, part destemmed, 2 week concrete vat vinification, pumping overs, 20-25 mg SO2 applied after malo, from 2011 raised enamel vats 6-10 months (before was raised 50-70% used 5-9 year oak casks, 30-50% concrete vat 7-8 months), unfined, unfiltered, before 2011 was just Côtes du Rhône, 6,000-13,300 b

2018 ()

(vat, bottling autumn 2019) like all the 2018s, this is Côtes du Rhône, not Valréas this year: dark red colour. The nose has a mild blackberry air, a curvy style that leans towards coulis, good purity, with smoky top notes. The palate is lissom and suave, holds very good quality fruit, runs with brio, extends into a minted finish. This is good and drinkable with an underpinning, a foundation, that is discreetly solid. There are black truffle notes towards the finish, which is a sign of its place. The tannins require another 18 months. 50% whole bunch. “This is always from Valréas, but this year includes Vinsobres harvest since there was so little Vinsobres – we didn’t make a Vinsobres this year [hail at the end of May, and mildew], which means this wine is 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 6,000 bottles all told,” Michèle Aubéry-Laurent. 2027-29 Feb 2019

2017

(vat, bottling July 2018) red-purple robe. There’s a mulberry-raspberry aroma with cards to play – variety and bloom. The altitude restrains it for now. There is a good bundle of spiced content on the palate, with grippy tannins, chewy notes. This is STGT Valréas, very true – it has the reserve, width, clarity and slightly wiry tannins. 70% Gren, 30% Syr. From 2020. 2028-29 Feb 2018

2015

red robe. The nose is reserved, has cards to play, airs of red berries, a low-key sweetness on the inside, a dash of herbes de Provence, thyme. It is sturdy, but also lucid. The palate bears quietly thick juice with Grenache-led plum fruit and prominent but supple tannins. It ends with munchability, good chewy content. This holds well camouflaged power, is an intense, authentic wine. The length is good – there is sustained content on the aftertaste. It has a full-blooded, bold style. Decant it. 15°. From mid-2017. 2024-26 Nov 2016 GB £121 12 b in bond H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 478 7376

2011 ()

2 bottles tasted, 1st bottle shows light cork. Bottle 2: full, sustained, dark red. Herbs such as thyme hover above its air of blackberry fruit – there is crisp restraint here, a note of licorice. The palate kicks off on dark fruits, and sustains well. The fruits pick up violet, laurel touches. It ends on a true Valréas pebbly cut, a sign-off from the pine-fringed lands – that scented dust seasoned with menthol. The fruit is stylish, and this is genuine local, STGT wine. From mid-2013. 14.5°. 2018-19  Oct 2012  Previously March 2012 ***(*) (bottling in May 2012) dark tints in the red robe; the front air leads with red jam, a pretty raspberry with sun and ripeness here, has light violet in it. The palate has red cherry grip on the attack – this is very different from the other Gramenon 2011s – it has more grain, pebble, flatter tannins, with the fruit ticking over quietly within. From late 2013. 2020-22 March 2012

2009 No Rating

12,000 b this year